basic vanilla cupcakes


we're over halfway through term!!! yay!!! last week was house week at school so i made these :) my house colour is yellow. duh.

this week has kind of been a non-event. i had tests and assignments due,  taught 100 people actions and harmonies to the song absolutely everybody,had a job interview,  complained about how it was hot (a lot, i'm a winter person. i thrive at about 12 degrees c), pretended my french homework didn't exist, bought red flowers and sat next to a real stanky guy on the bus. that was about it really. 

so, to celebrate  Friday, only my favorite day of the week, let's have cupcakes!!! sorry, they aren't vegan (i'm working on it!) but you can expect a cupcake recipe soon that is :) :) :) exciting times. they are dairy free though (as always), and i may have doubled up the frosting recipe when i was making these, so i now have a tub full of yellow vegan butter cream in my fridge. midnight snack anyone?  

i didn't actually get to sample a whole one to myself, as they were sold at a fundraiser, but everyone who had one told me they were delicious, so thanks guys!! but a massive super duper hint: wait until they're completely cool to frost!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  otherwise your rosettes will turn into blob-ettes and all that hard work will be for not.  


but let's talk about intention. you know, that thing teachers sometimes talk about in the first five seconds of class. or that thing you had buckets of in january, but lost down the side of the couch sometime in april. it's been on my mind a bit this week. very rarely do i sit down and decide on my intentions. i'm an avid list writer, yet it's always "to-do" rather than "a wondrous list of my virtuous intentions". we all have good intentions, and sometimes they lead us astray. but intention is a funny thing. it's a lot easier to talk about than to do. for example, i'm forever trying to go to bed earlier, but that previously mentioned to-do list always seems to override the good intention. oh, and another thing: my to-do, always seems to be for others, but my intentions, seem to be for me. to-do is always followed by the word "need". i need to do this for my friend, i need to do well at school for my parents. intentions on the other hand, often are "want". and we all know that "want" is one of those all-about-me words. i want to go to bed earlier. i want to be more organised. i want to be a nicer person. to-do's are immediate, but intentions are often for the long haul. 

i think the world would be a happier place, and maybe even a safer place, if we let our intentions win. seeing through your intentions, is a self-satisfying concept that we often overlook. there's a need for intention,and a good one too.  otherwise people wouldn't become world class doctors, astronauts or teachers. musicians wouldn't make cutting edge albums and apple would settle for the iphone 6-you'll-do-me-just-fine rather than the 6-plus (or the apple car??!!! that's a thing now??!!!).so here is a list of my wondrous not-all-virtuous-and-possibly-not-gonna-happen-but-i'll-damn-well-try intentions: 

  • go to bed (and be asleep) by 11 every night. like seriously. woah. 
  • buy more flowers. 
  • practice piano, it makes you happy, why'd you stop? 
  • create more adventurous recipes!! and then force feed them to your friends to see if they're any good!!
  • only do things that make you happy, not someone else
  • buy better socks. life's too short for thin, cold socks. show your toes some love!! 
  • we all know your skin care  routine is non-existant. find one. 
  • don't succumb to the need to dye your hair. it's not the fifty shades of blond you think it is, more like forty nine shades of broke and one sad shade of darker regrowth.
  • stay organised. you're doing well, let's not let ourselves down now. 

over to you: what are your intentions? let me know in the comments below if you like ,  i'd love to hear them. sooo round up the working week with a cupcake and i'll see you on monday :)  

this recipe is loosely based off donna hay's vanilla cupcake recipe, but i've modified it to meet my needs. as always you can use whatever gf flour blend you like and add 1 tsp baking powder as well. 

basic vanilla cupcakes

{makes 18 cupcakes | gluten and dairy free)


150g vegan butter

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups gf self-raising flour

1 cup castor sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

let's bake!

preheat an oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a cupcake tin wiht patty pans.

combine all the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer. beat on high speed for 10 minutes until pale and creamy. 

spoon tablespoonfuls of the mixture into patty pans and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 

leave to cool completely before frosting.


vegan buttercream frosting

{makes enough for one large cake}


500g vegan butter

1kg icing sugar 

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

optional: food colouring

let's go!

cream the butter using a paddle attachment for 5-10 minutes or until pale and creamy.

add the icing sugar in three batches, starting on slow speed and mixing well between each addition. 

combine the vanilla and almond milk. this is the time to add any food colouring. add to icing and mix for another 5 minutes. store in fridge for 15 minutes before spreading or until needed.

- jess xx

p.s. thanks to almond breeze for helping make this post!!