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KCL 2018 Beauty Awards

Welcome to the latest beauty edit and the very first beauty awards here on the blog! I’ve tried so many wonderful beauty products this year and wanted to let you guys know which were my top must-have products of the year. I’ve picked from new and small businesses only, as I love to work with indie brands. And like most of the beauty brands I review; most of these are organic, natural, and cruelty-free.

These are the items that long after the required testing and promotion period, I find myself still using and preferring above any others. The're the products which despite a never ending stream of free PR samples, I would still spend my own money (and in some cases have) in order to get more of. And whether affordable or more costly, these are the beauty products that I truly think are worth the price. So if you’re thinking about adding more beauty or selfcare products into your 2019 routine, I highly recommend each of these brands.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe


I spent over a week testing several different recipes at several different cooking times and temperatures to come up with this recipe. I can't have dairy, and I have friends who can't have gluten, so I know how horrible some of those allergy-free recipes can be.
What's so great about this recipe is how versatile it is. The texture is very similar to a classic sponge cake; so you can use it to make cupcakes, muffins, layer cake, chocolate banana bread, whoopie pie. The possibilities are endless. And you can substitute the regular cocoa powder for dark chocolate cocoa powder if you want a richer batter. The batter will also hold up perfectly even with nuts, dried fruit or chocolate chips added, so you can add whatever you want to it.

I tested it in muffin tins, an 8 inch cake-round and a loaf pan just to make sure it would cook though, hold up and come out of the different pans perfectly. It did in every case!


Ingredients:
  • 1&1/2 cup flour (I like to use rice flour, but if you are also allergic to that, use a regular all-purpose gluten-free flour)
  • 1 C sugar **See list at the bottom of post for 100% vegan sugars
  • 1/2 C cocoa powder (use dark chocolate cocoa powder for dark choc/devil's food)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP white distilled vinegar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 5 TBSP apple sauce
  • 1TBSP fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C chocolate chips or nuts (optional) *Use ghirardelli semi-sweet chips (they are dairy-free) or use vegan carob chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients.

2. Coat pan with olive oil or shortening and dust with cocoa powder.

3. Bake approximately 30 minutes for cake. Approximately 20-30 min for cupcakes.
*Note: fill slightly higher than you normally would. They do not expand in the oven quite as much as regular batter.


List of 100% Vegan Sugars:
  • vegan
  • unrefined cane sugar
  • evaporated cane juice
  • beet sugar
  • raw sugar

Link about why some sugars aren't considered vegan:
http://www.vegansoapbox.com/vegan-sugar/


Shop Vegan Dessert Cookbooks

0979128617My Sweet Vegan: passionate about dessert, $22.95
1569759200Have Your Cake and Vegan Too: 50 Dazzling and Delicious Cake Creations, $11.96

1906868352Sweet Vegan: A Collection of All Vegan, some Gluten-Free, and a Few Raw Desserts, $12.82


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