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Pumpkin Roulade Cake (oil-free + dairy-free)

October 31, 2015 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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Hello, gorgeous. Goodness, look at those curves on you! You’re really on a roll with beauty like that.

I’m sorry. My humor has been flushed down a dark toilet and has been clogged there for weeks. I haven’t even been writing for two minutes and I’ve already offended you with cake flirtations and bathroom references. I think this is what they call senior slump.

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I am so glad October is over: it was a stressful month with taking the SAT, juggling classes with lots of reading, and submitting my early decision application to college (!!!). And when I get anxious or nervous, I resort to stress baking, so tasty treats have been spewing out of my kitchen lately.

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Even though it was crazy, October still yielded lots of fun adventures and surprises. I made a flower crown and wore a toga to school. I went apple picking with one of my best friends ever (we collectively got 38 pounds of apples). I visited my top-choice school on a beautiful autumn day and felt perfectly at home there. I finally did full lotus. I dressed up as a tomato for Halloween.

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…say what?! TOMATO?! Proof is in the pudding (or is it the sauce…tomato pudding would be disgusting…).

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Now you know why hot boys are knocking at my doorstep!!! 😉

So, yeah. Crazy months yield crazy baked goods.

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This one was a huge hit with my taste-testing squad. Everyone said it was light, perfectly-spiced, and wonderfully spongy…and no one noticed that there was a) no oil in the cake, and b) tofu in the filling.

Once again, say WHAT?! I said tofu. T-O-F-U. In a dessert. And everyone agreed that it was delicious.

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While this roulade cake sounds fancy (and hard to assemble), it’s really quite easy! If you can dump things into a bowl and have a kitchen towel you’d be okay with getting messy, you should be good to go.

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Pumpkin Roulade Cake

Want a healthy (yet beautiful) dessert that doesn’t have added oils and still tastes delicious? Look no further than this pumpkin roulade cake! Shh…don’t tell anyone…there’s tofu in the filling…

Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients

Prep Time 3 hr
Cooking Time 15 min
Total Time 3 hr
Yield 1 cake (about 12 servings)

FOR THE CAKE:

3 eggs, at room temperature

1/3 cup of unrefined cane sugar

1/3 brown sugar

1 cup of pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

Pinch each of nutmeg, clove, and allspice

1/2 teaspoon of salt

FOR THE FILLING:

12 ounces of silken tofu

1/2-3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder or cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Directions

FOR THE CAKE:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan with wax paper and nonstick cooking spray then set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Fold in the sugars, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract with a spatula until well-incorporated, then gradually fold in the flour mixture (1/2 cup at a time) until everything is combined.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake springs back when touched, about 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, dust a tea towel with confectioner’s sugar and set aside.

Once the cake is fully cooked, let it cool in the pan for five minutes, then invert onto the prepared tea towel. Peel off the wax paper and roll up the cake like a log, rolling from the short side to the long side. Put the cake wrapped in the tea towel on a cooling rack and set aside.

FOR THE FILLING:

In a high-speed blender, process together all of the ingredients for the filling. Taste and add more confectioner’s sugar, if necessary.

Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium until bubbling. Next, reduce the heat to low and cook until thickened, about 5-10 minutes, whisking frequently to prevent clumps from forming. Once very thick, transfer the mixture to a bowl and put in the fridge to cool completely.

TO ASSEMBLE:

When both the cake and frosting are cool, unroll the cake onto a cutting board. Using an inverted spatula, spread the filling all over the cake, leaving about an inch around the border to make sure the filling doesn’t come gushing out.

Applying gentle pressure, roll up the cake with the filling inside the same way as you did before. Give it a squeeze to seal the seam and place the cake, seam side down, on a plate or the same cutting board you just used. Put it in the fridge for at least three hours and preferably overnight.

Let sit out for 5-10 minutes to come to room temperature before eating. Dust with confectioner’s sugar or unrefined cane sugar before serving, if desired.


