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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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Vanilla Ginger Latte Recipe

January 16, 2012

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This was the perfect warm drink recipe for a cold winter day in Michigan – but I suspect it tastes just as good in warmer regions, too! I created this recipe when I needed a little spin on my go-to favorite drink: the vanilla latte. All it takes is a bit of ground ginger to give this drink a kick!

Serves two.


– 4 ounces brewed espresso or strongly brewed dark roast coffee

– 1/2 cup milk, soy milk, or other milk subsitute

– 1/4 cup water

– 1/4 cup sugar

– 2 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/4 tsp ground ginger


Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring often.

When syrup has reached a rolling boil, add vanilla and ginger, continuing to stir.

Let mixture boil for another minute – this allows the alcohol in the extract to burn off. Remove from heat

Brew your espresso or strong coffee. Steam and froth milk or milk substitute. Pour espresso into a mug, followed by syrup, then milk

Spoon the leftover foam onto the top of the drink. Enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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indie pretty projects orange sherbert recipe

While summer is winding down, there’s no better sweet treat than a frosty dish of orange sherbert. I was so delighted when I learned just how easy it is to make orange sherbert at home – and I’m willing to bet most of you already have these ingredients in your refrigerator and cupboard!


2 cups of orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

1 tsp ground ginger

2 tsp vanilla extract

6 oz sugar

1.5 cups whole milk


Place all ingredients besides milk in a food processor and blender, and blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour in whole milk, and blend again. If you have an ice cream maker, this is all you need to do – just follow the directions for your ice cream maker to create homemade sherbert. If you do not have an ice cream maker, keep reading! Pour your orange mixture into ice cube trays – this filled up three of my trays. Place into the freezer for about three hours, or until solid (the cubes will become solid, but remain a bit creamy). Try not to leave your cubes in the freezer for too long, or else ice crystals will begin to form, taking away from the sherbert’s creaminess. Next, remove from freezer, and scoop out the cubes with a fork or spoon (they probably won’t pop out of the trays like ice cubes, but they should scoop out fairly easily), and place in a food processor or blender. Process for about 2 minutes, in 30 second intervals. Every 30 seconds, scrape down the sides and keep blending. Use a scraper to pour into a bowl, and smooth the top over. Place back in the freezer – it should be ready to eat in 2-4 hours (depending on your freezer temperature!).

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Since Spring is just around the corner, it seems right to try out a frozen drink. Building off the Vanilla Bean Latte recipe is the Vanilla Frappuccino – a deliciously frozen blend of coffee, ice, and sweetness. Serves two.


2 cups crushed ice

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup vanilla syrup

6 oz chilled espresso for a bold flavor, or 1 cup chilled, double-strength coffee


I find it helps to crush the ice in a blender, first. Next, add the milk, vanilla syrup, and coffee. Blend on low speed just until it’s thoroughly mixed. Pour into two glasses, and top off with whipped cream, if you wish!

Want to try different flavors? Instead of milk, use 1/2 cup vanilla or chocolate silk (soy milk). For plain, coffee flavor with sweetness, switch the vanilla syrup for 1/4 cup of granulated sugar.

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