Understatement: Holidays can be hectic. There’s planning and cleaning and cooking and baking and no matter how much you plan ahead, there’s just never enough time in the day.
That’s why we love tips and recipes that take the stress out of entertaining. And when we stumbled across this easy bunny cake tutorial, we knew we had to test it out. You can use any kind of cake you’d like to create this adorable dessert, but for our experiment we used store-bought mix (which we found to be surprisingly good)!
I’ll admit, I’m not the greatest ever baker – but I can make things look cute. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I created these lovable snowmen cupcakes (which were actually delicious). Being a slightly handicapped baker, I teamed up with Ina Garten, whose Barefoot Contessa mixes are fabulous. Seriously – you can’t go wrong with them. I used the mix for coconut cupcakes, since I used shavings to emulate snow, but you can whip up any sort of batter you’d like.
For the snowmen, you’ll need:
Orange Slice Candies
Chocolate Candies (optional)
Toothpick (or a wooden kabob stick – I was desperate)
A Witness to Observe Your Greatness (hence boyfriend’s cat)
Hey, the holidays can be hectic. No matter how great you are at planning meals, organizing, and cooking, Thanksgiving may not always run smoothly. There are variables: unexpected guests, things taking longer to make than stated in the cookbook, and the lack of key ingredients you forgot to buy. (We’ve all been there.) That’s why we’re head over heels for these mini cheesecakes that are inspired by this recipe. It’s super easy, unbelievably delicious, and makes 24 adorable desserts in a grand total of 40 minutes.
Sure, veganism has become very popular recently, but it doesn’t at all resemble those fad diets that are adiosed after a week. Veganism has actually been around since (are you sitting down?) 500 BCE, traced back to a Greek philosopher, Pythagoras. Back in the day, Pythagoras was kind of a lone wolf, but today, vegans account for .5% of the American population. Okay, that may seem like a staggeringly small number, but it actually equates to well over a million people. So it’s come a long way.
No matter how old it is, it doesn’t make the diet any easier to follow. There are animal products in SO many things – especially desserts. But that doesn’t mean that a vegan diet can’t include them (desserts, that is). A cheesecake that doesn’t actually use cheese? Yep, we did it. In celebration of the recent holiday, we’ve created a recipe that allows America’s favorite dessert to be enjoyed, even by vegans.
Here’s what you need:
2 eight-ounce containers of vegan cream cheese
2/3 cup of sugar
4 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
¼ cup of water
1 tablespoons of extra firm tofu (drained)
6 graham crackers
4 tablespoons of vegan margarine or butter
Simple enough, right?