tag: icing

vegan chocolate chip cookie icing sandwiches

what do you get when you cross the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe with a scrumptious, light and creamy icing recipe?

the most delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie icing sandwich, of course!

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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!

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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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diy food dyes

July 11, 2011

Posted by in simple living

many of you might have heard about the recent debate over artificial food dyes. to sum up the issue, most artificial food dyes are toxic in nature and are derived from petroleum sourced bases. many have been found to be carcinogenic and have been linked to several disorders found in children. you can read more about the issue in the new york times and npr, but today- i want to discuss an alternative- DIY food dyes.


colorful inspiration by mommy makes

as i was baking a cake for a dear friend’s birthday yesterday, i was searching for an alternative to using artificial food dyes for the icing. after some quick research, i discovered many ways of coloring food, all naturally! for a beautiful deep pink icing, i simply heated up some frozen cherries i had and used the juice to whip into my white icing. it worked wonderfully- and tasted good, too! here are several other ways you can color your foods, naturally.

– beet juice
– cherry juice
– raspberry juice
– juiced cranberries
– pomegranate juice
– paprika powder

– avocado (smash with a fork, then stir into icing)
– juiced kale or spinach

purple & blue
– juiced blueberries
– blackberries
– acai juice
– grape juice

yellow & orange
– juiced yellow bell pepper
– juiced carrots
– turmeric powder

– coffee powder
– cocoa powder

have you made your own food dye before? please share with us any advice!

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