Mojito Cake

Yes. Mojito Cake. The refreshing taste of a mojito in cake form?! Sign me up!

A little throwback Thursday story before we get into the recipe. 3 years ago before Nick became my boyfriend and 2 years before going gluten free and dairy free, I went to his graduation party. For dessert was a homemade mojito cake. When I first had a slice of this cake it was amazing. It’s light yellow cake with the crisp flavor of lime and hints of rum throughout make it absolutely delightful. The rum is not an overpowering taste at all and the lime really makes the cake come alive. It’s just delicious.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago. Nick and I for a while have been saying “we have to make the mojito cake, we have to make the mojito cake” for months but just never did and FINALLY (after he made it for his co-workers a few times) it my turn to have a gluten free version of this cake. Now we didn’t use the King Arthur Gluten Free flour for this recipe because I can’t find their GF yellow cake to save my life! (If anyone knows were to find it PLEASE let me know!) We opted for our trusty Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix and it was delicious. It’s a Betty Crocker recipe adapted to be gluten free and dairy free. Ok even chatter, let’s make some mojito cake batter!

Gluten Free Mojito Cake

Mojito Cake

Mojito Cake

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Ingredients

For Cake:

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup lemon-lime flavored carbonated water (my boyfriend actually found mojito flavored carbonated water and used that and it was great but lemon-lime will also work!)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup rum (your favorite) we used Bacardi which is gluten-free
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime peel
  • 3 eggs

For Glaze:

  • ½ cup dairy free butter (Earth Balance)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup rum

For Garnish:

  • Powdered sugar
  • 15 fresh mint leaves, if desired – recommended
  • Extra shot of rum, if desired – I recommend it!
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom only of 13×9 inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  2. In large bowl, beat cake ingredients (except the carbonated water) with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Slowing stir in the carbonated water, scraping the bowl occasionally until all the water is incorporated into the batter. Pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake as directed on box for 13×9-inch pan. Cool 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix glaze ingredients.
  5. Heat to boiling over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; continue to boil 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until glaze has thickened slightly.
  6. Poke warm cake every inch with a fork. Pour glaze slowly over cake. Cool completely, about 1 hour. **EXTRA STEP**  My boyfriend’s co-worker suggested that after pouring the glaze over the cake and the cake completely cools, add ANOTHER shot of rum. JUST ONE. If you want a little extra rum kick when you first bite into the cake, definitely add the extra shot – totally up to you!
  7. Garnish cake with powdered sugar, mint leaf and shredded lime peel. Store loosely covered.

The corner pieces are the best parts (they soak up all the yummy glaze). The whole cake honestly is scrumptious and you may be craving this cake after it’s finished for a while. I know I was!

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chips Cookies

On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (which is May 15th so mark your calendars!) I wanted to celebrate. Armed with my new found favorite King Arthur Gluten Free Cookie Mix, we (my boyfriend and I) set out to make cookies. Then I said, oooh we should make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie and Nick said “Sure, I think we can do that”. Nick is REALLY good at baking so he figured out the PERFECT amount of peanut butter to make these cookies just AMAZING! The perfect amount of peanut butter and the perfect amount of chocolate chips makes a very happy cookie! (and a very happy me!)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Box King Arthur Gluten Free Cookie mix
  • 1 Egg
  • 7 – 8 Tbls dairy free butter (Earth Balance is the best)
  • ½ C smooth peanut butter
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 2 Tsp vanilla (gluten free of course)
  • 1 Tbls water
  • 1 Cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life)
  1. Cream together butter and egg as best you can
  2. Add King Arthur Gluten Free Cookie Mix
  3. Cream together butter and egg mixture with the dry as best you can.
  4. Add in water, vanilla, peanut butter, and brown sugar.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Roll into 1-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. (REMEMBER – they are small, it will only take 10 minutes. Do not over bake!)
  8. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy off the rack or a la mode! (HELLO So Delicious Vanilla “ice cream”)
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches with Steve’s Ice Cream in Cold Brewed Coffee Cinnamon!

Fresh on the Rack!

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Warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies with a hint of peanut butter…oh yea! J These are one of my FAVORITE cookies now. If you have been searching for a great GF mix for cookies that is delicious, King Arthur’s Gluten Free mix is perfect for any mix in. Try adding your favorite mix-ins to this recipe. Sweetened shredded coconut? SURE! Nuts, go crazy!

Happy Baking!

King Arthur Goes Gluten Free!

I’m back! It’s been a LONG time since I have posted anything but I am back and ready to rumble! (and BAKE OF COURSE)

I have to talk about my new favorite line of gluten free products from King Arthur Flour! King Arthur Flour is a big name brand in the baking industry so when I came across their gluten free product line I had to try it.

