This is my homegirl, folks! {Yes, that’s right, I have a homegirl, so?!} The brilliantly talented Ashlae from Oh, Ladycakes is everything you want from a blogger: funny, full of spunk, talented in the kitchen, beautiful pictures, adorable, easy to talk to, wise beyond her years…shall I keep going? Because I can… She even spells her name cooler than most! Don’t let her biceps fool you either. Yeah, she works out hardcore and could totally kick my arse, but she has THE biggest heart of gold. I love this girl so much and she deserves for me to shut my trap and for her to take center stage. So without further ado:

Hi, I’m Ladycakes. Err, Ashlae. But also known as the lady behind the blog Oh, ladycakes. And just so we’re clear, no one – except for the dapper dude who deemed me Ladycakes – actually calls me Ladycakes. Because that’s just plain weird. So anyway, I’m Ashlae. And welcome to the longest introduction ever.


Cara and I met in October 2011, courtesy of Vegan MoFo. Two months later, we decided to take our relationship to the next level and meet in person. And let me tell those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting this woman in the flesh – if you love her on Fork & Beans, you will love her 100x more in person; she’s infectious and downright hilarious. Between you and me, I thought about tying her up and locking her in my closet. You know, so she’d miss her flight and be stuck in Denver, forever. In my closet. Because that’s not creepy or anything.

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A few days after I moved into my apartment, I came home to a mysterious package sitting on my doorstep. I looked at it for a few minutes then decided to open it. Which turned out to be a rather daunting task, as Amazon quadruple taped the box (probably upon the senders request). It got even more mysterious when I finally made it through those layers of tape to find yet another box. This time, wrapped in blue paper. At this point I was confused; I didn’t order anything. I checked the label to ensure the package was addressed to me and – since it was – I began tearing away the blue paper, only to find.. a waffle maker! From Cara! Which means she actually listens to me when I talk. Because I’m fairly certain I told her a million times how much I wanted a waffle maker (ahem, only because she bragged to me about how she eats waffles every morning). So, should any of you have the opportunity to meet Cara in person, just mention how badly you want a new car. Then move into a new house and wait a few weeks for it to show up in your driveway.

 Ashlae's Cinnamon Roll Waffles
 

Sharing a waffle recipe during my guest post on Fork & Beans seemed like the right thing to do. You know, since the head woman got me a waffle maker, and all. I had every intention of sharing a healthy waffle recipe (made of banana puree, buckwheat flour, etc.) but Cara said healthy was boring. So I made up the most unhealthy waffle recipe I could imagine – cinnamon roll waffles. Topped with cinnamon brown sugar and smothered in creamy maple icing.

Ashlae's Cinnamon Roll Waffles
 
Thanks for having me, girlfriend.

CINNAMON ROLL WAFFLES (GF)

Waffles1 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend1/2 cup oat groat flour½ cup flax meal

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

3 cups almond milk

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Cinnamon sugar1/4 c. brown sugar1 tsp ground cinnamon

Maple icing

2 cups powdered sugar

2-3 tbsp water

6 tbsp pure maple syrup



 

In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and cinnamon; set aside. In another small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, water and maple syrup; whisk until all clumps has dissolved, then set aside.In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, flax meal, salt, baking powder and xanthan gum. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add 1 ½ cups of the milk. Whisk vigorously until all clumps have dissolved, then add the remaining milk, oil and vanilla extract; whisk until combined then set aside (the batter will thicken a bit).

Heat your waffle maker and spray with cooking oil. Spread ½ heaping cup of batter onto the waffle maker, then sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon brown sugar. Cook according to the manufacturers instructions, then serve with maple icing. Top with additional brown sugar, if desired.

Yield: 6 8” waffles