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Archive for April, 2009

Giant Walnut Whip Cake

It’s my Granda’s birthday tomorrow and I’m in the habit of making cake presents for people. One of his favourite sweets is a Nestle Walnut Whip so I veganised the ingredients and hey presto!

Its vanilla cake with a cavern of vegan whipped cream and walnuts in the centre. Topped with Vegan Chocolate Ganache and of course, more walnuts.


Daring Bakers April Challenge: “Cheese” cake!

The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge.

I decided to go all out on this challenge and make everything from scratch. I ended up with an Orange and Dragonfruit Vegan Cheesecake with Strawberry Lime Sorbet.

I started with the graham crackers and baked these with wheatgerm, gram flour, free from white flour and soy marg. These then got crumbled with some fruit sugar and pineapple huice to make the crust.

My “cheese” part was made from silken tofu, avocado, soy marg, lemon and orange juice, lemon and orange zest, fruit sugar and arrowroot. I whizzed this mixture and set the microwave to low and cooked until thickened. It took me a while to get to this recipe and I tried many other variations before hand including: gram flour cheese cake, tofu and nutritional yeast etc. But found the simplest to be the most effective.

My topping was made from dragon fruit and pure fruit orange spread. I simmered this with some fruit sugar and left the lot to set overnight. My sorbet was a combination of fizzy water, fruit sugar, strawberries, lime and bicarb of soda. Today I ate some. Oh how I smiled.

80th Birthday Cake

This is my first official piece of business for my cake making enterprise. I was asked to make a straight forward square cake for an eightieth birthday. The cake is made from vegan sponge and filled with raspberry and pomegranate spread. As far as I know, it was well received!!