King Arthur Flour's gluten free products

King Arthur Flour’s gluten free products

IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED THE KING ARTHUR GLUTEN FREE FLOUR LINE GO TRY IT NOW!
Seriously.

Don’t get me wrong. Betty Crocker has a good gluten free line but King Arthur’s line take the cake! (Literally…ahh see, see what I did there :) )

I have tried the cookie mix, brownie mix, chocolate cake mix and pancake mix and love them all. My boyfriend and I make the chocolate cake (paired with a DELICIOUS homemade peanut butter frosting) for his family reunion and until we told people, no one would have guess the cake was both gluten and dairy free. It is that good.

The mixes are very easy to use and the batter tastes good (which my boyfriend always tells me that is very important when it comes to baking).

I have yet to make something with the All-Purpose Gluten Free flour that they have so that is my next challenge.

So if you are looking for a new gluten free line of mixes to try because you are new to the gluten free game, are unhappy with what you are using now or just want to switch it up a little bit, I highly recommend the King Arthur Gluten Free line!

Go forth and bake up some tasty goodies! (see if you can fool your non-gluten free friends and family!)

Peanut Butter Fudge

In honor of National Fudge Day, here is ANOTHER delicious fudge recipe!

Peanut Butter Fudge

Adapted from Food Network.com (Alton Brown recipe)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces unsalted vegan butter, plus more for greasing pan
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  1. Combine the butter and peanut butter in a 4-quart microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes on high.
  3. Stir and microwave on high for 2 more minutes. (Use caution when removing this mixture from the microwave, it will be very hot.)
  4. Add the vanilla and powdered sugar to the peanut butter mixture and stir to combine with a wooden spoon.
  5. The mixture will become hard to stir and lose its sheen.
  6. Spread into a buttered 8 by 8-inch pan lined with parchment paper.
  7. Fold the excess parchment paper so it covers the surface of the fudge and refrigerate until cool, about 2 hours.
  8. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

ENJOY!!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut, a Freelance Social Media Producer at NBC theGrio.com and a Intern Kitchen Writer at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Happy National Fudge Day!

Holy snap! It’s National Fudge Day!! WOOOO! I was going to make some rice krispie treats today but maybe I’ll make fudge instead…or both. Probably both.

Let’s the fudge fly! (into your mouth that is!)

Thanks to Gluten Free on a Shoe String for this delicious recipe! Seriously!

Chocolate Fudge                   

Ingredients

  • 2 cans coconut milk (regular, not low fat)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with crisscrossed sheets of parchment paper that overhang the sides.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the coconut milk and sugar to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture is reduced by about half, and the milk is thick and has begun to turn light amber in color as the sugars begin to caramelize (about 10 minutes of constant stirring). While it is reducing, the milk will bubble quite a lot, but will not overflow as long as you keep stirring. Once it is done, remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Add the chocolate, vanilla and salt to the saucepan, and stir vigorously until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the peanut butter to the mixture, and stir until well-combined.
  4. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and shake until the fudge is spread evenly and bang the pan flat on the table a couple times to ensure that there are no trapped air bubbles.
  5. Place the pan in the refrigerator and chill until set, at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Once the fudge seems to be set, remove it from the pan using the overhanging sheets of parchment paper and slice it with a large wet knife into 16 pieces.
  6. Serve chilled.

ENJOY!!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut, a Freelance Social Media Producer at NBC theGrio.com and a Intern Kitchen Writer at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Happy National Donut Day!

June 1st! It’s National Donut Day! Unfortunately we gluten free guys and gals can’t just run to Dunkin or Krispy Kreme to grab a treat but we CAN serve them up ourselves! It’s donut time!

Buttermilk Donuts

Makes 16 donuts

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs , beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance)
  • 5 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup sugar , set aside in a bowl
  1. Beat the eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter in a large bowl with a whisk.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Fold slowly into the wet ingredients, mixing by hand with a wooden spoon. When the ingredients are mostly combined, use your hands to knead a few times to make sure the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes. Sprinkle extra flour mix on your countertop or a large cutting board. Roll out dough to between 1/3 and 1/2 inch thick. If dough is sticky, work in more flour.
  4. Heat 2-3 inches of canola oil in the bottom of a pot until very hot (375 degrees F).
  5. Cut dough with doughnut cutter OR use a glass, biscuit cutter or jar with approximately 3-inch diameter to cut disks out of the dough and use the cap of the oil bottle to cut out the center hole.
  6. Remaining dough scraps can be rolled into balls (“donut holes”) and fried.
  7. Carefully drop each doughnut in hot oil with fingers, being cautious not to splash oil. Cook until golden brown on both sides (just a few minutes). You will need to cook just a few at a time, but the cooking doesn’t take long at all so this goes quickly.
  8. Remove donuts from oil with a slotted spoon or spatula, and place on a plate lined with two layers of paper towel or brown paper to absorb oil. While still warm, roll each donut in the bowl of sugar to coat fully.
  9. Serve while warm.

