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Watch me audition TONIGHT on ABC’s The Taste!

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Please join me TONIGHT,Thursday, Jan 2nd at 8pm on ABC while I live out one of my wildest dreams and not only get to make my yummy vegan cupcakes on national TV but I get to feed them to four of the most respected chefs in the game! Getting the opportunity to audition for The Taste has really been a dream come true for me. I can’t even tell you how many times I had to pinch myself while I was out in LA with my family to film it! The entire day of my audition my stomach was a wreck, my heart was racing and my feet couldn’t touch the floor. The feeling of being on that stage while Ludo Lefebvre, Nigella Lawson, Marcus Samuelsson and Anthony Bourdain eat YOUR cupcakes, well it’s both terrifying and incredible! I wouldn’t have traded it for the world!

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I’ll be live tweeting and facebooking during the episode so please be sure to follow me on twitter and facebook and hashtag #TeamCassandra and #TheTaste to show your love! :)

I’ll be posting the recipe that inspired my audition cupcakes shortly after the show airs and a vlog about my post- audition thoughts the following day! So stay tuned! Sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss anything!

Here’s a little video I recorded Pre-Pre Audition, when I was just auditioning to get to audition for the mentors!! enjoy ;)

 

GLUTEN FREE COCONUT LIME CUPCAKES

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These Gluten Free Coconut Lime cupcakes (VEGAN) were the highlight of my summer creations last year and I couldn’t help but recreate them once the weather started warming up! I’m not sure why I didn’t post the recipe last year but here it is! Over due! Enjoy these Gluten Free and Vegan gems and stay sweet and skinny!

GF/V COCONUT LIME CUPCAKES

1 cup of coconut milk
1 tsp of apple cider vinegar
(Combine both and set aside while mixing the rest of the recipe)
1 1/4 cup GF flour
2 tbsp cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
Juice of 4 limes

Add all ingredients in your mixer and then add your vinegar curdled coconut milk in last. Fill your cupcake tin about 3/4 of the way as these do not rise as much as typical cupcakes. Bake for approx 10 mins, while continuously checking on them! Enjoy!

For the icing, I simply used the vegan buttercream recipe and mixed in some unsweetened coconut as well as used the coconut to garnish the top! ;)

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan, vegetarian and low fat recipes and diet advice. Let me know what healthy recipes you want to see on the site and ask any questions your may have. I’m here to help!

EASY LOW FAT CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES

In this edition of Brainless Baking, I show you just how easy it is to make delicious, low fat, low calorie carrot cake cupcakes! Plus as an added bonus we whip up a simple low fat cinnamon cream cheese frosting! Check it out!

 

 

 

 

 


Thanks for watching! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

Gluten Free Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

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If you’ve been keeping up with my youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny you’ll notice that I made these for my CBS baking show tape and they came out fabulous! I also got a gluten free request recently so I wanted to post a sample gluten free cupcake! It was really easy for this cupcake because I simply used garbanzo been flour which is gluten free and I was actually much happier with the results than when I just by plain “gluten free flour” at the health food store. I thought these we’re adorable because we’ve gotten quite the cold spell in NYC the past couple weeks and I’ve got hot chocolate on the brain! Slight disclaimer about the picture, marshmallows tend to not be vegan unless you actually by specifically vegan marshmallows! 

 

GLUTEN FREE VEGAN HOT COCOA CUPCAKES!

2 cups of Garbanzo Bean Gluten Free Flour

3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder  (or your favorite vegan hot choc!)

1/2 cup cane sugar

2 tsp of baking powder

2 tsp of baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon ( I also like to add 1/2 tsp of nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice to give it a little extra kick)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup agave

4 oz of unsweetened apple sauce

2 cups of chocolate soy milk (which you’ll add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar to)

1 tbs of vanilla extract and 1 tsp of almond extract (optional)

Pre heat your oven to 350 and stick your cupcake liners in your pans. I always bake using mini cupcake pans because I love the portions of the tiny cupcakes!  Next, add your apple cider vinegar to your chocolate soy milk in a separate  bowl/measuring cup and combine all your dry ingredients in your bowl or mixer. Now, add oil, agave, apple sauce and extracts to the dry ingredients. Pour you slightly curdled soy milk in to the bowl and proceed to mix for about 30 second in a stand mixer or a couple minutes by hand till the mixture is the consistency of regular cake batter but not a second longer! You don’t want to over mix if possible. At this point, I have a mini sized ice cream scooper that I use to evenly scoop the batter into the cupcake holders but a tablespoon will work as well.  Watch them while they’re baking – depending on their size will depend how long they need to stay in. Use a toothpick if your unsure if it’s done!

