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I Aspire to be a Giant Squid

Giant squid bathtub
Giant squid bathtub (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No, not the sea creature. Bob was recently forced into retirement. This was totally unexpected and earlier than we had planned.  So I am taking on more projects to bring in extra income. One of them is  Squidoo.

Don’t worry, Espirational will stay as it is.  When I started this blog I was determined to keep it non-commercial.  That is why my online money making activities are based outside this blog. I may from time to time mention something else I am doing.  If you want to check these out, that would be great, but there is no pressure.

Here are a few of my first lenses for you to browse.

Mom’s Easy Potato Soup

Orgeenic for Healthier Cooking:  Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

Art and Craft Supplies from the Trash

Chocolate Cake!!!

Chocolate orange cupcakes Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Chocolate orange cupcakes
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

That got your attention didn’t it? Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. It is also my birthday, so I get two pieces, right?

A few days ago I mentioned ways to celebrate a birthday without food. You can still have a wonderful day. However, if you really want cake but live with dietary restrictions there is always another option. You can make your own.

I love chocolate cake. But I don’t love all the sugar and fat that usually finds it’s way into this delicious dessert.  So, this is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.  I love it made as cupcakes.  I prefer my cake naked, but this is so good, you won’t miss the frosting! If you prefer frosted cupcakes use your favorite frosting recipe.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I prefer dark cocoa powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest and juice of 1 medium orange (approx. 1 T. zest and ½ cup juice)
1/3 cup water
¼ cup agave nectar or ½ cup sugar
3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ – ¾ cup chocolate chips

Directions:
1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3.  In another bowl combine wet ingredients.
4.  Make a well in the dry ingredients and add wet, stirring just to blend.
5.  Stir in chocolate chips.
6.  Place cupcake liners in a muffin pan.
7.  Divide batter among the cups.
8.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until the tip of a knife inserted into the top of a cupcake comes out clean.
9.  Remove from oven, take cupcakes out of the pan and allow to cool.
Makes 12 cupcakes.

This post is linked to the following blog events:

Allergy Free Wednesday

Gluten Free Wednesday