Its an election year, midterm for the President of course but nonetheless those smutty, dirty, nasty campaign commercials have been all over the TV Stations for months. And I’m going to take a minute to place my support in my candidate of choice:
All goofy analogies aside I will shamelessly plug the fact that my best friend Chrissy has entered a contest. The Grand prize is a role for 6 months as the “Good Mood Blogger” for Sam-e ‘s suppliments, a whole buttload of money, and a labtop. Well if you haven’t already decided to enter the contest for yourself here are the reasons you should vote for my dearest friend:
She’s a freelance writer, has a bachelors in creative writing, having focused in both Fiction and Poetry once upon a time in college…where we also happened to meet and become great friends.
Shes been blogging for years and years, she publishes witty, engaging, inspiring post, with awesome pictures almost everyday… which is alot more than I can say for myself.
She is always in a good mood, and not in a perky annoying way, just a laid back happy kinda gal. In short: she is perfect for the job. And if you don’t believe me check out her blog. The New Me
Or take my word for the fact that Chrissy loves to travel, raise her 2 lovely shelter-adopted dogs, is a vegan (but not in that weird preachy-vegetarian kinda way), does yoga, runs races (including a marathon just last year), is a big foodie, takes great photos that grace her well-written posts, organizes poetry readings, is an avid crafter and a lovely inspiring person, who I happily call a friend.
And if her attributes don’t sound saintly enough already, she also sends fabulous birthday gifts, one of which came to me a couple of years ago containing my all time favorite cake baking book Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, which soon inspired me to start a blog of my own.
VOTE HERE!!!! (Ohhh and just click the link and then click vote, no sign ups, no log ins, no surveys, no fees, just click and click!)
I’ll be back shortly with a give away associated with my friend Chrissy’s campaign to rock the blog. I’ve got lots of cool decorator’s stuff to send out: piping tools, fondant flower presses, and a nifty piping bag holder, and cake tattoos!! So stay tuned!
With the topic of campaigning inevitably comes mud slinging so heres a recipe inspired by the forementioned Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.“Dirty” Chai Latte CupCakes
A “dirty” chai if you’ve never had one is a chai latte with a shot of espresso, and its ohhh sooo good!
One of the ingredients this recipe calls for is cardamon–a spice which is pretty expensive. Should you not have it, can’t find it or can’t afford it You can add chai tea bags t0 the black tea.
1 cup Soy milk
4 -6 black and/ or chai tea bags
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup vanilla or plain soy or regular yogurt
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp instant espresso
1 1/3 c flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp ground pepper (optional)
Heat soy milk in a saucepan until almost boiling. Add tea bags and remove from heat. Let sit for approximately 10 minutes. Remove tea, squeezing out bags. Measure remaining soymilk, adding additional milk if boiled milk has reduced to less than 1 c.
Combine: yogurt, oil, sugar, vanilla, expresso, and soymilk. Sift in Dry ingredients: flour, soda, powder, salt and spices. Whisk until smooth (some small lumps are okay). Pour into baking cups. Bake a 350 and voila!
Finish these off with powdered sugar, buttercream, or even a dollop of whipped cream when you serve them. Chocolate Fudge Frosting would also be a great compliment too.
Variation: Don’t have instant espesso Powder? Try a 2-3 Tablespoons of Kahlua…or add a shot of Kahlua anyway and you can render these cupcakes “filthy” chai latte cupcakes.