Local Love! Weblog for Champaign County Ohio Virtual Farmers’ Market

And, a perfect kick off to the week, our month of LOVE, AND our Local Love series, brought to you by each of our vendors…

Today, we get Mandy, from our new addition of, Ella Bella’s Gluten Free mixes!!

To me local is supporting my neighbor, my friend, my community. It is showing that I care and love them through my purchases. It is showing my family that I love them by giving them the best from our community. It is teaching my children that the money we spend buying eggs goes to people we know; people we can see.

I grew up with my mom composting, growing herbs, and a vegetable garden; having fresh milk and eggs delivered, my mom making bread, cookies, and even making mayonnaise. She did all of this in the suburbs as a single mom to two wild girls. I did not like it as a kid, I had the “different stuff,” nothing was pre-packaged in my lunch like all the other kids. I would rejoice when I got to go to Gramma and Grandpa’s and have Little Debbie cakes and Lucky Charms for breakfast. As I got older I realized that I didn’t feel as good when I ate all that processed food, I felt better when I made food. When I started cooking for myself in college it was simple, but lots of whole foods.

When my kids moved to eating solid foods I made all of it, many of the veggies coming from farmer’s markets. Now all of my kids love their veggies and fruits. They are happy when I go to the local market and pick up fresh sweet corn (“heaven corn” as it is known in our house). They can taste the difference that comes with local.

I started Ella Bella in 2011 after we discovered out 2nd child was gluten intolerant. I did not want to make 2 sets of meals and desserts for my family, so I started experimenting with gluten free flours. By the fall of 2011 I knew I had a good product and I wanted to share it with others. Continuing my love for local to my business I buy all ingredients from local vendors. I love Ella Bella and am honored that I can sell something I have made. I think that you can taste a little bit of the local love when you make the mixes, or use the flour.

Visit the market at http://champaignoh.locallygrown.net/market

Easy Chocolate Cake or Cupcakes


cupcakes made without eggs
cupcakes made without eggs
Sriracha Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 1 8″ cake or 1 dozen cupcakes.  Easily doubles to make 2 8″ cakes or 2 dozen cupcakes.

1 cup (10.25 oz) Ella Bella AP GF Flour
1/2 cup (4.5 oz) Dutch cocoa powder
1 cup (14 oz) (organic) white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup vegetable or nut oil – I prefer sunflower oil
1 large egg (egg can easily be left out to make this a vegan recipe.  The egg helps it be a bit fluffier.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cupcake pan or grease cake pan(s).

Combine Ella Bella Flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl of a mixer.  Bend with paddle attachment until combined.  Pour in water, oil, egg (if using), and vanilla. Blend on medium-high until well combined, you many need to scrap the sides of the bowl down.

Pour into lined cupcake pan, filling until 3/4 of the way full.  Or fill cake pan, spread batter around with spoon to get it to the edges.  Place in oven and cook for 18 to 20 min.  The top will look slightly dry and should start to “crack”.  When done move to a cooling rack, let sit for 10 min before removing from pan.  Let them cool completely before icing.

adapted from http://www.abbydodge.com/?s=chocolate+cupcakes