Vegan Pistachio Rosewater Cardamom Cake

Pretty much all I can say is that this is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. Hands down. It’s pretty, elegant, girly, moist, lightly spiced, nutty, flowery… I could go on and on. The frosting came out PERFECTLY, better than any other time I had made it. No problems what so ever. For a while I was a little skeptical about making this cake (or cupcakes) because it sounded so odd. Rosewater? The ingredient that I enjoy most in my night cream, facial toner, and other hygienic products? I wasn’t sure how I would like the taste. But, as always, just like other liquids and alcohols that one incorporates into baking, it cooks off and gives it the greatest flavor. This would go so, so well with an Indian or Persian feast of some sort, but a mug full of spicy chai and some soy milk on the side works just as well. I made this for a co-worker of mine’s 17th birthday, which she really enjoyed, and that made me the happiest. I’m telling you, all I want to do is bake mini birthday cakes! All the time! Well, at least most of the time. I don’t think I would enjoy it as much if it were my job. That’s why it’s on the side…

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Vegan S’mores Cake

About a week ago, I finally scored myself a pair of 6-inch cake pans at the local cooking ware store. I’d looked high and low online and they were no where to be found! It just so happened I felt the gravitational pull into the store that one particular afternoon, and wah-lah! there they were. I’d seen some inspiration around on the web recently about making VCTOTW recipes into cakes using two 6″ pans, instead of having to double the recipe to fit into two 8″ or 9″ pans. My creative juices started flowing thinking of all the variations I wanted to create, having one big (or teensy) cake to decorate instead of 12 little individual ones. The first cake I decided to make was from the S’mores Cupcake recipe. And it turned out quite well. My only complaint was that it was way too sugary for my liking and maybe a bit too oily. The brown sugar and molasses kind of did me in, but all in all, the whole cake idea was successful. It didn’t really taste like “s’mores”, because there wasn’t enough chocolate, and the frosting wasn’t as fluffy and marshmallow-y as I would have expected it to be. But it’s still a great idea, and the vegans I fed it to seemed to like it.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Ok, just a warning, what you are about to encounter is pretty much the most amazing chocolate peanut butter cake you’ll ever be able to make in the universe. Pretty much this is THE chocolate peanut butter cake I’ve always dreamt of making, creating, and eating.

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