Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are delicious! No secrets there! In the autumn and winter cinnamon rolls are great to have on hand in the freezer for whenever!  It is a nice treat to serve on a chilly morning with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These gluten free dairy free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are a twist on that tradition. The pumpkin in the dough really helps keep the rolls moist and fresh, which can sometimes be a problem with gluten free baking.

Ingredients 

For the Dough

  • 1/3 cup warmed coconut milk
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Icing

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Liberally grease 2 8 inch round pans. Set aside.
  2. Put yeast in warm coconut milk and sugar.  Set aside until foamy.  Stir in olive oil, vanilla extract and first amount of pumpkin puree.
  3. In bowl of your mixer, mix together brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, corn starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Gradually combine yeast mixture into dry ingredients until a very sticky elastic dough is formed, scraping down sides as necessary.
  4. Turn dough ball out onto a piece of lightly oiled plastic wrap that has been taped to your countertop. With well oiled hands pat dough out into a rectangle.
  5. Use the oiled plastic wrap to help roll the dough.
  6. Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Gently spread the first amount of softened vegan butter in an even layer on top of dough, and then sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar mixture.
  7. Using the plastic wrap to help, carefully roll the dough.  Slice the rolls and carefully place them into the 8 inch greased round pans, leaving about an inch between each roll.  Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for about 45 min.
  8. Use clean thread or dental floss (yes dental floss) to cut cinnamon rolls. Slide the floss under rolled dough, cross the floss over the dough and pull, making the cut.
  9. To make pumpkin icing, cream together the pumpkin puree and second measurement of vegan butter.  Slowly incorporate powdered sugar until icing becomes stiff and spreadable, using more or less depending on your preference.
  10. When rolls have risen, bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350ºF degree oven. Cool.
  11. Frost with icing.

Freezing Directions:

Place cooled rolls into gallon sized freezer bag(s).  Remove as much air as possible.  Label and freeze.

To serve: Thaw.  Heat through slightly, as desired.

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.

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Valentine’s Day Eve

Happy February 13th! Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! HOPEFULLY, you or your loved one aren’t scrambling out and about trying to scrounge up something last minute for tomorrow.

Like I am sure you know, chocolate and Valentine’s Day are two peas in a pod. Who doesn’t love chocolate and some flowers on Valentine’s Day? I know I love it! Brownies and chocolate cake are my favorite chocolatey treat (with chocolate chip cookies right up there). How does a Devil’s Food White-Out Cake sound to enjoy with your hunni tomorrow? (Or tonight if you’re celebrating early!)

Devil’s Food White-Out Cake

Ingredients 

For The Cake:

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, finely chopped, or 2/3 cup store-bought mini chocolate chips

For The Filling and Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup egg whites (about 4 large)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350º F. Butter two 8-x-2-inch round cake pans (9-inch is a good size), dust the insides with some gluten free flour, tap out the excess and line the bottoms with parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.
  2. Sift together the gluten free flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the vegan butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add the sugars and continue to beat for another 3 minutes. Add the eggs one by one, beating for 1 minute after each addition.
  4. Beat in the vanilla; don’t be concerned if the mixture looks curdled. Reduce the mixer speed to low and mix in the melted chocolate. When it is fully incorporated, add the dry ingredients alternately with the coconut milk, adding the dry ingredients in 3 additions and the milk in 2 (begin and end with the dry ingredients); scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and mix only until the ingredients disappear into the batter. At this point, the batter will be thick, like frosting. Still working on low speed, mix in the boiling water, which will thin the batter considerably. Switch to a rubber spatula, scrape down the bowl and stir in the chopped chocolate. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and smooth the tops with the rubber spatula.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating the pans at the midway point. When fully baked, the cakes will be springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted into the centers will come out clean. Don’t worry if the tops have a few small cracks. Transfer the cake pans to a rack and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up. (The cooled cake layers can be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to 2 months.)
  6. When you are ready to fill and frost the cake, inspect the layers. If the cakes have crowned, use a long serrated knife and a gentle sawing motion to even them.
  7. If you want more than two layers of cake, with the same knife, slice each layer horizontally in half. Then set 3 layers aside and crumble the fourth layer; set the crumbs aside. But if you only want a simple two layer cake, you don’t have to do this.
  8. To make the filling and the frosting start by putting the egg whites in a clean, dry mixer bowl or in another large bowl. Have a candy thermometer at hand.
  9. Put the sugar, cream of tartar and water in a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, cover the pan and boil for 3 minutes. Uncover and allow the syrup to boil until it reaches 242 degrees F on the candy thermometer. While the syrup is cooking, start beating the egg whites.
  10. When the syrup is at about 235ºF, begin beating the egg whites on medium speed with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer. If the whites form firm, shiny peaks before the syrup reaches temperature, reduce the mixer speed to low and keep mixing the whites until the syrup catches up. With the mixer at medium speed, and standing back slightly, carefully pour in the hot syrup, pouring it between the beater(s) and the side of the bowl. Splatters are inevitable — don’t try to scrape them into the whites, just carry on. Add the vanilla extract and keep beating the whites at medium speed until they reach room temperature, about 5 minutes. You should have a smooth, shiny, marshmallowy frosting. Although you could keep it in the fridge, it’s better to use the frosting right after it is made.

