Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

For the cake batter:
1 c almond milk (or your favourite non-dairy milk)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

3/4 c vegan sugar
1/3 c  canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mint extract (spearmint or mint will work - save peppermint for the holidays)

1 c flour
1/3 c cocoa
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Curdle almond milk with apple cider vinegar. Add wet ingredients, with sugar, to the milk mixture. In a separate bowl, sift all dry ingredients together. Add in two batches to the wet ingredients.

Pour into liners or greased tins and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting:
1/2 c non-dairy butter
1/2 c non-dairy shortening, like Earth Balance
3 c confectionary's sugar
Green coloured sugar
Green food colouring
2 tbsp almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp mint extract
1/4 tsp salt

To make the chocolate drizzle:
1/2 coconut oil
1/4 cocoa powder
agave nectar to taste

Use liquid coconut oil and add cocoa powder. Add agave to taste.
For more truffle-like chocolate toppings, roll mixture into balls and put on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator. Chill for 1 hour. Roll in cocoa powder and place in center of frosting.

Cream together butter and shortening. Add confectionary's sugar in 3 batches. Stir in milk, extracts, and add colouring to desired tint. Stir in salt and coloured sugar. Mix well.

Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Top with more coloured sugar and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

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