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What did YOU do this October?! Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know! 🙂


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Pumpkin Roulade Cake

October 31, 2015 Print this page

Want a healthy (yet beautiful) dessert that doesn’t have added oils and still tastes delicious? Look no further than this pumpkin roulade cake! Shh…don’t tell anyone…there’s tofu in the filling…

Adapted from this recipe.

Ingredients

Prep Time 3 hr
Cooking Time 15 min
Total Time 3 hr
Yield 1 cake (about 12 servings)

FOR THE CAKE:

3 eggs, at room temperature

1/3 cup of unrefined cane sugar

1/3 brown sugar

1 cup of pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3/4 cup of whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ground ginger

Pinch each of nutmeg, clove, and allspice

1/2 teaspoon of salt

FOR THE FILLING:

12 ounces of silken tofu

1/2-3/4 cup of confectioner’s sugar

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder or cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Directions

FOR THE CAKE:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 10 x 15 inch jelly roll pan with wax paper and nonstick cooking spray then set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, spices, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Fold in the sugars, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract with a spatula until well-incorporated, then gradually fold in the flour mixture (1/2 cup at a time) until everything is combined.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake until the cake springs back when touched, about 10-12 minutes. Meanwhile, dust a tea towel with confectioner’s sugar and set aside.

Once the cake is fully cooked, let it cool in the pan for five minutes, then invert onto the prepared tea towel. Peel off the wax paper and roll up the cake like a log, rolling from the short side to the long side. Put the cake wrapped in the tea towel on a cooling rack and set aside.

FOR THE FILLING:

In a high-speed blender, process together all of the ingredients for the filling. Taste and add more confectioner’s sugar, if necessary.

Transfer to a small saucepan and heat over medium until bubbling. Next, reduce the heat to low and cook until thickened, about 5-10 minutes, whisking frequently to prevent clumps from forming. Once very thick, transfer the mixture to a bowl and put in the fridge to cool completely.

TO ASSEMBLE:

When both the cake and frosting are cool, unroll the cake onto a cutting board. Using an inverted spatula, spread the filling all over the cake, leaving about an inch around the border to make sure the filling doesn’t come gushing out.

Applying gentle pressure, roll up the cake with the filling inside the same way as you did before. Give it a squeeze to seal the seam and place the cake, seam side down, on a plate or the same cutting board you just used. Put it in the fridge for at least three hours and preferably overnight.

Let sit out for 5-10 minutes to come to room temperature before eating. Dust with confectioner’s sugar or unrefined cane sugar before serving, if desired.


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Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins (gluten-free + paleo)

October 14, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

Oh my gosh. So it’s been a month since I posted last?! Yikes. I guess what they say is right about junior year of high school. If only blogging was a homework assignment…

I feel like so much has been happening in my life and some of it I can catch and some of it just flies away without a second glimpse. I think I like it, though–being busy feels good.

What are some of these events? Well, for one, I got my driver’s license a little more than two weeks ago…

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…and driving yourself to school, the gym, and yoga in your Mini Cooper is really, really awesome.

I also attended a 15 hour yoga and body image intensive at my yoga studio last weekend…

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…which was an amazing, empowering experience with such kind, beautiful people that I am so happy I was a part of (that’s a whole other post).

I’ve already written a crapload of essays and lab reports for my AP classes…

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…and procrastinated on all of them by Googling Grumpy Cat memes.

I had a dinner party with two of my best friends, Kara and Rebecca…

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…where we proceeded to devour the equivalent of three Delicata squashes twice-baked in the oven with Lebanese spices.

I made my own sprinkles from scratch…

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…which melted before I could get a good photograph of them decorating banana chocolate cupcakes. So I’ll just have to make them again for you all. 😉

I did lots of other things, too (like walked in the rain with a giant purple cauliflower on my back and visited my first college), but enough about me and more about these insanely delicious muffins.

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Not only are these incredibly beautiful, but they’re also super tasty–a wonderful combination of moist, lightly-spiced pumpkin and rich, decadent dark chocolate. I love the contrast of the orange and the dark brown; it’s so perfect for fall. 🙂

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Personally, I’m a cake girl–sure, frosting is all right (well, it’s more than all right when it’s chocolate frosting), but whenever I’m craving a dessert that isn’t ice cream, my thoughts immediately go to the cake, not what sits atop it. Am I the only one? I hope not.

