As everybody else seems to be baking at the moment during lockdown, we thought we would have a go ourselves. These vegan cupcakes taste amazing, even if we say so ourselves.
The recipe uses cider vinegar as one of the ingredients, and as luck would have it, we have our own stash of the finest cider vinegar in the world; YARDE CIDER VINEGAR, although we might be slightly biased.
Using cider vinegar in a cake recipe might sound a weird combo, but it works really well.
In vegan baking, if cider vinegar is combined with vegan milk alternatives such as soya, almond or hazelnut milk, it curdles and this recreates dairy -like products. Magic!
About Yarde cider vinegar
Yarde cider vinegar is matured in oak vats for a minimum of two years. It is raw, unpasteurised, unfiltered and contains the essential ‘Mother’. It is vegan-friendly and like all our products, we don’t add any sulphites. The apples used are all local Devon varieties collected from orchards rich in wildlife, where no chemicals or fertilizers are used.
Health benefits of cider vinegar (not health benefits of eating delicious cup cakes)
There are various claims to the health benefits of cider vinegar, including that it helps burn ‘belly fat’...so no need to take part in any more Joe Wicks torture sessions, we mean workouts!
Other health-benefit claims, aside from weight loss, include soothing sore throats, helping with diabetes and sugar levels, reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels, heartburn and assisting with rheumatoid arthritis.
Some people even use cider vinegar to wash their hair!
However, we would like to stress, the above ‘health benefits’ are just claims, and we aren’t medical advisers. Always seek professional medical advice if you have one of the above symptoms (perhaps not necessarily for hair-washing advice though!).
More about the health benefits of cider vinegar can be found on this BBC website.
Recipe for vegan cupcakes
Preparation time – 10 mins
Baking time - 15 to 20 mins
Icing – we made a lovely, thick, vegan-friendly vanilla icing, but you can always search for alternatives such as orange, lemon or vegan friendly chocolate icing.
A really simple recipe is just mixing icing sugar with a splash of hot water and tsp of vanilla extract.
Just to give you all a quick update.
Sadly, our expansion to Cockington Court, scheduled for early April has been delayed due to Coronavirus and lock down. We are still very much excited about opening up our cider shop and studio at this wonderful location, surrounded by gorgeous cider orchards and a walled garden. We can't wait to become part of the wonderful community there, working alongside other creative, artisan businesses and the lovely people that make Cockington such a fantastic place to visit.
We will keep you posted as to when we finally make the move. In the meantime, we are continuing to operate out of our ciderhouse in Stoke Gabriel with online sales and local deliveries, although our premises are closed to the public.
Stay safe everyone, and look forward to seeing you all at Cockington Court soon. best wishes Simon
There was a wonderful turn out for Simon Akeroyd's apple tree pruning masterclass in the gorgeous old orchard at Lupton House last week. Participants spent the day learning various pruning techniques on open-centre bush trees, and upright spindle trees, and had the opportunity to get hands on experience too.
After an introduction by Simon on the various different reasons for pruning, and which were the best tools for the job, Simon then demonstrated the formative pruning of young trees, and the restoration of older trees that hadn't been pruned for years. The training also included looking at whip and tongue grafting and chip budding techniques of varieties. Finally there were demonstrations by Simon of the Modified-Lorrette pruning technique on restricted form of trees such as fans, espaliers, oblique cordons and step-over apple trees. Participants also had a chance to master the 3-step pruning cut on some of the larger branches.
Best of all- apart from the lovely crowd of participants, was the fact that there was a lovely lunch cooked over an open fire by the Forest School's team. And an additional bonus was that it didn't rain all day. Rare indeed for February 2020.