Saturday, March 11, 2006

cake and cupcake porn

I am actually sick of cake today. Truth be told, I've had maybe a slice and a half, but I've helped make many more. I volunteered to make a cake for the cake-decorating workshop at the Microcosm Publishing 10th Anniversary Party, as Webly (amazing and creative in the kitchen) was teaching the class and I thought I'd try to help out. The one cake I was making beforehand became three cakes (I couldn't hold resist) and an extra small cake and cupcakes at home (which I had a grand time decorating). All in all, 11 full cakes (some two or three layer) were made for the birthday party.

(From top left corner) Chocolate Coffee cake and Vanilla Coffee cake with Coffee-Cinnamon buttercream, chocolate cake and raspberry tea cake (and another tea flavor I forget? it was three-layered), chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and a candy-sprayed stencil, (bottom left) marble vanilla-chocolate cake and chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, coconut cake and coconut-rum-orange marmalade cake with coconut frosting, classy peach-vanilla cake! (To note * this was mostly Webly, myself, Joanna and volunteers~)

Also pictured below: chai cake, orange/lemon/olive oil & almond 'Italian' cake, carrot cake with icing and strawberries, triple layer cake with side candles - vanilla/almond flavored cake with chocolate and sliced almond marble, chocolate cake (Candle Cafe recipe that I will actually post) and vanilla cake layer.
Almond/Vanilla/Chocolate marble (adapted from the fluffy white cupcake recipe on the vegan lunch box blog)My favorite of the bunch: the coconut layer cake~

Coffee cake with chocolate ganache and coffee beans ~
This cake has a strong citrus flavor since whole peels go into the batter (certainly used organic fruit here). I veganized an original recipe that originally called for 4 eggs - I first made this last summer and I'm glad I had an excuse to make it again. I'm taking the smaller version to work on Monday, and *maybe* some cupcakes if I don't see my friends till then.
This is the Almond Marble, Candle Cafe chocolate & vanilla layer cake. The layers were frosted with leftover coffee cinnamon buttercream and chocolate chips and a demo-class volunteer decorated the top (canned chocolate frosting indeed). I put the candles on the side for good measure. It was this baby and the actual vanilla/chocolate coffee cake that seemed to be the favorites (a slice or two left each) when I departed.
Leftover batter at my house = cupcakes! Leftover batter from the chocolate part of the almond marble cake and the Candle Cafe chocolate cake. I used a cinnamon-almond buttercream and a vanilla-raspberry pink buttercream as well.
Frosting courtesy of Earth balance buttery sticks. I finally bought them and I'm pleased (although aren't they the same exact thing as the tubs?). Have you met Thomas?

9 comments:

Carrie™ said...

All I can say is YUM!

Dreena said...

WOW!!! Your blog looks like a vegan bakery! Very creative combinations of cakes and frostings, too. As I said WOW!!!

EatPeacePlease said...

I have to say this is the most cakes I have ever seen at once (not for sale at a store) and they look super-fun and I love how creative you all got with flavors and decorating. That seems like my ultimate fun, especially using someone else's oven!

Why are the E.B. sticks different than the tubs, although I have never looked for/seen the sticks. What's up with them being different? My favorite cake is the colorful layered one with the chocolate chips lining and the candles sticking out.

Webly said...

eeeewwwwwww, cake!

I am SO over cake!

vegancore said...

Holy mother of cake! That's amazing.

Harmonia said...

AHHHH! :)

OMG! You rock! So, how long until they get here? LOL

Danielle said...

Wow! You should open a bakery! Maybe Sticky Fingers needs a West Coast branch.

amygeekgrl said...

amazing cakes! gosh girl, you are talented!

Webly said...

I remembered what that last cake in the oven was for. It was to dip in chocolate and roll in coconut. We were both too tired at that point though!