Monday, 6 October 2014

Banana Chocolate Cupcakes - Vegan Recipe

I made these the other day for my Dad's birthday. They're very rich and moist and very chocolatey! The recipe makes 10 small cupcakes. Or fairy cakes. But not big ol' muffins! 


1 fairly ripe banana
1 tsp baking powder
A heaped table spoon of dark cocoa powder 
50g muscavado sugar (could be subbed for other sugar but this is very rich!)
50g vegan margarine 
75g self raising flour 


Mix the first three ingredients together. Mashing the banana until it's as smooth as possible. 

Add the sugar and the margarine and beat together. 

Add the flour a bit at a time until it comes together in a smooth, glossy, fairly thick consistency. 

Restrain yourself from eating it out of the bowl....

Divide into cake cases!

Bake for 15 minutes in a 180 degree C oven until a skewer comes out clean. 

I hope you enjoy them! 

I want to try out more egg substitutes in my baking as cooked banana isn't always my thing!! Dad loved them though:-) 

Jo :-)

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Challenge 2014

I see all sorts of challenges appear at various times on Instagram and none of the photo ones particularly appealed to me. In the spirit of my hundred happy days challenge (going well by the way #joshappyhundred if you're interested!) I thought I'd make a list of 31 things to achieve this month. Little things that Mae a difference to me and others. Things that make me feel happy. Some things that are just a plain old good idea! 

They might be done one a day or could be accomplished over the course of the month. I hope it will be a little daily push to achieve more! 

1) cook something delicious
2) handmake a present for someone 
3) finish a sewing project
4) finish a knitting project
5) bake a cake for someone else
6) take photos of my family
7) take photos of my friends
8) do something for charity
9) hand make birthday cards ready for up to Christmas
10) start a Christmas list (!!)
11) make a new skirt
12) try a new vegan dish 
13) go running again
14) pick blackberries
15) pick apples and make apple sauce to freeze
16) eBay some old wardrobe items
17) read a new book
18) learn about something new
19) start learning Italian again
20) have a pampering day. Face mask, nails, the lot! 
21) try a new dance move
22) do something kind to make someone smile
23) crochet a dark red snood
24) clean out and use a new handbag
25) make up some business cards for work and the jazz club
26) make a Halloween costume
27) write a letter to someone
28) go on a walk and collect sloes
29) make slow gin
30) make my car sparkle 
31) make some donations to a charity shop 

Hopefully this will give me something to aim for each day (or at least start and finish within a month!!). You can follow me on Instagram or twitter (@ofavintageair) to see my progress. #josoctoberchallenge 

Jo :-)