It's A Party + A Giveaway!!

18 December 2013

Happy Blogiversary! Happy  Blogiversary! Happy Blogiversary! Happppppy Blogiversary!


Oh my goodness!!! It's been a whole year of blogging. My my where has the time gone? Seriously! When I started this blogging journey I never thought I would make it this far or form the friendships that I have made. My heart is full as I think about the encouragement, laughter, friendships, love, and faith this blog has brought into my life. I started out blogging too scared to share my story and then I finally did. So many of you opened up your hearts to me on your own issues whether different or the same and we bonded. 

The more I blog I realize that this blog is less about me and more about how I can relate to other believers. I thought my struggle to conceive would make me an outcast but God has shown me that it's made me relatable. It's help me to empathize with people who are dealing with their own struggles and it's also helped to increase my faith.

So as we prepare to move into the new year I am going to be on a blogging hiatus to renew my mind and to do some secret other things. Most of you know all about it and if you don't you'll find out what I'm up to in just a few days. Please continue to stop by the blog as I have several amazing ladies who are going to be sharing wonderful post with us as I prepare to come back refreshed in the NEW YEAR! I thank you all for keeping me encouraged and for laughing with me. I hope you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you.Your prayers, comments, and presence mean so much to me, so thank you.

With that said I've got a fabulous recipe written below and three awesome prizes for you gorgeous ladies. So try the recipe, enter the giveaway and share it with a friend!


Red Velvet Cake

INGREDIENTS

Batter
1 cup vegan shortening*
1 3/4 cups Sugar
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs*
1 cup buttermilk*
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 1/2 oz red food coloring
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tsp chocolate extract

Frosting
5 tbsp flour 
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup butter*
1 cup granulated sugar

DIRECTIONS

For Batter
Bring all your ingredients to room temperature 20-30 minutes before you are ready to bake.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease two 8 or 9 inch round baking pans. I like to spray mine with coconut oil.

In a measuring cup add 1tbsp of vinegar and fill it the rest of the way with soy milk. Allow milk to curdle for 5-10 minutes.

Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and soda then set aside.

In a small bowl mix together cocoa powder and food coloring.

In another bowl mix together your buttermilk*, eggs*, and extracts.

With your mixer cream together shortening and sugar until fluffy. While the mixer running alternate between adding buttermilk/egg* mixture and flour mixture. Do this until fully combined. 

Once combined add in red mixture and beat until well mixed. 

Pour batter into prepared pans and spread evenly until the surface is flat.

Bake for 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.

Once cake is finished baking. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then remove and place on cooling rack.

For Frosting
In a small saucepan whisk flour into milk on medium low heat. Stir constantly until mixture thickens. The mixture should be thicker than the cake batter.

Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. To speed up the cooling process I transfer my mixture into a measuring cup and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes. 

Meanwhile cream butter* and sugar together with your mixer. Beat it into submission you don't want to feel the grainy texture from the sugar.

Add your cooled milk and flour mixture and the vanilla extract to the sugar and butter* mixture. Beat the ingredients until they are light and fluffy resemble whipped cream.

Spread on cooled cake. Garnish with pecans*.

Serve and Enjoy!!

*All ingredients in this recipe are vegan. Milk is soy or almond milk, shortening and butter are Earth Balance. Eggs are Ener G Egg Replacer.


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53 comments:

  1. There is almost nothing as enticing as red velvet cake! Yum! Happy blogoversary!

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  2. I would love to win the Eat Bundle.

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  3. Happy blogiversary! Thanks for being a daily encouragement. Enjoy your hiatus, and see ya in the new year! :)

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  4. Yay! Happy blog birthday! I'm so glad you started it a year ago!

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  5. Happy Blogiversary!! I am so blessed to have met you!! Keep up the great work, friend!! ♥

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  6. Happy Blogiversary, doll!!! Found you from sweet Aimee's blog!!! :)
    I would pick the Pray bundle!!! And give that Jesus calling as a gift to someone for sure!!! I have one of my own...want to spread and share the love!!
    Merry Christmas! xx

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  7. I would love to win the Pray Bundle! I have been trying to incorporate more quiet time, and bible time, in my life and this would only help! I'e been thinking about getting a devotional because I think I could be more successful reading that daily rather than opening my bible daily!

    Happy 1yr anniversary/birthday! that's amazing!

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  8. Happy Blogiversary! I would love the prayer bundle! I already have Jesus Calling but I figured I could pass it on to someone else who needs it. The cook bundle is tempting tho...

