Monday, January 10, 2011

Honey Bee Cupcakes

Can you believe it's a whole New Year all ready? Seriously where does the time go? Now I don't believe in New Years Resolutions. But I do believe in setting goals and sticking to them. Our Big goal last year was to pay off all our medical debt. Proud to say we hit it. YEAH. Sadly in the past four years we have paid over 40,000 in medical debt. I think it's really sad that one person has medical insurance and still we have to pay over 40k out of pocket.

So we have set some new goals for this year.

1. Pay down the van. Pay at least half if not all.
2. Save for a newer truck for Hubby, and hope duct tape sticks until we can afford something newer.
3. Couple dollars in savings. This will be the first time to have a few dollars in savings.
4. Work on paying down the house.
5. We have a major life changing event coming. I hope to survive it. No I'm not pregnant. I will blog more later on this. I need to get through the next two months. And then I'm ready to spill.

So with goal number 5 in mind I have decided to simplify my life a bit, now I LOVE to bake, but honestly to have 65 different flours in the pantry can weigh one down. So I went down to buy some starch because I was out of every starch and I saw Bob's Red Mill All Purpose. I decided to buy it. It will be my all purpose mix until further notice. So tired of getting time to play in the kitchen and I'm out of this flour or this one or that one. And have to think how do I sub? OK that works, OH wait I'm out of that flour too. Have also decided this is probably not the year to play with new flours. I wanted to get into arrowroot (too pricey) quinoa and such. But odds are with goal 5 in mind it will not be happening this year.

Now I LOVE doing my cupcake of the month. It makes me think outside of the box. Really get creative and play in the kitchen. I checked out this book from the library and I LOVE it. I saw her Honey Bee Cupcakes and I just HAD to do them. They came out sooooo good. So yesterday I whipped up a batch and they were sitting on the counter, and I went and got kids washed and dried. I then ran out to the van to get my camera and I'm fussing with the camera, when I finally get back into the kitchen all my cupcakes were GONE! I didn't even get to take a photo. Darn Kids!

So well they were at school today I whipped up another batch and took a photo and then I HID them. No one is touching my cupcakes before I get to frost them! This is hands down one of the best cupcakes I have done. They rose so nicely. They baked really well.

Honey Bee Cupcakes
From Wild About Cupcakes
Adapted by Marcie Dingerson

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk

Mix and add

1 Cup Bobs Red Mill All Purpose Mix (you can use yours)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder.
1 teaspoon guar gum

Mix and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Now her recipe made 12, mine made 7. I did double the recipe, it doubled fine and I made 14.

Honey Frosting

1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups confectioners sugar
I did some natural yellow food coloring. I also added a drop of milk to make it flow together. You may or may not need milk.


Anonymous said...

What kind of milk are you using, rice? Almond?

Marcie said...


Chef Penny said...

Thanks Marcie, I need a go to cupcake recipe.

Marcie said...

This has got to be it. I can not tell you how many batches I have made since posting this recipe. I actually need to do a big batch and freeze them for school, the last batch didn't make it to the freezer. Boys love them.