In any case, to satisfy all of you frosting/icing people, I have created a light, creamy vanilla bean frosting that can be whipped up in a flash if you decide you don’t want a muffin and would prefer a cupcake. And yes, I put real vanilla beans in there. Those guys are the bomb. I do love vanilla.

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Whatever path you choose–be it one of muffin or one of cupcake–your tastebuds will thank you from embarking on this chocolate-pumpkin journey. This one just sits on the boundary of “breakfast” and “dessert,” so that basically gives you permission to enjoy one whenever the heck you’d like. And–bonus–you can tell your friends you baked something that wasn’t inspired by a PSL. (I swear, if I see one more pumpkin spice latte drink, dessert, or dish, I will never eat pumpkin again.)

Happy October, everybody! 😀

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Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 25 min
Total Time 40 min
Yield 10 muffins/cupcakes

FOR THE MUFFIN/CAKE:

5 eggs

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup of coconut sugar (or organic unrefined cane sugar)

1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/2 cup of tapioca flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of allspice

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of cloves

3 ounces of dark chocolate chips, melted

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

VANILLA BEAN FROSTING (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 10 parchment muffin liners; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs until pale yellow and fluffy. Then, to the eggs, add the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut milk, and lemon juice; whisk vigorously until well-combined and no clumps of pumpkin remain.

In a small bowl, sift together the coconut flour, tapioca flour, salt, baking powder, and spices. Stir together with a fork or spoon, then pour into the large bowl with the wet ingredients. Using a spatula, fold everything together until just combined.

Transfer about 3/4 cup of the prepared batter to a separate small bowl. Add the melted dark chocolate chips and cocoa powder to it, and mix with a clean spatula to combine. You’re now ready to assemble!

Using an ice cream scoop or two large spoons, place a large spoonful (about a couple tablespoons worth) of the pumpkin only batter in the bottom of each muffin liner. Next, using a clean scoop or set of spoons, carefully place a small dollop (about a tablespoon) of the chocolate and pumpkin batter on top of each previous layer of pumpkin batter. Top each with another small scoop of the pumpkin only batter. If you have any leftovers of either when you’re done, no worries–just make them into their own exclusively pumpkin/exclusively chocolate muffins!

With a small knife or wooden skewer, gently swirl the pumpkin and chocolate layers together. You can’t really mess this up, so just go for it, making sure you concentrate on swirling the bottom around.

Place in the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick just comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the muffin tin for half an hour, then transfer to a cooling rack to come to room temperature. Top with vanilla bean frosting, if desired.


What is your favorite ingredient to pair with pumpkin? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!


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Marbled Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins

October 14, 2014 Print this page

Not only are these incredibly beautiful, but they’re also super tasty–a wonderful combination of moist, lightly-spiced pumpkin and rich, decadent dark chocolate. I love the contrast of the orange and the dark brown; it’s so perfect for fall. 🙂 Adapted from here.

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 25 min
Total Time 40 min
Yield 10 muffins/cupcakes

FOR THE MUFFIN/CAKE:

5 eggs

1/2 cup of pumpkin puree

1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted

1/2 cup of coconut sugar (or organic unrefined cane sugar)

1/4 cup of full-fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup of coconut flour

1/2 cup of tapioca flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of baking powder

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of allspice

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of cloves

3 ounces of dark chocolate chips, melted

3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

VANILLA BEAN FROSTING (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 10 parchment muffin liners; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs until pale yellow and fluffy. Then, to the eggs, add the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, coconut sugar, coconut milk, and lemon juice; whisk vigorously until well-combined and no clumps of pumpkin remain.

In a small bowl, sift together the coconut flour, tapioca flour, salt, baking powder, and spices. Stir together with a fork or spoon, then pour into the large bowl with the wet ingredients. Using a spatula, fold everything together until just combined.

