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Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake (original recipe from the NY Times)

Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake (photograph by Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times article

One of my favorite things to do is read cookbooks and recipes as well as watch food television shows, all of which provide me with incredible inspiration and creative challenges, most especially when the recipe is not a 100% plant-based recipe.

In addition, friends and loved ones are constantly sending me recipes that they stumble upon. My partner’s daughter, Erika, forwarded this amazing recipe for a blood orange olive oil cake.  It was on the web, and although I’m not sure exactly when it was published, it was from the NY Times.  Ah, butter, buttermilk or yogurt, eggs, honey, whipped cream — ingredients called for in abundance in the original recipe as published in the NY Times By Melissa Clark.  I knew I had to immediately veganify this recipe; and have to tell you that the results were stellar. Continue reading Blood Orange Olive Oil Cake (original recipe from the NY Times)

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 4 – The Frosting & Coconut

The Creamy Sweetness otherwise known as "Frosting"
The Creamy Sweetness…otherwise known as “Frosting”

Now for the frosting…that creamy sweet topping that envelopes the cake, in all its lusciousness… Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 4 – The Frosting & Coconut

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 3 – The Custard

November is World Vegan Month
November is World Vegan Month

What would a layer cake be without a custard filling? Since our cake is a Limoncello Coconut Cake, we’ll follow that theme through all components of this dessert. Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 3 – The Custard

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 2 – The Cake

November is World Vegan Month
November is World Vegan Month

Ah, now….what to do with the limoncello…why, make a limoncello coconut cake. My original cake recipe was for a white cake with a custard filling and buttercream icing. The Limoncello Coconut Cake Series Parts 2-4 will give you my non-vegan original recipes followed by my transformed and improved vegan recipes, taking creative license with all of them. My hope is that you’ll read these recipes, and that they will inspire you and provide you with guidance regarding how to do the same with your heirloom recipes.

Limoncello Coconut Cake
Limoncello Coconut Cake

Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 2 – The Cake

Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 1 – The Limoncello

November is World Vegan Month
November is World Vegan Month

In keeping with the theme of celebrating World Vegan Month with a daily post instead of my typical weekly Tuesday posts and in going to the roots of Veganification, which is celebrating the journey of becoming and being vegan, I thought that I’d take you through the journey of veganifying one of my old stand-by recipes. The original recipe was my standard white layer cake with vanilla pudding and buttercream frosting. Starting today, and over the next four days, I’ll walk you through how I transformed my non-vegan set of recipes into the most incredible (hope it’s okay for me to tout my own horn on this one) Limoncello Cake that will impress anyone and everyone.

Limoncello Coconut Cake
Limoncello Coconut Cake

Continue reading Limoncello Coconut Cake Series – Part 1 – The Limoncello

Holiday Fruit Cake (Not Your Typical Re-Gifted or Door Stop Fruit Cake)

Fruitcakes cooling and awaiting their first maceration
Fruitcakes cooling and awaiting their first maceration

Fruitcake Mis-En-Place

I know what you’re thinking….oh geez, a fruit cake!  Never!  Those hard-as-bricks, not-worthy-of-eating, fruitcakes.  The only thing a fruitcake is good for is a doorstop or a re-gift.  Who’s going to be the recipient of this re-gifted cake this year?

Trust me on this one….this recipe will turn your head and heart around 180 degrees .  You will become a fruitcake believer and aficionado.  Honest, you will.

Continue reading Holiday Fruit Cake (Not Your Typical Re-Gifted or Door Stop Fruit Cake)