So many reasons to feel happy & blessed tonight! First off I get to be part of this fabulous “Cook for the Cure” campaign. Not only that I get to share it with you guys and everyone can help support the fight against breast cancer (and it involves cupcakes! yay!).
The theme is “10,000 Cupcakes: 1 Great Cause.” Each time you post an original picture of a cupcake to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #10000cupcakes and #donate while tagging @KitchenAidUSA $1 dollar will be donated by KitchenAid to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Don’t use Twitter or Instagram? Want to make a larger impact? There are 2 other options:
- Host a party! – You can host a party to benefit the Cook for the Cure cause any time of the year. Whether it’s an office potluck, a family cookout or weekend brunch, encourage your guests to donate to Susan G. Komen®. For more information please visit the host-a-party landing page.
- Purchase a specified Cook for the Cure KitchenAid product at hhgregg! (Pssst, all my gluten free recipes are made in my trusty KitchenAid stand mixer – it’s pretty much the best appliance I’ve ever owned).
Breast cancer has affected so many of us personally whether it is ourselves, family, or friends. Nearly 13 years ago my mom was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. She found out just days before my wedding and kept the news from me until after my honeymoon so she wouldn’t spoil the excitement/joy of getting married. I’ve always thought that was incredibly selfless of her.
She had a rough fight with surgeries and chemo while I was over a thousand miles away in the Air Force at the time and without any leave available to see her. I remember finally getting time to go home and see her about 2 weeks after her last chemo treatment. She was so very small looking and had only 3 eyelashes left but she was beautiful in her fight. My mom has always been a fighter and for the most part she’s tough as nails. I’m happy to say that today she is cancer free.
What better way to celebrate the fight then with some gluten free Champagne Cupcakes filled with strawberry and topped in dark chocolate buttercream? GF cupcakes are relatively easy to make and ever since I figured out how easy it is to make filled cupcakes I can’t resist making them that way too.
Know what’s hilarious? I accidentally made boob cupcakes! As it turns out, when you fill a cupcake with strawberry filling some of it sort of oozes back up a bit and well… you can see the result!
So there ya go. If you need cupcakes that look like breasts for some reason this is the recipe for you. If you need regular GF cupcakes then go ahead and put that luscious chocolate frosting on top.
Again, if you want $1 to be donated towards the fight against breast cancer, take a quick pic of a cupcake and post it on Twitter or Instagram! Make sure to include the hashtags #10000cupcakes & #donate along with tagging @KitchenAidUSA. It’s a super easy way for people to make a difference. And who wouldn’t want the excuse to make cupcakes?
The double B’s, Blogging & Baking, are now on the way back burner of my life. I do intend to keep the blog going and adding to it whenever I can. As long as it continues to support itself with income from ads covering my web hosting fees then it’ll remain for everyone to enjoy.
Every semester I’m learning how to better juggle and prioritize my time. I know there are amazing people out there who can work 40 hours a week, raise a family, and go to school full time – I can only look at them with awe right now but someday I hope I can do just as well. For now I’m working on the basics of school and family balance. As such I’ve cut the “extraneous” things so I can focus on the 2 most important. Which means when I bake I’m mostly baking tried & true recipes that are already on the blog. It means when I do create something new it might be two months before it’s blogged.
Kinda like these “new” gluten free rolls. They’re not really new to me – I created this recipe a bit over a year ago when I realized how magical coconut flour is in GF bread recipes. I know it’s expensive but thankfully a little bit goes a long way.
The texture of these rolls is going to blow you away. Coconut flour is the BOMB when it comes to bread (side note: a girl in my high school class got a tattoo of an exploding bomb with the words “da bomb” on her butt the day she turned 18, true story). I am soooo sorry that it’s not a cheap flour but I try to use as little as possible so at least a bag will last awhile. Same with the teff flour. Together they give the most amazing “real bread” texture that the extra cost is worth it if you ask me. And I’m pretty dang poor these days!
I played with this recipe quite a bit. I know Outback says that it’s a “honey wheat” bread but I didn’t get the flavor correct until I removed the honey. That being said, slathering them in honey butter was spot-on.
You could buy little mini loaf pans to make them just like the Outback loaves but since money is tight I opted to do them as dinner rolls and used my muffin tin instead.
I meant to make a simple chocolate sheet cake. I had it all ready – the recipe written, flours and bowls at the ready on the counter… But then I thought, “wouldn’t it be neat if the cake looked like a giant Oreo cookie?” If you all haven’t picked up on it yet I am incapable of doing anything simple.
Here’s my “simple chocolate sheet cake” haha:
Yep, my son hit the big 1-1 this past week!
First time I met a Cowboy Cookie I was 18 in a college dining hall. I wasn’t a huge fan of cookies at the time, nor chocolate, I didn’t like nuts, and for sure hated coconut. Yet somehow I ended up with a Cowboy Cookie on my plate, friends aghast when I announced I didn’t like cookies or coconut.
As an aside I’m not sure why this was so perplexing to everyone. Another girl who lived down the hall from me had never eaten a banana. And no amount of cajoling ever did convince her to try one.
I’ll admit, I’m easily swayed by peer pressure. And I fell in love with cookies, especially Cowboy Cookies. Sweet circles of most things I didn’t particularly enjoy and yet somehow entirely enjoyable. How odd and wonderful.
Soon after my freshman year, I joined the Air Force, life took off, and those old college memories were surreal. To be honest I completely forgot about Cowboy Cookies. I don’t know what made me think of them. Perhaps because this is the close of what’s akin to a second freshman year for me. All I know is that I thought of those cookies last week while studying for finals and took a little brain break to relax, create a new gluten free recipe, bake, and enjoy some cookies….