Yummy Vegan Recipes

Linda asks…

what is your favorite super yummy vegan recipe?

i’m fairly new to veganism and my son and i are the only vegans i know. i love cooking and trying new things so any suggestions? desserts, main dishes, sides, whatever your fav is :) thank you so much, can’t wait to try them :D

yummy answers:

I have a cake recipe that I love. I made this as my wedding cake and I’ve been using it for birthdays and special occasions ever since (7 years). Enjoy!

VANILLA CAKE
(Serves 8)

Here’s a simple white cake recipe.
• 1/2 cup soft soy margarine
• 2-3/4 cups all-purpose white flour
• 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
• 1/4 cup water
• 3/4 cup soy milk
• 1/2 cup water
• 1-3/4 cups sugar
• 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Spray two round 8″ x 1-2/3″ pans with Pam, or lightly oil and flour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. Mix Egg Replacer and 1/4 cup water and set aside. Mix soy milk and 1/2 cup water, and set aside.

In large bowl of electric mixer, beat soy margarine until it is creamy, about a minute. Gradually add sugar until well creamed. Beat in vanilla. Add mixed dry ingredients and mixed soy milk/water alternately to creamed margarine, sugar, and vanilla, beating after each addition. Begin and end with flour mixture. (Add flour in 4 steps, liquids in three.) Add mixed Ener-G along with the third addition of liquid. Turn evenly into pans.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until done (wooden pick inserted into cake comes out clean). Remove from oven and let cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool on rack until cold. Frost as desired.

Here are some ways to make it a little different:

Spice cake:

Mix the following in with the dry ingredients before you stir everything together:

1 tsp cinnamon (or more)
1/2 tsp ground cloves (or more)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (or more)
Replace half the white sugar in the recipe with brown sugar

Fruit cake:

Take a bag of your favorite frozen fruit (such as strawberries or raspberries). Let them thaw in a colander over a bowl. As they thaw, the juice will will drain into the bowl. Mix the juice into the cake batter (this not only tastes great, but adds a nice color to the cake). Once the batter has been poured into the cake pan, sprinkle some of the drained fruit on top. The fruit will sink a little as the cake bakes, but generally not far enough to burn on the bottom of the pan (which will happen if you stir the fruit into the batter, rather than sprinkling on top).

Alternately, you can just add the fruit in between cake layers instead of using frosting, if you’re making a layer cake.

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