    I am pretty sure that as I was looking at your pictures of the cake...I almost ate my screen ;)

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  9. happy blogiversary!! woo hoo!!! :)

    i would love the pray bundle - i have been eyeing the Jesus Calling devotional for a few weeks! i also love to journal and fill up book upon book each year! :) the starbucks & pictures would be nice too! :)

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  10. Happy, happy, happy blogiversary, Charity! That is such an awesome accomplishment and I love how you baked a cake and are hosting a giveaway to celebrate the occasion. That's the way to do it! :) I especially love what you said about blogging and how it's more about relating and connecting to others than it is to talk about yourself. That is the truth, girl! :)

    I love all of these bundles, but the love bundle is my fave! :)

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  11. Happy blogiversary, Charity!!!! So excited for you :) And honored to be part of your celebration! You are so inspiring and awesome, and I'm so glad we met through blogging. Also--this recipe looks amazing ;) You're one talented lady!

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  12. Happy Blogiversary Charity! You have inspired me and your daily blog posts have served as a devotional of sorts when I sit down to read your faith-fueled words! Thank you for your ministry! I would love to win the Pray Prize Bundle!

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  13. Hi there, Charity! Happy blogiversary! Congrats on your first year of blogging - you have a lovely place here :) It's funny - I don't much care for Red Velvet cake, but I am obsessed with that flour frosting that usually accompanies it. I put it on everything ;) And your gifts are great! I'd like the Pray Bundle. Enjoy your special day!

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  14. Happy blogiversary!!! I'm so glad I met you in the blogging world! :-)

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  15. Happy Anniversary my dear friend!!! And I would love any of the bundles ... but since I already have Jesus Calling, I would love the LOVE bundle! :) XOXO!

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  16. Happy Anniversary!! I think I'd like the 2nd prize!

    www.thecrackedlensblog.wordpress.com

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  17. Happy blogiversary chica! May God bless you with many many more!

    KLP | SavingOurStrands

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win the 3rd prize pack!

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  19. All the prizes sound fantastic- I honestly would be happy with any of them. If I had to choose, the pray bundle sounds lovely! xo

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  20. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I'm new around here and already inspired :) The love bundle would be great!

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  21. Happy 1 year girl! So thankful to be a part of your journey and blogiversary!! Thanks for all you do for ALL of your readers! You have touched so many lives, mine of course, included! Thanks for your wonderful posts, so encouraging, so sweet (yummy recipes), so much wisdom to share, and the awesome challenges you do! You are just a blessing all around :) Thanks for doing this awesome giveaway too!!

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  22. HAPPY ONE YEAR YAAAAY!!! I would love to win the first bundle - to encourage to pray. I need more of that in my life, truly. Jesus is so good. I would LOVE this. Again - happy one year! And that cake looks AMAZING!!!

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  23. Happy blogiversary! I can't believe you made a cake-- that is too cute! I will have to make a cake for my blogiversary!

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  24. I love both the Pray and the Love bundles!

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  25. I would love any of these, but I think I am most in need of the Pray bundle! Such great prizes!!

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  26. I'd love the Pray bundle! Awesome giveaway.

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  27. I would love to win the Eat bundle

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  28. I would love to win the Pray Bundle!

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  29. You are too cute! Happy anniversary!

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  30. i would love the cook at heart bundle!

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  31. Yayyyy! Happy blogiversary girl!! So blessed to call you a blog friend, what a crazy little community this is. :) am I allowed to enter? If so I sure would be one lucky girl to win any of them! Such great stuff!

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  32. Happy Blogiversary ! Thanks for posting the red velvet cake recipe. Red velvet cake is one of my favorite treats, but I never had a recipe from scratch before (and lets face it the box mixes don't taste good) so I look forward to trying it out. If I was to win my favorite item would be The Pioneer Woman cookbook.

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  33. Happy one year blogiversary to you my dear!!! Send some of that delicious cake to Texas! ;)

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://www.anchorsaweighblog.com/

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  34. Happy Blogiversary! I am so glad I got to party with you!! The cake looks amazing! And the prayer bundle is such a good giveaway prize!!!

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  35. hi! that cake looks delish <3 <3 i'd love to win the quiet time bundle because that is what i am in the very most need of. happy blogiversary :)

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  36. Happy blog anniversary Charity! The cake looks great.

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  37. Happy Blog Anniversary! I am going to try that cake because that's Reece's favorite kind of cake!

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  38. So happy for you and your blog! Happy one year! I love your space and always leaving it encouraged in some way or another! I look forward to all the next year has in store for you!

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  39. I'd love to win any one of these bundles - They all seem great :) Congrats on one year!!!

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  40. Honestly Id love to win any of the bundles, they all have something I want. That cake looks so so good. Congratulations on a year!

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  41. Happy blog anniversary! All of the bundles sound awesome, but the eat bundle sounds super awesome :D

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  42. That cake looks freaking amazing! YUM. I'm all over that first prize bundle, but they all sound pretty great. :) YAY for one year!

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  43. Happy Anniversary! If I won, I'd like the pray or eat bundle. (Early) Merry Christmas!

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  44. I love that Eat Bundle! The Pioneer Woman has always been a favorite.

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  45. Congrats on a year! I recently started blogging so I might do a 1 month celebration just to make the cake. Looks sooo good. Great story telling through the photos.

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  46. I would love to win the love bundle!

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