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Sometimes after binge watching baking shows, you just have to bake cupcakes.

Lots of cupcakes

I substituted a 1 to 1 gluten free flour blend for the flour in the yellow cake recipe out of my favorite Better Homes cookbook. The cupcakes turned out a little dense, but not bad. Most gluten free cakes are a little dense, so I’m not sure there’s a good solution.

My favorite part of any cake is the butter cream frosting.  A slightly dense cupcake doesn’t bother me, as long as the frosting is good. My frosting recipe also came from my Better Homes cookbook. Some of my family can’t have dairy, so I substituted shortening for the butter and almond milk for the milk.

My Sunbeam Mixmaster worked beautifully for both the cake batter and butter cream frosting. I’ve had it for over a year and a half now, and the only problem I’ve had was with the beaters.Those were cheap and easy to replace, and it’s been going strong ever since.

Frosting delivery device

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Thanksgiving Week and Cyber Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We spent the week at home doing nothing but eating and relaxing and eating some more.

I did lots of baking to keep everything gluten-free. To help make it easier, I picked up a stand mixer. I couldn’t justify the expense of a Kitchenaid right now (and I stupidly passed on buying Aldi’s Ambiano classic stand mixer a few weeks ago when I had the chance), so I went with a Sunbeam Mixmaster. It has a two year warranty, so I think that should give me plenty of time to see if I use it enough to warrant investing in a higher end machine.

So far, I have used it to make a two loave batch of banana nut bread, a two loave batch of apple nut bread, a two loave batch of sweet potato bread, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, crust for an apple pie, pizza crust, and a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I bought it last Wednesday. If it survives through Christmas with everything I’m throwing at it, I will give it my highest endorsement. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a similar mixer in white: Sunbeam 2371 MixMaster Stand Mixer, White

The only thing that made me nervous so far was the sweet potato bread. It was super stiff and thick, and I was lazy and didn’t switch to the dough hooks after combining the wet ingredients. Even so, the mixer still managed with the speed increased. Next time, though, I will be smart and use the correct attachments for the task.

We took another batch of pecans to be cracked, and bought another $5 box of bruised apples and a few marked down bunches of bruised bananas. That supplied the nuts and fruits for most of my baking. Unfortunately I don’t have photos of any of that.

I do have a photo of the apple cider vinegar I’m making from the peelings I saved from the first batch of apples. This is my first time to make ACV, so I’ll hold off on writing a how-to until it’s complete.

Today is Cyber Monday, so I’ve marked down everything in my SubEarthan Cottage Etsy shop by 20%. No coupons needed. ☺