Friday, November 11, 2011
PAINT IT PURPLE
A number of years ago, a good friend told me that she had been the victim of domestic violence - she had suffered for years in silence, I think that the worst part for her was the isolation, being unable to talk about her experience. I am so proud of her that she had the courage to leave the awful situation she was in, and was and am delighted to help in any way I possibly can (although truth be told since my sister's death she has been the one doing all the helping!).
The Pixel Project were in contact with me recently, I am delighted to be able to participate in their "Paint It Purple" Cupcake Online Recipe Gallery which is a campaign to to raise awareness and funds for the cause to end violence against women (VAW) in communities worldwide. They do this work using social media and new technologies. We can help by baking and photographing a cupcake for their website and writing a bit about their wonderful work.
Coincidentally I had recently baked Lavender Cupcakes from the wonderful "Red Velvet, Chocolate Heartache" by Harry Eastwood - talk about predestined!! They were absolutely delicious, the lavender flavour was present but subtle (I had feared a soapy taste, nothing could be further from the reality). The courgette on the other hand was completely unrecognisable! The nicest possible way to get one of your "five a day"!!!
adapted from Red Velvet, Chocolate Heartache
For the cupcakes
160g lavender sugar
220g grated peeled courgette
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g rice flour
120g ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
For the icing
140g icing sugar sifted
3 tbsp blueberry juice
Preheat oven to 180 C
Line a 12 hole muffin tray with papers
Using an electric whisk, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and frothy (this will take about 5 minutes)
Add the grated courgette and the vanilla extract and whisk again.
Fold in the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt, and combine.
Using an ice cream scoop divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases.
Bake for 20 minutes, until risen and a skewer comes out clean.
Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Prepare the icing by adding the juice to the icing sugar - stir well to combine.
When the cupcakes are cold spread the icing over the top.
You can decorate with some lavender flowers if you have some available.