Transfer about 3/4 cup of the prepared batter to a separate small bowl. Add the melted dark chocolate chips and cocoa powder to it, and mix with a clean spatula to combine. You’re now ready to assemble!

Using an ice cream scoop or two large spoons, place a large spoonful (about a couple tablespoons worth) of the pumpkin only batter in the bottom of each muffin liner. Next, using a clean scoop or set of spoons, carefully place a small dollop (about a tablespoon) of the chocolate and pumpkin batter on top of each previous layer of pumpkin batter. Top each with another small scoop of the pumpkin only batter. If you have any leftovers of either when you’re done, no worries–just make them into their own exclusively pumpkin/exclusively chocolate muffins!

With a small knife or wooden skewer, gently swirl the pumpkin and chocolate layers together. You can’t really mess this up, so just go for it, making sure you concentrate on swirling the bottom around.

Place in the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick just comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the muffin tin for half an hour, then transfer to a cooling rack to come to room temperature. Top with vanilla bean frosting, if desired.


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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

September 14, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page

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Chocolate, ginger, molasses, and pumpkin are all amazing. But when you put them together, you have a cookie that’s beyond amazing. Who knew all of these flavor profiles played so well together?

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As suggested by the title, these cookies are incredibly soft and chewy. Upon exiting the oven, they have a subtle crunch, but this fades over time into a wonderfully squishy oblivion. Once in a while, you’ll get a bite of sweet, slight-spicy crystallized ginger to zing your palate and keep things interesting, while melted chocolate chips keep everything creamy and sinfully rich.

Am I making you hungry yet?

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My apologies for not posting anything recently–school started three weeks ago, and my schedule is incredibly rigorous. Writing blog posts have given way to writing critical analyses of Hawthorne, and developing recipes have gradually become developing procedures for separating sodium carbonate from sodium bicarbonate in an aqueous solution. I must be putting you to sleep by now, so I’ll stop. You get the idea. 😉

Still, I try to find a way to try a new dish or dessert every weekend…although unfortunately, some of my recent experiments have been failures. 🙁 I really don’t like when that happens–it means I spent often two or three hours working on something I can’t do anything with, and I wasted ingredients, too. But failure is a part of life, and sometimes, you just have to accept it and move on.

Back to cookies!

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To make things easier for you all (and save me a little time so I can head off to zumba class), I have decided to try a new format and put my recipes in a card format both in my recipe index but in the actual post. I can get little VERY ramble-y and I think it would be more convenient to see the recipe in a more condensed format. Please let me know what you think in the comments below!

These cookies are a piece of cake to make. (Even though they are cookies…haha.) Basically, you combine all of the wet ingredients in a bowl…

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…sift in the dry ingredients…

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…add in some chocolate and ginger, scoop onto a baking sheet…

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…then bake, cool, and devour! (You don’t even have to wait for them to cool…)

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Ingredients

Prep Time 15 min
Cooking Time 20 min
Total Time 35 min
Yield 2 dozen cookies

2 cups of creamy almond butter

1/3 cup of blackstrap molasses

1 cup of pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

1/3 cup of coconut flour

1 tablespoon of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

A pinch of allspice

A pinch of cloves

1 teaspoon of baking soda

A generous pinch of salt

1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup of crystallized ginger (optional)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a plain old bowl), mix together the almond butter, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin puree, coconut oil, and vanilla extract until well-combined.

Sift in the coconut flour,  ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir a few times, then fold in the dark chocolate chips and the crystallized ginger.

Using a spoon or an ice cream scoop, take out a heaping tablespoon of dough and use another spoon to push it onto the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Bake until just firm to the touch and hardening on the outside, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on the baking sheets before transferring to your plate or an airtight container for storage.

Note: These only stay crispy on the outside for about 12 hours before they significantly soften. For the best results, serve these cookies the day of–but they’ll still be delicious after they become even softer and chewier. 


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So what is your favorite fall cookie? Leave me a comment here (or on Facebook) and let me know! 🙂


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