Cake Assembly Time!

  1. Put a bottom layer cut side up on a cardboard cake round or on a cake plate protected by strips of wax or parchment paper.
  2. Using a long metal icing spatula, cover the layer generously with frosting. Top with a second layer, cut side up, and frost it. Finish with the third layer, cut side down, and frost the sides and top of the cake. Don’t worry about smoothing the frosting — it should be swirly.
  3. Now, cover the entire cake with the chocolate cake crumbs, gently pressing the crumbs into the filling with your fingers.
  4. Refrigerate the cake for about 1 hour before serving.

WOOO! I know that was A LOT of stuff but YOUR CAKE WILL BE DELICIOUS! MMMM cake!

No matter what dessert you are serving for Valentine’s Day, create it with love because it will taste even sweeter 🙂

ENJOY!

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.

Football Cupcakes

These are perfect for your hungry Super Bowl crowd!

Football Cupcakes

These game day cakes are made up of a simple chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting and gingerbread cookie footballs on top! 

Simple Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together in a large bowl on medium-high speed until you get a thin batter.
  2. Line cupcake tin with 24 paper liners. Pour the batter into each liner, filling it 3/4 full.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cupcake comes out clean.
  4. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tablespoons coconut or almond milk
  1. Mix softened butter and cocoa powder together until it has becomes a thick brown paste.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to the butter mixture and beat until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  3. Add more milk if the frosting is too thick. The frosting should be creamy enough so that it can be piped out easily onto the cupcakes.
  4. Pipe about 3 tablespoons worth of frosting onto each cupcake. Set aside.

Gingerbread Football Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. In a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in molasses and egg yolk. Combine the gf flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; blend into the molasses mixture until smooth. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 1/4″ thickness. Cut into 1-2 inch football shapes. (All you need is 24 football shaped cookies, you can use the rest of the dough for whatever you’d like- or freeze the dough and reuse for a later date).Place the cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350, until firm. Remove from cookie sheets and cool on wire racks.
  4. Use your favorite royal icing recipe and pipe laces across your gingerbread football cookies.
  5. Color some shredded coconut with green food coloring for “grass”. Top each Football Themed Cupcake with some “grass” and a Gingerbread Football Cookie.
  6. Present them at half-time and TOUCHDOWN YOU!

ENJOY!

Chocolate Frosting Cups

No alcohol in these shots. Just pure chocolatey goodness. If you’ve heard of the popular bakery, Sprinkles, then you know that they sell something known as a frosting shot. Brilliant idea. It really doesn’t get much simpler. It is basically a thick chocolate mousse. The best part? It is gluten free and dairy free! I did not think of this recipe. I’m not that good I got this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie who has been a really great inspiration to me being gluten free and dairy free. Thank you so much. http://www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com

Chocolate Frosting Cups

Ingredients

 

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (use
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • sugar to taste (or you can leave out the sugar)
  1. Open the coconut milk, and leave the can (or transfer to a bowl) uncovered in the fridge overnight. (Don’t shake the can before opening.) It needs to be thick.
  2. Once thick, transfer to a bowl and whip in your cocoa, vanilla, and sugar with a fork.
  3. Stored uncovered in the fridge, and the little cups will get thicker kind of like frosting.