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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

How to make...








Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes!!





We made these for my birthday in February, and they are so tasty, I thought I'd share them with you all!

Cupcake Recipe: (adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!)

Batter:
1 cup soy milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
pinch of turmeric
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Upside-down-ness:
1 can pineapple tidbits (or other size, sliced into small triangles)
1 jar marichino cherries
1/2 cup margarine (1 stick)
2 1/2 cups brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350*. Whisk the soy milk with the vinegar and set aside for a few minutes to thicken. After about 5 minutes, add the turmeric and stir. In another bowl, cream together the margarine and brown sugar. Add the vanilla and soy milk mixture. Then add the dry ingredients.
In a saucepan, melt the margarine on the stove. Add sugar, and mix. If it seems too wet, add more sugar. Too dry? Add a bit of olive oil, 1 teaspoon at a time. When it is cool, pat a tablespoon or two into each space in your muffin tin.



Next, place a few pineapple pieces in a circle, with a cherry in the middle. (I fit 3 pineapples per cake).















Ladle batter into the muffin tin, until the fruit is covered; about 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350* for 20-22 minutes, or until the cake is browned. To remove from the tins, place a cookie sheet on top of the cakes. Flip it over, and let it sit for a minute or two, until the cakes are released. All of the syrup and fruits should come out with the cake. Enjoy!!













Monday, April 13, 2009

Seriously?






It is almost mid-April, and I just ran outside, in my pyjamas, to rescue my newly-planted tomato and blueberry plants from HAIL. Loud, evil, rock salt-sized pieces of hail, pounding into the ground like tiny jackhammers, trying to beat my new baby plants to death. Of course I had to intervene. (Don't judge about the sleepwear, ok? I'm still sick! "Risking life and limb to protect summer crops...")


Oh, and those water things? They're supposed to help the plants grow bigger/faster. It keeps them warmer than normal... but "normal" right now is not so warm! (They're pretty awesome though... My other tomato plant looks HUGE already, in comparison to Wimpy McWimperton over here on the right.)

Isn't that amazing?!