Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cake Pops

So at first I was against the whole cake pop craze and to be honest my mouth was not thrilled about the way they tasted.

Alot of times they ended up being soggy and kinda gross.

Fortunately for me, I found this fantastic blog, Divas Can Cook,  that explained how to make cake pops  flawlessly.

It was, however, a last minute decision that was brought on by the stress of finals week.

I needed to bake something to keep my mind off the fact that I was taking my last final exam ever, graduating at the end of the week, and coming to the realization that I need to find a job…

Baking anyone?

cake pops

 

Yes please!

So I made this recipe up out of a culmination of three recipes.

Now I do want to clarify that in my haste to bake something before I was whisked away to my final test, I could not find 100% vegan dark chocolate.

So for those who are strict vegans, make sure you get the type of dark chocolate you are most comfortable with eating because believe it or not, most dark chocolate contains small amounts of dairy products.

That being said, I will break done the recipe into 3 parts:

White Cake

Peppermint  Icing

Making the cake pops

 

**This recipe yields 20-26 cake pops**

 

White Cake

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups  flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan.

2. In a bowl combine sugar, vegetable oil, and applesauce.

3. Add in the mashed banana, then stir in the vanilla.

4. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.

5. Place dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

6.  Stir in the milk.

7. Pour batter into cake pan.

8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

9. Once the cake is done, give it about 10-15 minutes to cool.

 

While its cooling make up the icing.

 

Peppermint Icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp mint extract (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp almond milk

1. Combine powdered sugar, mint extract, and almond milk together in a bowl.

 

Now that you have both your icing and cake ready, here is the cake pop making process.

To see a video on how to make them, check out Divas Can Cook:

http://divascancook.com/2012/04/how-to-make-cake-pops-easy-best.html

 

Cake Pops

  • cake
  • icing
  • 2 king sized bars of dark chocolate (total of about 4oz)
  • 20-26 sticks (I used bamboo skewers I got from the dollar store and cut them in half.)
  • wax paper
  • plate

1. Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave, preferably in a cup.

2.Place cake into a bowl and crumble it into a fine consistency.

3.  Hand mix in the icing gradually until the cake is moist and can hold a ball shape, yet still slightly crumbly. (may not need all of the icing)

4. Using your hands, shape the mixture into something that resembles a ball and place onto a wax papered surface.

5. Once you have all the balls made, dip your sticks into the chocolate before sticking them half way into the cake balls.

6. Allow them to freeze for 20 minutes.

7. After allowing them to set in the freezer, submerge cake balls into the chocolate.

8. If you have Styrofoam to stand the cake pops in place them there, if not just set them down on wax paper.

9. Leave them out or put them back into the freezer to set up again.

 

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10. Keep them stored in an airtight container.

 

 

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Cheers!

-The Foodie

Vegan Cinnamon Oat Scones

Hey all!!

Its been some time since I popped on over here, and let me just say how  much I have missed it!

With my college graduation coming up in a week and the wedding slowly creeping up on me in about 3 months….

Well you could say I have been a bit preoccupied.

Luckily I have made time post today 🙂

Mainly because I made time to bake up something healthy which has been awhile.

Now this was the first time I have ever made scones and I needed to make enough for the  morning church goers.

I took this recipe that I found and made small circular scones as opposed to big wedges.

Here is the website where the recipe is from: http://www.cookiemadness.net/2007/11/cinnamon-oat-scones/

Vegan Cinnamon Oat Scones

  • 1 1/2 cups oats, old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 10 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or any other type of nondairy milk)
  • 1/2 banana mashed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar for sprinkling

*Yields 24 small round scones

*I used a muffin tin to bake in to keep their shape

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. In a bowl, mix  flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.

3. Next stir in your applesauce.

4. In another bowl, whisk up the mashed banana, almond milk, and vanilla. (If you want, scoop out 1 tsbp for later as a brushing)

5.  Slowly add the flour mixture and the oats to the wet ingredients until well blended.

6. Get a clean spot on your table and dust it with flour.

7. Dump your combined mixture out onto the table and spread it out across the flour with a spoon.

8. Using a cookie cutter or a measuring cup cut out little circles and then place them in a sprayed muffin tin.

9. Drizzle a bit the leftover wet ingredients and  then sprinkle brown sugar over top.

10. Pop it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

They should get a bit brown around and on top.

These were super delicious and my fiance almost ate half of them before we were able to bring them to the church!

vegan scones

Enjoy!

-The Foodie