Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mini Eggs Carrot Orange Piñata Cake

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market and I have been compensated. All opinions are 100% my own. 

A bunny themed Carrot cake with hints of Orange; this one has a SWEET surprise within. Make this once and you will want it everyday!


February is coming to an end already? I just got used to writing 2018 instead of 2017 everywhere and we are already at the end of TWO months! Time is flying for sure in our world. However, it is a different case in the bunny world! 

Bunny world you ask? Yes I am talking about the cutest bunny movie Peter Rabbit! I am a BIG fan of animation movies as they are the most colorful and fun things to watch. The last couple of times I watched movies at the theatre, I saw the trailer of Peter Rabbit. Since then I was super excited to watch the movie with my girlfriends. A movie themed on a rabbit has no better time to release than just before Easter. And Peter Rabbit is just that! 


Perfectly timed, super fun movie revolving around a rabbit dressed in human like clothes, and his troop that supports all his moves; I love every bit of the movie. The most interesting part I found of this one is how they show the rabbits dress and talk just like humans. I love the blue jacket clad Peter Rabbit. 

If not for anything else, you HAVE to watch it to see what all Peter Rabbit does to outsmart the neighbor. From traps in his bed and adding a couple of things to the electric fence to give him multiple shocks, you cannot miss any of these tricks! 


Wondering why I am talking about the movie here? It is because today's post is dedicated to the bunny and is perfect to make for any Easter party! It is a cake made with the ingredient we associate with bunnies the most; CARROTS.



When thinking of Easter and bunnies, what comes to your mind in a jiffy? To me it is burrows, hidden Easter eggs and treasure! Plus a Spring themed post that will help you plan your Peter Rabbit viewing parties or Easter lunch.

Coming to the recipe, this one is an Easter perfect cake that is super easy to make. A sponge with LOTS of carrots and Orange flavor, and icing that has only three ingredients and decorations that connect with rabbits, this is my favorite post in a long time. 

I was planning something based on movies for a while and decided to make something bunny themed. This cake is great for a number of parties; Peter Rabbit viewing, Easter, Bunny themed birthday or even a gender reveal party when you fill up the cake with candies of pink or blue color. Yes, the center of the cake has a truckload of Jordan Almonds; and they tumble out when you cut the cake! Super fun, isn't it?


I got all my supplies from the San Jose Cost Plus World Market store. They have everything Easter and specially themed for Peter Rabbit. Find your closest store here

Coming back to the recipe; this is the easiest carrot cake ever. I swapped the regular Vanilla Extract with Orange Extract and made this cake. The tinge of orange gives the cake a Spring feel and makes it super delicious too. I also added some extract in the icing. The icing was super tasty too. And the truckload of Easter candies I got home were used to decorate the cake and make it pretty. Not to forget my new favorite ingredient; Green Apple flavored Edible Grass! Yes the grass I picked from the store is delicious and amazing for all kinds of Easter recipes! If you cannot find that, use green sprinkles or coconut flakes colored green. 


I added a lot of shredded carrot to the cake. However, if you are not a fan, skip that. I made the icing of a light green color. If you like a bright one, add some more color. Adding a couple of drops of Vanilla Extract to the icing is a great idea too. 

Finally, the piñata and the decoration. I used Jordan Almonds to stuff the cake and used Peter Rabbit FigurinesConfetti Popcorn and Mini Eggs. They can be substituted with your favorite toppings. 

Wait no further, make this cake soon and surprise your kids. The hidden treasure is yummy and will definitely bring a smile on their faces! 


Here is something more! Cost Plus World Market is hosting a Peter Rabbit Sweepstakes. One lucky winner will win a trip for two (2) to London, England! Enter now for your chance to win this amazing Grand Prize!
Grand Prize includes airfare for two (2), hotel, chauffeured tour of the English Gardens and a $1,000 World Market Gift Card.
Three (3) First Prizes will be awarded as well. Winners will receive a $500 World Market Gift Card! Enter the Peter Rabbit Sweepstakes online at www.worldmarketsweepstakes.com between February 1, 2018 – March 30, 2018.



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Ingredients

For the cake

All purpose Flour 1 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
Sugar 1 cup
Carrot 1/2 cup, shredded
Buttermilk 1 cup (Can be substituted by 1 cup milk+1 tsp vinegar)
Oil 1/2 cup
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Orange Extract 1 tsp 
Salt a pinch



For the Icing and Decoration


Heavy Whipping Cream 1 1/2 cup

Confectioners' Sugar 4 tbsp
Orange Extract 1 tsp
Green Gel color a pinch

Jordan Almonds 1 cup
Mini EggsEdible GrassConfetti Popcorn and Peter Rabbit Figurines to decorate 

Method

To make the cake

Mix together milk and vinegar and let stand for 5-6 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180 C. Line two 6-inch round pans with non-stick spray or parchment paper.

In a bowl sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. 



In the base of the stand mixer or in a big bowl mix together buttermilk, Orange extract and oil. Whip till combined. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. 

Add the shredded carrot to the batter and gently fold it in. 

Transfer the batter to the prepared molds. Bake for 20-22 minutes, till a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. 

Remove and cool on a cooling rack till the cake is completely cool.



