Tears of Laughter…of course!
Last evening was my dear friend Kelly’s 33rd Birthday! I decided to throw her a little gathering (the easy part) and to make her a Vegan Birthday cake (the hard part). I have never been much of a baker, in fact, the most baking I have done in my life has pretty much been over the last few months since I started Foodventures. Generally, I stick to easy things like cookies and banana bread, I have never even thought of making a cake from scratch…why would I??? when you can just buy a really tasty beautiful one at the store…But for the purposes of this blog and my own curiosity I went for it. After researching recipes, I discovered that making a vegan cake was really easy and ended up using different versions of recipes used during the depression and wartime back in the day, this makes sense to me cause eggs and dairy and other yummy stuff was rationed but people still needed to eat cake!
Now, I have to tell you that I was totally feeling 1 hour behind yesterday and when I found out the guest of honor was on her way, I hadn’t even iced the cake or even made the icing yet. In the “how to” photo’s, you will see man hands, this is my friend Todd (who actually went to chef school and makes insanely delicious meals all the time!) helping me get the icing together. It was awesome to see him work cause he was so fast and knew how to do stuff that would have taken me triple time. YAY Todd! oh and thanks to Julie for the clean up and berry washing!
- 3 cups of flour
- 2 cups of sugar
- 6 tbsp of Cocoa
- 2 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of salt
- 3/4 cup of sunflower oil
- 2 tbsp of white vinegar
- 2 tsp + 2 tbsp of vanilla
- 2 cups of cold water
- 2 cups Vegan Butter (room temperature)
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1 cup of fresh strawberries (cut in half)
****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make This Chocolate Birthday Cake.
This was an incredible evening filled with love, singsongs and laughter. The cake went over really well and tasted awesome! No more store bought cakes for me totally worth making your own cake and I got to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer for the first time. Tonight, I’m suppose to make risotto for my parents, they are spending the evening at my place on their way to FLA. But i might try and get them to take me out instead cause I am still trying to get things organized from last night’s festivities.
Thanks to everyone who made this evening such a great success and Thanks to you for reading!
The pasta maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer arrived in the mail today! What a great surprise on this really really cold day. I am so excited to try it out. I’m thinking dinner next week for sure. Anyone free Tuesday?
**click on the picture for a better look!
I’m still trying to figure out my organic gluten-free vegan potluck dish for tomorrow evening. Lentils anyone? Either way I’ll have my recipe posted on Sunday. Thanks to all of you who have been checking out this site. I am thrilled to say that in a little over a month Foodventures has over 1000 hits! wow. And you don’t need to wonder if you are missing a post cause you can sign up and get all the latest Foodventures to your inbox! (Check it out in the top right corner under the Howdy, Finale, La Vie.) Stay Warm and have fun! It’s Friday! woot woot!