Now for the icing! While they’re cooling, check out my favorite butter cream recipe here — > http://gosweetandskinny.com/?p=348. As I said before, marshmallows are a great little touch if your not concerned about it being vegan or if you can get your hands on vegan marshmallows but if not, I like to just dust a little cocoa powder over the top of the icing. For the baking show video I even piped the icing to look like a dollop of whipped cream! Have fun with it!

 

 

 

 

 

<em>Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you! :)</em>

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TUESDAY TIP: CHOCOLATE SOMETHINGS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! I love that Go Sweet and Skinny is your go-to website for healthy living tips, vegan and vegetarian recipes (from everything from appetizers to cupcakes!) and diet advice. I”m committed to helping you get skinny and live the sweet life! Please follow @gosweetnskinny on twitter, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/gosweetandskinny) to keep yourself sweet and skinny 24/7. And as always, feel free to email me at gosweetandskinny@gmail.com and let me know what low fat, healthy recipes you want to see on the site, what diet books your trying and ask any diet questions your little heart desires! I’m here to help you!:)

The Best Vegan Buttercream I’ve Tasted

I found this yummy vegan buttercream icing recipe on CHOW.com and then did a little improvising for my last batch of mint cookies and cream cupcakes! It’s super easy and very easy to manipulate for whatever flavor you desire! For example, I broke up some Newman’s Own Hint ‘o Mint cookies and mixed it into the batter and then topped it off by chopping the cookies into quarters and sticking them on top.

THE RECIPE:

1/2 cup non hydrogenated shortening

1/2 cup non hydrogenated margarine

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/4 cup of vanilla soy creamer

Now, just beat the shortening and margarine together till well combined, add the sugar and beat for another three minutes or so. Then just add your vanilla and soy creamer, mix for another 5-7 minutes till fluffy and you’re all set!

I like to dollop this kind of icing, taking advantage of its fluffiness  instead of piping it through a bag. (But that’s just my preference!) Also, I add unsweetened cocoa

powder (judging pretty much by taste) to get a chocolate buttercream and then top with vegan mini chocolate chips for my double chocolate cupcakes below.

Oh So Heavenly Heart Cupcakes

These cupcakes are so adorable they truly make me feel like I’m back at a middle school Valentines Day dance..only that Martha Stewart is the caterer. Here’s a snazzy way to take a potentially bland cake like angel food and make it live up to it’s lofty name.

Oh So Heavenly Heart Cupcakes

1 box of your favorite angel food cake mix
1 tsp of almond extract
1 package or Tofutti vegan cream cheese or regular low fat cream cheese, depending on your preference

Icing..
1 cup of frozen fat free whipped topping
1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
2/3 cup of strawberry jam warmed

And 12 strawberries cut in half

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make the angel food cake mix according to package directions, adding your almond extract. Pour batter evenly amongst your two tray of 12 individually lined cupcake molds and bake for 20 mins or until done. Let them cool COMPLETELY.

Now, if you have a cupcake plunger you fill your cupcakes with strawberry jam by plunging into the center ofnthe cupcake, scooping the jam in and then replacing the removed cupcake top. Then, mix on low speed with an electric mixer, combine the Tofutti or cream cheese, your whipped topping and confectioners sugar. Pipe the mixture into a heart shape on top of every cupcake and then fill the center with strawberry jam. Voila!

And now you can really tell them to ‘eat their heart out’ :)

I YUMMMM YOU Cupcakes

These delicious cupcakes are a perfect treat for a special someone or for yourself if your in the mood for some chocolately

“I YUMMMM YOU” Cupcakes

1 CUP ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
1/4 CUP UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON BAKING SODA
6 TABLESPOONS OF UNSALTED BUTTER SOFTENED (You can substitute all or half of the butter with applesauce for a lower calorie treat or use Earth Balance/Soy Butter)

1/2 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
2 LARGE EGGS (You can substitute for 6tsps of flaxseed meal mixed with 2tsps of water)
1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
1/2 CUP OF MILK (YOU CAN USE SOY, RICE, ALMOND OR REGULAR MILK)
— OPTIONAL ADD INS (I USE BUT NOT NECESSARY)
4 HEAPING TBLSPNS OF RASPBERRY PRESERVES
CHOPPED UP MILK AND DARK CHOCOLATE BARS

THE ICING -
2 PARTS NUTELLA 1 PART MARSCAPONE
(EX  1/2 CONTAINER OR MARSCAPONE AND 1 WHOLE CONTAINER OF NUTELLA)
*I USE 2 CONTAINERS OF NUTELLA AND 1 FULL OF MARSCAPONE
OPTIONAL — WHITE CHOCOLATE SHAVINGS ON TOP