Takin’ It Easy

I’m on vacation in New York, which means I am taking it a little easy with the postings (sorry) but of course I am still baking up a storm! Sadly, I did not bring my entire cupboard of gluten-free flours across the country with me, so we improvised a little when we wanted to make gluten-free cupcakes…and (gasp!) we used a gluten-free vegan cake mix! Because I am who I am, I had to drastically adapt it, but it started with a cake mix and therefore I can’t share the recipe with you. But, I can tell you what flavors were included in these cupcakes, which were scrum-diddly-umptious.

The cake mix was for a golden vanilla gluten-free cake. My friend Becca and I added about 2 cups of coconut milk instead of the 3/4 cup of water it called for, we used coconut oil instead of canola, and we added a handful of dried shredded unsweetened coconut to the batter. We had very coconutty-vanilla cupcakes, to say the least! After baking and cooling, we piped on an airy vanilla buttercream frosting, and sprinkled chopped thai basil and coconut chips over the top. The cupcakes were so fluffy and moist and the thai basil really complimented all the coconut! I have learned two lessons: 1. Baking from a boxed mix works. Very well. 2. Thai basil is my favorite cupcake addition. I might just be adding it to more cupcakes in the future!

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4 Responses to “Takin’ It Easy”


  1. 1 talia June 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    gorgeous! come home!

  2. 2 Julie June 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Oh my oh my! I’m not used to having to just taste your creations through the computer screen… Beautiful!

  3. 3 lick by lick book December 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Browsing digg.com I noticed your web site book-marked as:
    Takin’ It Easy « Cookies and Candids. Now I am assuming you book marked it yourself
    and wanted to ask if social book-marking gets you a large amount of site visitors?
    I’ve been thinking about doing some book-marking for a few of my websites but wasn’t sure if it would generate any positive results.
    Appreciate it.


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