Cupcakes for Christmas

Last Friday my husbands company had their annual party. For the last couple of years they’ve hosted it at the home of their sales and marketing rep, which makes for a very cozy and laid back get together. The party was catered with food trays from Whole Foods, so the food was all around fairly healthy and tasty! However, as I am the dairy free gal I volunteered to bring along some festive vegan cupcakes. Mr. Green Me is very fond of key lime pie, so in his honor I made vegan coconut lime cupcakes (inspired yet again by Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World!).

I basically followed the recipe in the book to a T, short of topping a few of the cupcakes with organic raspberries for a little extra holiday color. There were not any leftovers. Surpised?

Since November all of my baked goods have been made with some locally made flour that I bought back in November. Ill write a post on the flour soon, but I have a few more things to bake first! However, I will say that baking sweets is a bit of a luxury and that I appreciate the cost of using certain items, such as vanilla (I always use the real stuff from Madagascar), coconut and lime, none of which grow in Colorado! However, I have been using a sugar that is processed in Colorado and sourced from Colorado and a few surrounding states, local eggs (when I am not baking vegan), and Ive also been playing a lot with local honey.

Most importantly though, I bake from scratch, I try to buy in bulk, and I use real ingredients. Our bodies are what we eat just as the planet is what we make it, so I am very careful with what goes into my baked goods. And, Ive been making a point of not eating processed sweets of any shape size or variety, because to me they are just another variation of consumeristic plastic cr*p. In other words, if you want sweets take the time to make your own wholesome ones or spend the dough to buy some made by a local bakery (that is also careful with their ingredients).

Enough with the rant. Now for some pictures to make you hungry!

Batter in the cupcake pan prior to baking:

 

Cupcakes cooling on my new cooling rack (thanks to Grandma Green Me in MI, who also gave me the esteemed book).

 

And up close

 

I was very pleased with the result. I hadn’t thought about it ahead of time, but coconut is perfect for winter holiday decorating as the cupcakes look like they are covered with little piles of fluffy snow!

 

If you havent already, get in the spirit and bake something festive! If you need inspiration check out the Cookie Swap (I plan to join the fun someday soon).

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