Have You Met Carol?

Carol Kicinski's Gluten Free Vegan German Chocolate Cupcakes

Thank you Sea, of Book of Yum, for hosting the tasty Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger monthly blog event! This month I have adopted Carol of Simply Gluten-Free.

If you eat gluten-free or spend time perusing gluten-free food blogs, I'm quite certain you've been introduced to Carol Kicinski. Carol is the talented baker and chef behind the inspiring blog Simply Gluten-Free. Her mouth-watering food photography draws me in—like a deer caught in the headlights. And that's what happened when I saw these Gluten Free Vegan German Chocolate Cupcakes. I had to have 'em!

Carol's cupcakes call for "granulated sugar." Since Sucanat® (essentially unrefined dried sugar cane juice) was the closest thing I had on hand, I added the extra step of whizzing the Sucanat in my blender to achieve a lighter, powdery sugar. [See my post on making Unrefined Powdered Sugar.] I think that this step helped ensure the structure of the cupcake and suggest it if the sugar you are using is of the large crystal variety. The other thing about Sucanat is that it's darker in color. When mixed with chocolate, the color is no different. On the other hand, in a light-colored icing, you can see a difference. Hence the reason for my icing being caramel in color compared to Carol's being dreamy and white.

Carol's book due out this month!I rarely use the word "scarf" because the visual of me "scarfing" is not one I like to evoke in peoples' minds ... but folks, I scarfed these down—like a little piggy. Holy sweetness, were they good! After dinner I fed one (the one left) to my husband. For a moment he was speechless, then exclaimed "I haven't had something like this in years!" I'd say this family of four gives Carol's cupcakes 8 thumbs up!

If you want to indulge in more of Carol's gluten-free treats, how about pre-ordering her new cookbook Simply...Gluten-Free Desserts. It's due for release later this month. Congratulations Carol!!