I had some time today since my plans for laying in the sun fell through. It's raining again which is so sad for my glowing white legs. Anyway, I made cupcakes so I'll feel completely comfortable wearing my bathing suit while tanning my glowing legs. Yes, sarcasm is rampant today.
I used a Betty Crocker Devil's Food mix and made it my way. This includes substituting the water with almond milk and adding some vanilla for a more homemade, rich taste. I added one can of sweet cherries in heavy syrup to the batter which I drained reserving the liquid.
The very best part though was the frosting. I didn't even make it correctly but the result was delicious. I used 1/4 cup of the reserved cherry liquid in place of the milk and coconut oil for the butter. Since Ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate chips are dairy free I used those in the mix. The thing I forgot to add was.....wait for it.....the powdered sugar. It's the last ingredient listed and I guess I got distracted when I was looking at a bowl of melted chocolate. When I tasted the mix, I thought it was perfect and I didn't even remember that anything else needed to be added. I dipped the cooled cupcakes and allowed them to set up for about an hour. Come to think of it, some slivered almonds on top would be good.
I shared some (so nice of me) with my sister and my dad and they gave me a thumbs up! I'll pretend that I left the sugar out to save calories.