Why hadn’t anyone ever told me about Cupcake Wars until like 2 weeks ago?
Actually, I don’t think anyone even told me about the show, I just discovered it on my own when I was looking through the Food Network website, which I do frequently to watch some of my favorites like Chopped and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It was like finding hidden treasure, however, when I discovered Cupcake Wars. I’m hooked.
I don’t know why I’ve been so into baking these days. I usually never care to bake, and I’m honestly not that good at it. But Cupcake Wars inspires me! I’ve baked every weekend for the past month or so. I think I love hearing the ideas people come up with when given a challenge. Some of the things they whip up make me mad that I can’t have a little taste through the television screen.
I’ve even been doing crazy things like scoop the batter using an ice cream scoop so that each cake is even, and pulling out an old cake decorating kit I’ve literally never opened so that I can kind of feel like a pro.
I made these a couple weeks ago– Peanut Butter cake with Dark Chocolate frosting and topped with a Mini Reeses cup. I made them all from scratch!! I was so proud of myself, even though the cake was a little bit more dry than what I wanted and the decor wasn’t exactly the best. Gotta start somewhere!
So it’s the beginning of the month. You know what that means? A new word of the month to focus on in my health! Wanna know what it is?
Surprising, right? When we are “working on ourselves” shouldn’t we always be striving to be better and better and be the best we can possibly be?
You know what? Probably. As a health and fitness blogger, I should be inspiring you with some kind of motivation to be the best version of yourself and to continue striving. But I’ve tried that myself for too long– trying so hard to reach the ideal version of myself, beating myself up along the way so that I could just finally feel lovable, acceptable, approvable, and worthy. The trick with that was the cycle never ended. I continued to strive and seek perfection, but even when I thought I was closer, there was still such a long way to go.
I watched this video yesterday, which is a sermon Matt Chandler did at Village Church in Dallas about the two main hurdles for women– Comparison and Perfectionism. As he talked, I felt more and more convicted about my desire for perfection from myself. He defined perfectionism as “the disordered desire for righteousness & perfection apart from Christ.” Yikes.
He talks about how what becomes our “ultimate” will eventually control us as women. We think & say that Christ controls us and that we live for Him. But then we are constantly consumed by our body images, measuring up, being the perfect wife or mom or pastor or business woman, and I start to question– does Christ really control us? To be honest with you guys, when I look at my life, especially the past year, I can say that I would say with my mouth that I lived for Jesus but then if you look at my thought life, where my time, energy, resources, and desires were, they did not really look like Jesus. They looked a lot like vanity, selfishness, insecurity, and pride. Really, those were my “ultimates” and I became controlled by them.
It is impossible to be perfect in ourselves. That may make you sad or discouraged, but I want you to think about that and let it free you. You don’t have to be perfect because you never can be. You can let the weight of the idealism you carry fall off at the release and freedom of that truth.
The key here is we can’t be perfect apart from Jesus, but we are actually called to take on the perfection of Christ. When I hear “take on” the perfection of JESUS, who IS perfection and love and everything good and right, I actually feel a little overwhelmed and heavy. I don’t have the answer of what this looks like, and I actually still want to chew on and ask God about what it means to take on the perfection of Jesus (we can journey on that together, friends!!) But I also know that the truth is His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Taking on His perfection is not meant to be heavy or overwhelming. It’s meant to free us and draw us to Him! I, however, do know that taking on perfection in my own strength is exhausting, oppressive, & brutal, it consumes me and never leads me to relying on Jesus.
So here’s to accepting myself as imperfect and learning what it means to take on the perfection of Christ!! Who’s with me?
What do you think it means to take on the perfection of Christ? Do you struggle with perfectionism, especially in health, food, and fitness?
I love donuts. I’ve secretly wanted a donut pan for so long, so my sweet husband finally made me get one last week, and I’m already in love!! This was the first batch of donuts I’ve ever made! Major success. I only adapted the recipe slightly and made up the frosting recipe completely. I love the super chocolatey and slight banana tones in the super cakey donut, and the frosting was to die for. You don’t need much frosting on each donut, just a little amount is enough for some BIG flavor!
Double Chocolate Banana Donuts with Peanut Butter Maple Frosting
adapted from Ginger Lemon Girl
Makes about 8 donuts
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup tapioca flour
- 2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of salt
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (depending on how chocolatey you want your donuts!)
For the icing:
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (almond butter or sunflower seed butter to make it paleo)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tbsp organic powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray your donut pan with cooking spray.
- Mix together dry ingredients (almond & tapioca flours, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt) in a bowl until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, use a mixer to mix the banana, egg, coconut sugar, olive oil, and vanilla extract until well incorporated. Slowly mix your dry mix into the wet mix until you have a batter, then fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spoon batter into donut pan, filling each space about 3/4 of the way full. Place in the oven and bake for 11-12 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and let cool.
- While the donuts are cooling, in a small bowl melt your peanut or almond butter using a microwave, until it is almost liquidy and creamy. Mix the maple syrup and vanilla extract into the nut butter. Using a whisk, slowly add powdered sugar bit by bit while whisking the frosting. Continue to whisk/mix for about a minute after adding all the powdered sugar.
- Once the donuts are completely cooled, frost each one with some of the icing. Enjoy your donuts!!