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, August 20, 2010

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

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These are a great summer cupcake adapted from the genius ladies of Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I normally try to create my own adaptations from published recipes, but these were so cute and so perfect already I didn't play with them too much. These are perfect for a summer Vegan BBQ or get-together.

1/3 c coconut oil, liquid
3/4 c sugar
1 c coconut milk (from the can)
1/4 c vanilla coconut milk (as a non-dairy milk)
1 tsp coconut extract
1 tbsp lime zest
1/4 tsp lime extract OR almond extract
1 c AP flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 c unsweetened coconut

When it's hot out, most likely your coconut oil is already in liquid form. If it's not, just melt it over low heat in a saucepan.

Mix melted oil with sugar, then add in the milks, the extracts and the zest. Add in flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Add in coconut and mix.

Spoon into liners and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Lime Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 c vegan butter
1/2 c veggie shortening
3 1/2 c confectionery sugar
1/4 c fresh lime juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lime zest

Combine all ingredients and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Top with a slice of lime.

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The second time I made these, I topped them with just a bit of coconut glaze, and a maraschino cherry, after I found that the lime buttercream was a little too sweet and tangy for my taste.

1 c confectionery sugar
2 tbsps maraschino cherry juice
1 tbsp vanilla coconut milk (as in non-dairy milk)
1/2 tsp lime zest

Spoon or drizzle onto cooled cupcakes, and top with a cherry.

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