I love the colours of autumn. They’re just so warm and welcoming. And the girl scouts come around with peppermint chocolate cookies….yum!! It means winter is coming, time for me to curl up with a good book and a mocha. It means I will start listening to Christmas music and I will start baking holiday treats. And it also means I have to study for exams. *sigh* As much as I love summer, winter allows me the time to bake, to cook, and to write. Something that is harder to find time to do in the summer (I find). In the autumn I start to have an appetite for good food.
I’ve been planning out my sweet 16. I turned 16 this summer, but I didn’t have a party. And now I am. So this week I will keep you posted throughout this week. Today I made the party favours. Cookies. One of my friends is a Celiac so I bought a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix. I just tried one and they are delicious. Who knew gluten-free food could be so good?
Contrary to many people, I love going back to school. I love being able to see my friends everyday, I love eating lunch with them, and I love hanging out with them. Another thing I love about going back to school is the amount of time I have to blog. Since I was gone almost all summer, I found little time to bake. Now I have more time. I can bake and cook to calm down after a long day of school. During summer break I had this idea of oreo cupcakes. But I wanted to do something different. I didn’t know if it would work or not, but it did. These cupcakes were a hit.
I needed to quickly make 2 dozen cupcakes, so why not use a cake recipe? I used a nice moist chocolate cake recipe (will include soon) and for the icing, an adaption from vegan buttercream. I loved the chocolate against the creamy colour of the buttercream icing. Not only were the colours beautiful together, they tasted fantastic together. I often find buttercream is too heavy in the summer, as well as cream cheese, so this vegan buttercream was fantastic. Nice and light next to the chocolate cake. And they look elegant, I think.
In the heat of the summer it’s great to feel like a 5 year old again. Scooping out the vanilla icecream into a bowl, hoping it won’t melt vefore I’m through with it. Dropping walnuts and chocolate chips on top as well as putting the chopped up banana on the side. As simple as it is, it’s gorgeous. It just seems like summer. I just wish I had some m&m’s and some butterscotch chips on top. If you notice I have full walnuts on my icecream. We had no chopped ones handy, but having full ones on top were delicious. Hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Enjoy!