>> Monday, September 13, 2010
Level of Difficulty: Some assembly required!
Pots/Pans Used: two-ish
So it looks fancy, but it's actually really easy. I figured this would be a good post for anyone going to a party that wants to bring something impressive. Whenever I go to a party where I'm asked to bring something vegan (usually because there will be very few vegans there and they want to make sure I'll be able to eat something) I admittedly like to go all out. I see it as an opportunity to break the stereotype that vegan food can only be cardboard. So, if you have something coming up, offer to bring the cake and then show up with this! They'll think you slaved over it when in reality it takes minimal effort.
So this isn't my original recipe, but you can find it here. If anything, this is more of a cake decorating tips post. The original measurements were for a loaf pan, so the only thing you need to change is to double all the measurements so that it fits perfectly into two basic 9" round cake pans. While the cakes are in the oven, you can start making the chocolate covered strawberries. I used baker's chocolate to melt but you can use chocolate chips or whatever else you can come up with. Place the chocolate-covered strawberries on wax paper and set them in the fridge to set up.
Once the cakes have cooled, layer the cakes on top of each other so that you can trim some off the top tier until it's the desired size. Cut each layer lengthwise down the center. Spread some frosting on one side and add some sliced strawberries. Top it with the other half. Do the same thing to the top tier. This helps to infuse some strawberry flavor into the chocolate cake and add another texture. Frost the cakes (which in my opinion is probably the hardest part... it never looks perfect!! But don't worry, Once you're done decorating, you won't notice any frosting mistakes). Then all you do is pile on the chocolate-covered strawberries how you see fit and sprinkle on some chocolate shavings.
On a more personal note, I specifically made this cake for my best friend of almost fifteen years, Ms. Tess Bath who is moving to New York. Any of you NY followers, feel free to say 'hi' if you see her out and about since I cant anymore (tear). She'll be the mega-hottie with the hot pink backpack. Now I'm going to get a little sentimental and share some BFF moments with you. I know I don't usually put up personal pictures, but I know I always like it when people do that on other vegan blogs I read so I figured why not...
Good luck in New York, Tesser!!! <3 xoxoxo