Saturday, February 26, 2011

Vegan Birthday Cake

Is it possible to have a vegan birthday party 
sleepover for 6 & 7 year olds?  
And no one knew the wiser...

This is a vegan chocolate cake with vegan buttercream frosting (yum!).  
It's a robot/rocket...or so I'm told.

We ate chinese food for dinner (vegetable chow mian, veggie spring rolls, & assorted vegetables), fruit, and birthday cake for dessert.  In the morning I made vegan pancakes with fresh fruit.  
I think all 6 boys were happy by the end of the sleepover...phew!

Chocolate Birthday Cake or Cupcakes (Vegan)
makes 1 large sheet cake (9"x 13") or 2 round (~8-9") cakes, 2" tall, or 24 cupcakes*


1 1/2 tsp. distilled white vinegar
1 1/2 C. non-dairy milk

3 C. all-purpose flour or cake flour
2 C. sugar (I prefer coconut palm or date sugar)
3/4 C. cocoa powder, unsweetened
2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 C. vegetable oil
1/4 C. unsweetened applesauce
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven 350F.  Grease and flour a 9" X 13" pan (or 2 round pans).  

2.  In small bowl, combine vinegar and milk.  Set aside to "curdle".
3.  In large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa, soda & salt.

4.  Mix in the oil, applesauce, vanilla and vinegar and milk mixture.

5.  Stir until smooth but do not over mix.

6.  Bake 25-30 minutes*, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

7.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.

*Adjust the baking time to 20 minutes for cupcakes.

Vegan Buttercream Frosting
makes enough for 1 large sheet cake (9"x 13") or 2 round (~8-9") cakes, 1 1/2" tall, or 12 cupcakes*

3 C. confectioner's sugar
1/2 C. Earth Balance butter, room temperature (or non-dairy butter)
1/4 C. almond or soy milk, regular or vanilla flavor
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1.  Beat or mix above together until fluffy and smooth.  *Add colorings to your desire (see below)

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
makes enough for 1 large sheet cake (9"x 13") or 2 round (~8-9") cakes, 1 1/2" tall, or 12 cupcakes*

Use the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe above and mix in 1 1/2-2 Tb. cocoa powder until smooth.  Add a bit more for a more chocolatey flavor.  Add a splash more milk as needed for proper consistency.

Happy (BirthdayBaking!

Food Coloring & Dyes

*These dyes are from India Tree.  Find them at Whole Foods, natural or health food stores or order online.  They are expensive, but will last you forever.  Plus, you're buying health when you purchase these kinds of things so in my mind, it's definitely worth it.  With the three primary colors in the pack, you can make any color of the rainbow!  All of the dyes they use are from edible plants. (I'm not affiliated, just a fan!) 

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