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…

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…

(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…

Carrot Pineapple Cake

This was a moist-yet-light cake, perfect for a pick-me-up afternoon snack. I served this with sour cream frosting. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup cooking oil 2 eggs 1 cup finely shredded carrots 1/2 cup…

Rhubarb Cake

This is a light cake that would be perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup vegetable shortening 1 egg 1 cup sour soy milk 1 tsp vanilla 2 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups finely chopped fresh rhubarb 1/2 cup…

Ponderosa Cake

Adapted from UBC’s website. I used to love grabbing a piece of Ponderosa cake on my way between classes when I was doing my undergrad at UBC. The story goes that this marriage between chocolate chip banana bread and coffee cake was invented due to a banana surplus on campus and the instant hit was…

Fresh Apple Cake

This apple cake is moist and delicious. I’ve finished it with a brown sugar frosting in the photo. Ingredients 1 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup oil 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 cup flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 nutmeg 1/4 tsp salt 2 cups apples, pared and choppled 1/2 cup soy milk…

Oatmeal Raisin Cake

I don’t know what I was expecting when I decided to try this recipe  – it’s coffee cake’s oaty cousin. This would be a great afternoon cake if you have company coming to visit. Cake Ingredients 1 cup quick oats 1 cup boiling water 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar 2/3 cup oil 2 eggs…