Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pink n White Cuppycakes

As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, I'm totally inspired by Shannonmarie's "world of cupcakes" - I was drawn into all those deliciously rich looking miniature cakes and decided to make some of my own. I've never cared for the traditional cooked kind with its flavourless cardboardy cake, (although I did enjoy thick homemade frosting, by itself) yet always liked the idea of a beautifully decorated, personal sized cake.
So the answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind...errr...I mean, is in real-food-raw-cupcakes! These guys have it all - moist, flavourful cake topped with delicious sweet frosting, and any garnish you want - never mind dye filled sprinkles, shredded coconut is where it's at!

Last winter I made my very first raw chocolate cupcakes , after seeing them on The Daily Raw. I made mini ones in my silicone muffin cups (love em!), and had so much fun whipping up coloured frosting to decorate these goodies.

This time I chose to go for the big Kahunas - full sized cupcakes! I just love these little cakes dressed in two of my favourite colours - pink and white :D

To start, I pressed my vanilla cake recipe into regular paper muffin cups, in a muffin pan (so they would keep their shape and even have those "muffin lines" when the wrapper was removed). I then topped the cakes with coconut whipped cream, which I dyed light and dark pink using beet juice. The sprinkles are simply shredded coconut mixed with a weeee bit (a few drops) of beet juice also. So pretty! I love how food is art. On that note, today I watched a video of a Buddhist Monk making a sand mandala - it was the most beautiful piece of art work made out of coloured sand that he tapped onto a huge board to create pictures, using a pen-like device. When he was finished, he "dismantled" it (in other words destroyed it), as a symbol of non-attachment. I was thinking that it's a lot like that with desserts: make beautiful edible art, spend time and energy creating, and then eat it! At least with desserts I get to let go, while reaping the rewards of satisfying my sweet tooth and hunger. Mmmm.

I have lots of other ideas in mind, including Shannon's Rawtess cakes (actually, it's next on the list). In the meantime, I'm going to bore you with more pink n white cuppycakes :D

As you can see, I've become cupcake obsessed already!!! Eeeeks!!!

12 comments:

shelby said...

That is crazy how those cupcakes are completely raw! I will have to try them sometime =)

shannonmarie said...

I just love your pink cuppycakes. You're tempting me into making some more. Although I did say I was taking a break from them for a while, I don't think it will be for as long as I planned.

Jaynel said...

These look soo decadent ... great job with the pink icing! LOVE PINK...
I'm in the midst of creating some pumpkin cupcakes with vanilla whipped cream, so I'll have to save the pink icing for the next batch :) Thanks for the beautiful photos.

√Čva's in Budapest! said...

Oh my!!! These look so sinfully delicious.

What an interesting comparison with the food as art and the enjoyment that goes into making beautiful food, then eating it! What a great analogy...

Courtney Pool said...

And I'm obsessed with looking at your and Shannon's pics and recipes for cupcakes. Sooooooo BEAUTIFUL!

Raw Goddess said...

Shelby - I know eh? Hard to believe they're raw - we can fool everyone with raw food! Yippeee!

Shannon- Hahaha...yup, its easy to get the cupcake bug - made your rawtess cakes yesterday! yum yum, will post soon.

jaynel - you love pink just like me :D pumpkin cupcakes sound really delish! Do you have a recipe for them?

Eva - thanks...yeah I thought it totally fit nicely with the buddhist's teaching :)

Courtney - heeey girl! thanks - you gonna try makin some cupcakes too? Im sure there's a way to do sugarfree ones for The Tree...or maybe use Xylitol?

HiHoRosie said...

Do you know how much I love cupcakes?! Those look so cute and so yummy!

Raw Goddess said...

Really Rosie? hehe, I didn't know - you've gotta make some!!! :D

April said...

I love the pink and white cupcakes! Sooooo adorable!

Raw Goddess said...

April! You're back! Wanna hear all about the yoga training! :D

networktechnician said...

I was trying to find your non-sweet recipes. Please point me in the right direction

Thank you

networktechnician said...

please point me in the right direction. I was trying to find your non-sweet recipes. They are wonderful.

Thank you
Laura