ENJOY DONUT DAY!Eat and be merry! (But not too much :) )

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut, a Freelance Social Media Producer at NBC theGrio.com and a Intern Kitchen Writer at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

I’m back! Its been a little crazy but I’m back and I’ve got goodies!! I have been on the hunt for gluten free Rice Krispies since I found out that they even existed and my mom and little brother FINALLY found them! So to celebrate of course I HAD to make Rice Krispie treats. Not just any old ordinary Rice Krispie treats, PEANUT BUTTER Rice Krispie treats!

Thanks Snap, Crackle and Pop!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Marshmallows and Peanut Butter! Hello delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 package regular marshmallows or 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Gluten Free Rice Krispies cereal
  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in peanut butter until melted.
  4. Add in Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
  5. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. 
  6. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.

Rice Krispie treats always taste best if served the same day. I’m sure with these, you’ll have no leftovers!

I cannot wait to make other delicious rice krispie goodies!

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut, a Freelance Social Media Producer at NBC theGrio.com and a Intern Kitchen Writer at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars

Chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter :) Delicious combination perfect for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Candy Bars

Ingredients

For the Cookie Base:
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie mix
  • Butter, pure vanilla extract and egg called for on cookie mix box (I use Earth Balance Vegan Butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I add more chocolate chips to the cookie mix for some extra chocolate but you do not have to)
For the Filling:
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
For the Caramel Layer:
  • 1 bag caramels, unwrapped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
For the Topping:
  • 1 bag milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Make cookie dough as directed on box, using vegan butter, vanilla, egg, sugar and extra chocolate chips.
  2. In ungreased 13 x 9-inch pan, press dough evenly. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool about 30 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, beat all filling ingredients except powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy and smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until well blended (filling will be thick).
  4. Press filling over cookie base.
  5. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and 2 tablespoons water uncovered on High 2 to 4 minutes, stirring twice, until caramels are melted. Stir in peanuts.
  6. Spread evenly over filling. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until caramel layer is firm.
  7. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once, until melted.
  8. Spread evenly over caramel layer. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until chocolate is set.
  9. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.
  10. Store any leftovers covered at room temperature.
ENJOY!!

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. It is ALSO Founder’s Day for my sorority Alpha Delta Pi! 161 years of being the first and the finest sorority! How fun that on our founders day is also a perfect day to bake delicious chocolate chip goodies! I’ve already posted a few chocolate chip goodies in the past. So today, I decided to get creative with the classic chocolate chip cookie!

First up, Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes! (now there’s a mouthful!)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes 

Adapted from Java Cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cookie Dough Filling:
  • 3/4 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Cookie Dough Frosting:
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut or rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Garnish 

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate chip cookies (optional)
Let’s get baking!! First make your cookie dough filling.
  1. In a small bowl, sift together the gluten free flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, sugars, milk and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips until smooth.
  4. Refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Scoop out dough into 12 balls. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.
  6. While your cookie dough balls are in the freezer, make your cupcakes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a cupcake pan with 12 liners.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt.
  9. Add the water, oil, egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are combined.
  10. Fill each cupcake liner 1/2-2/3 full.
  11. Take your cookie dough balls out of the freezer and gently press a one ball into the center of each cupcake, only submerging the ball 1/2 way.
  12. Bake the cupcakes for 19-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake portion of the cupcake (not tested through the center where the dough is), comes out fairly dry. Chunks/pieces of cake are okay, just not moist batter.
  13. Cool the cupcakes completely before frosting.
  14. To make your frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.
  15. Add the flour, milk and vanilla and beat on high until well combined.

Assembly Time!!

  1. Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top!

ENJOY this cupcake take with a classic cookie!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Toffee Cookies

Sweet delicious toffee cookies!! Need I say more?! I thought not!

Toffee Cookies 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon rice milk
  • ¾ cup white rice flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoon potato starch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup Heath Bits
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, spray with vegetable cooking spray and set aside
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar till smooth.
  4. Add egg and beat until fluffy. Add vanilla and milk and beat well.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients, except Heath bits.
  6. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir until combined.
  7. Stir in Heath bits.
  8. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto your prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, until lightly browned.
  10. Cool completely on a wire rack.

ENJOY!!