Chocolate Carrot Cake

I made this cake for my mother-in-law’s 78th birthday. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect – would it taste more like chocolate cake? Carrot cake? What would the pineapple do to the flavour? In the end, the verdict is that it tastes as it’s called. A chocolate (pause) Carrot Cake. It’s moist, dense, cakey,…

Coffee Cake

Grandma Donna made this a few times for me when I was a kid and I just loved it. I always wanted her to make it again when I went to visit. Ingredients 1/2 cup Earth balance 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup sour supreme or soy yogurt 2 cups…

Sourdough Pancakes

These are a special occasion pancake in our house because of the forethought that needs to go into making them. You need at least 4 days lead time unless you have sourdough starter around, in which case, this is a great recipe to make use of the discard. Ingredients 1 cup sourdough starter 2 cups…

Ice Cream Cake

This was a really fun project for a friend’s 40th birthday party. I had asked her partner what kind of cake I should make and all I got back was “she really liked your brownies.” So I knew I needed to find a way to incorporate brownies into a cake. Since taking on a plant-based…

Brownies

Simple and delicious! These would be perfect served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Ingredients 3/4 cup Earth Balance 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 3/4 cup flour 1 cup walnuts, chopped 3 tbsp cocoa powder 3 eggs 1 1/2 tsp vanilla Yield: 9 large squares Preheat oven to 350o. Cream the Earth balance…

Date Bread

This was a delightful departure from typical quick breads. Moist, dense, and delicious toasted with a bit of Earth balance. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups dates 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 1/2 cup boiling water 3 tbsp Earth Balance 1 cup brown sugar 2 cups flour 2 egg well beaten 1/2-3/4 cup chopped walnuts Yield:…

(No) Butter Sponge Cake

This recipe makes a great base for a sponge strawberry shortcake. Ingredients 2 eggs ¼ tsp salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup soy milk 1 tbsp Earth balance 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking powder Yield: 10 servings Preheat oven to 350o. Grease and line an 8” cake pan or spring…

Strawberry Shortcake (Sponge)

Somewhere in the early 20th century, the biscuit version of shortcake became less popular in North America and many came to know strawberry shortcake instead to mean a small sponge cake topped with whipped cream and strawberries even though sponge cake is not a shortcake at all! To create the sponge version, prepare a double…

Strawberry Shortcake (Traditional)

These are deceptively delicious! They are similar to a tea biscuit or scone and the perfect base for soaking up strawberry juice and whipped cream. Ingredients 2 cups flour 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 2/3 cup Earth Balance 1 cup soy milk Yield: 10-12 biscuits. Preheat oven to…

Zucchini or Carrot Bread

I used carrots and was very happy with the results. The dates are really delicious in this quick bread but if you don’t have any around, raisins would substitute just fine. The recipe calls for a lot of maple syrup which ends up making this a very expensive treat. I might fiddle with the recipe…