To make the icing


In the base of a stand mixer add cream and confectioners' sugar. Beat till it has hard peaks. Put in the color and create a marbled effect by just mixing for a second.


To complete the cake

Using a cookie cutter make a round hole in the center of the two cakes. Reserve a small piece of the cut out cake. 


Add some icing on the cake pan. Place one cake and add a layer of the whipped cream icing. 


Place the other cake on top and pour in the 
Jordan Almonds into the hole. Cover the hole with a small piece of the reserved cake. 



Using the marbled icing complete the cake sides and top. 


Decorate using 
Edible GrassMini Eggs  and the Peter Rabbit figurines. Enjoy your Peter Rabbit Party



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vegan Strawberry Vanilla Panna Cotta



Easy to make Vegan Panna Cotta; this Strawberry and Vanilla flavored dessert is the recipe you need for your parties and beyond!! 



We are quickly approaching Spring and I cannot wait to have my heart's content of fresh strawberries. These berries being my favorite, I love to make recipes that use them. Plus, at this time of the year the berries are super sweet and most recipes made using the may not even need a sweetener! 

This post is really special for me and the blog. This happens to be my FIVE HUNDREDTH post on the blog! I cannot believe I published 499 vegetarian recipes already and still have a long of pending posts! 



For the 500th post I wanted to make something delicious. I was planning a cake and an ice cream and then I was planning a round up of my favorite recipes from the blog. Finally I decided to post a dessert that was yummy and easy to make. 

This Panna Cotta is VEGAN, SUGAR FREE, GLUTEN FREE and CARRAGEENAN FREE. The starting point of this recipe is So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew. This is a super delicious alternate to regular milk and has only 50 calories or less per serving and is light tasting and smooth. Available in three flavors; Unsweetened, Original and Vanilla; these are made with 7 ingredients or less. 

I love this in my coffee and in making vegan desserts. I got the Vanilla flavored So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew on my last trip to Walmart and decided to make this yummy dessert using it. 



Vegan Panna Cotta?

Panna Cotta is on my favorites all the time. Traditionally made from heavy cream, this dessert is super rich and heavy. But you can now make a light version with this recipe. Each time I plan to have Panna Cotta at a restaurant I have to confirm if it has gelatin. The most common ingredient used to set the dessert, gelatin is not consumed by vegetarians. However, vegetarian substitute for gelatin is agar agar; a perfect setting agent to use in vegetarian desserts.

To make a light version, I skipped the regular sugar and substituted it with maple syrup. I got a BIG bottle from Canada some time back and it seemed like the ingredient I wanted to use to sweeten my dessert. This dessert is really good for parties or for date night. It can be made in advance and taste best when refrigerated for a few hours. Plus, made quickly with a few ingredients; this one can be whipped in hardly any time and is loved by most people. 

I topped the Panna Cotta with a delicious Strawberry Sauce. I made that using just three ingredients and it complements the Vanilla flavored Panna Cotta perfectly. The slight tart and sweet sauce looks pretty on the Panna Cotta and makes it even more yummy. 



Variations

I made my dessert with Vanilla flavored So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew. However, if you have the Original flavor, add your favorite extract to flavor it. Plus, you can use coconut milk or the like to make the Panna Cotta.

Agar agar can be easily found in most grocery stores. However, gelatin can be used to make the dessert if you consume it. 

Not a fan of strawberry? Top your Panna Cotta with your favorite fruit puree. If you like, add vegan chocolate chips or granola on top. You can even leave out the topping and serve the Panna Cotta as is. 



I made these in my favorite cutting chai glasses. Any mason jar or bowls work well for the recipe. You can also make them in ramekins and overturn it in a plate to serve. It looks pretty chic and perfect for date night! 

Now with all the information above, head straight to your closest Walmart and grab a bottle of So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew and make the recipe. Here is an Ibotta Rebate for your purchase: So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew 




Ingredients


For the Panna Cotta
So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew 2 cups (Vanilla flavor)
Agar Agar 2 tsp
Maple Syrup 2 tbsp
Cornstarch 1 tsp

For the Strawberry Sauce
Strawberries 8-10
Maple Syrup 2 tbsp
Water 1/4 cup


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Method

To make the Panna Cotta

In a bowl mix together cornstarch and 1/4 cup So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew

In a pan heat the remaining So Delicious Almondmilk with Cashew for 4-5 minutes on medium flame. Do not boil. Once heated, add the maple syrup and agar agar powder. Mix well. Add the cornstarch and milk mixture and mix vigorously. 

Let the milk heat for another 5-6 minutes till the agar agar mixes into the milk and the cornstarch is homogenous.

Transfer the mixture to 5-6 small bowls or shot glasses. Remember to sieve the mixture before pouring. This ensures the result is a smooth panna cotta; free from undissolved agar agar and cornstarch. 

Cool completely and refrigerate for 2-3 hours till the panna cotta sets. 


To make the Strawberry Sauce

While the panna cotta chills, make the sauce. To do so, wash and hull the strawberries. Cut into pieces.

In a pan heat together the strawberries, water and maple syrup. Cook on medium flame till the berries are mushy. Use a masher to mash the berries well. 

Once the sauce thickens, turn down the flame and let the sauce cool.


To serve

Spoon some sauce on all the panna cottas and top with some diced berries. Add some mint leaves if desired.