We have had lots of celebrating going on lately. Miles birthday, Reno’s summertime birthday celebration at school, Fathers Day..BBQ’s..etc…I’ve been baking a lot of desserts for all these events. First up was my son’s 2nd birthday. We packed our backyard with family and friends. I was originally going to make cupcakes and then quickly realized I’d have to make 4 dozen of them. Then realized that most of the time the kids just lick off the frosting and leave the cupcake behind. I didn’t want that experience! I decided to make a double batch of my Double Chocolate Brownies and then got the idea to make a Brownie Ice Cream Sundae bar. My sister was kind enough to stop at the store and pick us up some vegan ice creams. It was hugely popular and I’ve decided to do this for all hot weather parties. Since this was a last minute idea all there was were my brownies, ice cream and berries. Next time I’ll have other toppings and whipped cream available.
Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes
For my daughters summertime birthday celebration at school I made 2 dozen Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. I love this recipe and it alway’s goes over well with kids and parents because the cake isn’t too sickening sweet. I piped the buttercream on top after it was in the carry case to make less of a mess and was lucky to find some hot pink sprinkles in the spice cabinet. According to my daughter a few of her friends wanted seconds, some kids didn’t want them at all and I’m sure some just licked the frosting. C’est la vie.
For the record..my daughter ate 3 of them.
Double Dare Peanut Butter Cake
Peter’s cousin was kind enough to invite the whole family over for a BBQ last weekend. She saw the peanut butter cake I made from Robin Robertson’s Nut Butter Universe book and asked if I would make it for her party. I jumped at the chance to make it again. Its so easy and everyone loved it the first time I made it. The pic above is the same as in the review post. I was so embarrassed with how the second cake looked! The piping bag dropped on the cake and the piped border started melting…it was hot mess but it was still delicious. His whole family really enjoyed it though and they thought it looked nice. I’m sure I’ll be making this cake again soon.
Father’s Day BBQ
Our last celebration was Father’s Day and I again made my brownies. Instead of talking about them I’ll show you our feast. My sister made some of the best grilled vegetables I’ve ever had. She didn’t do anything special with them at all and they were amazing! My mom was kind enough to set aside some macaroni salad and potato salad before she put mayo on them. I was then able to add some vegan mayo and enjoy the salads along with everyone else. (she even put the macaroni salad aside before she added peas to it! she knows me well!) My mom’s famous doctored baked beans were served also. You can find a recipe for the baked beans right here on the site.
We have many other events and holidays to celebrate over the summer months..I’ll be very busy baking for them!
Last week my friend Dianne aka VeggieGirl headed into NYC to attend a book signing for Chloe Coscarelli’s new vegan dessert book. It was held at the Natural Gourmet. It was weird sitting in the same room that I took my cooking exams in when I was a student in their Chef’s Training Program. The small space was packed. We were lucky to get a seat right up front. Chloe came in. Answered some questions. Gave away a few gift bags (I WON ONE OF THEM!) and then signed some books. We got to nibble on some recipes from her new book. The donut was my favorite! I can’t wait to get to my hands dirty baking from this new book. Everything looks wonderful.
Thai Chicken Wrap, Butterfinger Shake
Before the book signing we went straight to Terri, which is a few blocks away from the school. Dianne and I both chose the Thai Chicken Wrap which is made with vegan chicken, mixed peppers and a peanut sauce. The peanut sauce was really good but had a slow burn to it. It didn’t notice it until you were halfway done. I kinda like when that happens. Dianne was smart and bought a pressed juice to drink. I was crazy and ordered my favorite Butterfinger Shake. I ended up tossing it on the way to the signing. It was too cold out to be drinking a milkshake! I’ll just wait until it warms up again before ordering one again.
Tickets to a show!
On Friday I had tickets to see Eddie Izzard in NYC. VeggieGirl and VeggieGuy were going and my husband and I were suppose to go. Peter ended up staying home with the kids because of the rare occasion that we didn’t have family members available to watch the kids. I ended up bringing my sister with me which worked out for the best anyway since she is a much bigger Eddie Izzard fan then my husband is. It was a tiny theater and it was amazing. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen him and the 1st in such a small setting. It was definitely the best show of his I’ve been to.
Coconut Lemon Bundt
This is my 3rd of 52 desserts/baked goods project* this year. My kids love digging around in the kitchen cabinets and one of them unearthed this awesome yellow bundt pan that I forgot I had. I’m pretty sure it’s my mothers but I’ll be keeping it up by me forever. :)
Reno and I are huge fans of lemon cakes so that was our obvious flavor when deciding what to make next. I’m already a fan of Meet The Shannon’s Tuscan Lemon Cake after making it myself and eating it at many potlucks. I leafed through some cookbooks and settled on Veganomicon’s Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake.
It’s a great recipe. It bakes up beautifully and has the perfect balance of lemon and coconut. Everyone who tried it had nothing but praise for it and all hope I make it again. Reno didn’t care for it. I think the texture of the coconut threw her off. My only problem with the whole process was getting it out of the pan which has nothing to do with the recipe. We oiled that bundt pan up like crazy and as you can see some of the top stayed in the bundt pan. Lesson learned…oil and flour the bundt pan next time!
*Yes this is the 3rd thing I’ve baked and it’s already the middle of February. I’m a bit behind, as usual, and am looking forward to doubling up on the baking/dessert front these next few weeks. Expect to see a bunch of Gluten Free desserts (and food) for a bit. We think our daughter is having trouble with consuming gluten and have taken it out of her diet. She’s doing great without it! Less screaming about bellyaches and she’s eating much healthier. It’s a win-win. She’s been asking for corn bread so expect to see a post on that soon!
Flourless Chocolate Cake w. Chocolate-Coconut Ice Cream
This is my Daring Bakers challenge for the month of February. I forgot to tell the lovely people of DB’s that I moved my site so I had to post over at B36 Kitchen. So I hope this is the only time I tell you to head over there and check it out.
The February 2009 challenge is hosted by Wendy of WMPE’s blog and Dharm of Dad ~ Baker & Chef.
We have chosen a Chocolate Valentino cake by Chef Wan; a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Dharm and a Vanilla Ice Cream recipe from Wendy as the challenge.