archive: May, 2012

vegan birthday cake recipe

i wish you could have seen me make this cake. i was covered in flour, listening to loud music and dancing around, jittered out on all the icing i had consumed. even toaster had flour on his head! anyways, i’ve been looking for just the right vegan birthday cake recipe, and i’ve finally found it. it turned out moist, fluffy and oh, so sweet!

pssst! digging that little bunting banner? find the diy here!

vegan birthday cake recipe

cake recipe

- adapted from my vegan cookbook:


2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup organic sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup water
2 tbs earth balance butter
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
1 tsp lemon juice

*this makes just enough for one layer. for the above cake, i made this recipe 3 times, once for each round cake layer (don’t try to double it!).

vegan birthday cake recipe


preheat the oven to 350 degrees. combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl (flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder) and mix together.

in a seperate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (water, earth balance, coconut oil, vanilla, lemon juice) and mix together.

slowly pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredints and mix slowly until it is well combined. a few little lumps will remain.

pour the batter into a lightly greased cake pan and bake for 25-30 mintues, or until a knife can be inserted into the middle and come out clean.

remove and let cool for at least 30 minutes before icing.

icing recipe

- adapted from oh she glows:


1/2 cup earth balance butter, at room temperature
3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
2 tbsp coconut creamer

vegan birthday cake recipe


place the 1/2 cup earth balance butter in a mixing bowl, and beat on high as you gradually add in the coconut creamer, vanilla extract and salt. continue to mix for 3-4 minutes. as it continues to beat, slowly start adding your 3 cups of sifted confectioners sugar. beat on high for another 5-10 mintues to achieve a really fluffy, smooth texture.

*note, i made this recipe 3 times to cover the above cake.

vegan birthday cake recipe

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Posted by in point and shoot

this is my week told pictorially. if you’re new to point and shoot, you can catch up here! :)

bonnie christine (1)

bonnie christine (2)

bonnie christine (3)

vegan birthday cake!

bonnie christine (4)

church online. :)

bonnie christine (5)

window gazing.

bonnie christine (6)

party animal.

bonnie christine (7)

basil cantaloup fresca and grapefruit lemonadeyum.

love, bonnie

do you have any favorite photos from your life this week?

instagram this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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diy cake bunting (1)

this past weekend, i celebrated a dear friend’s birthday, and with the addition of this bunting banner, we had quite the pennant party! i thought this simple miniature cake bunting might be something you’d like to play around with. it’s cute on cakes, atop presents and even stuck in planters! here’s how i made it:

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pssst! check back tomorrow for a recipe for this amazing cake – it’s vegan!

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father’s day cards

May 30, 2012

Posted by in handmade

father’s day is just around the corner (sunday, june 17th!), so it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll gift your dad (to help, see yesterday’s father’s day gift guide!). i always like to make my dad laugh (could there be a more comforting sound?), so here are a few of my favorite handmade cards. beware, some are hilariously inappropriate! but don’t worry, i’ve included some serious ones, as well. ;)

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handmade father's day cards (2)

handmade father's day cards (4)

handmade father's day cards (5)

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

what are you giving your old man this year?

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diy bunting (2)

i’ve been wanting to make my own bunting banner ever since they became popular (so what is that.. like 2 years?), and this weekend i finally made it happen! it only took a couple of hours, and now i have several yards of bunting to pull out for birthdays, craft shows and special occasions. i’m sure there are tutorials all over the web, but this is just how i went about it. i also left the edges unfinished intentionally, so that as they fray the banner will get a vintage, shabby chic look. (you could also finish the flags and turn them before you insert them into your binding, using this same technique, if you prefer.)

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diy bunting banner

i think with the addition of a few clear globe lights ($12.99 from target), the space really feels cozy and romantic. hooray!

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Posted by in handmade

i’m pretty sure my dad is literally the hardest guy on earth to buy for. he pretty much just buys whatever he wants (which is not much) anyways, which leaves us stumped every year. anyways, i hope your dad is easier to buy for, and maybe this little gift guide will help! (love you, daddy!)

handmade father's day gifts

pssst. don’t miss tomorrow’s post, on handmade cards for father’s day!

1: vintage polaroid camera – $58
2: personalized money clip – $27
3: custom quote – $16.50
4: dinosaur planter – $20
5: men’s loop scarf – $99
6: men’s messenger bag – $144
7: iphone stand – $17
8: retro tv ipad dock – $60
9: organic soap – $21.95 CAD
10: rustic mug – $32

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dinner ideas 5.25.12

May 25, 2012

Posted by in dinner ideas

vegan dinner ideas

hello, sweet peas! this week, our csa box included: beets, snap peas, lettuce, parsley, carrots, leeks, kale, rainbow chard, strawberries and spinach. boy, do i love spring veggies! we had somewhat of a light menu this week, but definately found a few new favorites. hint: be looking for these veggies at your store or farmers market- they’ll have most likely traveled less distance to get to you!

monday: lemon dill tofu with jewel toned pancakes
tuesday: spinach spanakopita with roasted carrots (triangle style)
: lentil walnut loaf with roasted asparagus and grilled peppers
layered eggplant and zucchini casserole
collard green enchiladas

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

follow this foodie we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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a vintage summer

May 25, 2012

Posted by in photography

Brooke Schmidt

when i saw brooke schmidt’s photography, i instantly knew that we had kindred spirits. she sees beauty in all things great and small, and turns to nature for inspiration and joy. here’s a little excerpt from brooke in her own words,

“When I walk, I look for birds’ eggshells and snakeskins and feathers. I collect pyrex, painted japanese teapots, hand-carved wooden animals and embroideries of birds. I listen to books on cd read by british readers.  At night I often find myself walking outside to check on the stars. I keep lists of the books I read, bake often, and grow hops, beets, lavender and nutmeg thyme in our garden, among the flowers.”

brooke’s work and words take me to a simpler time, to a vintage summery day where the breeze is warm and the flowers are blooming. i’ll meet you over at her shop and beautiful blog!

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