11 December 2013

vanilla cake with raw avocado frosting

since starting up my little bakeshop, i've done several cakes and cupcakes for 1st birthday orders - although there isn't a massive vegan contingency up here in sudbury, there are many families and little ones with dairy and egg sensitivities and so a vegan cake can answer their needs too.  when planning for woodrow's 1st birthday cake i wanted to keep it free of granulated sugar {even though i use organic cane sugar in my cakes}, so did a spin on my maple-agave cake and then made a sweet green avocado whip to top it.  layered on top of that of course were 2 of woodrow's favourite fruits: kiwi & blueberries.

one recipe yeilded me a mini 4" cake for the bubs and a 2-layer 6" cake for the grown ups.  i have to say that these photos don't really do it justice, but i was a little strapped for time to get it thrown together, snap a photo or two and get both woodrow and myself dressed to welcome our family for cake and presents.




i was so excited to see woodrow dig in to his cake as i've seen other little ones do, but he seemed a little suspicious of the whole thing... he gave it a little poke, picked off some kiwi and called it a day.  next time, i think he'll be just as happy {if not more so} with a big bowl of fruit!



vanilla cake with raw avocado frosting based on this agave & maple sweetened cake with coconut frosting
makes one 2-layer cake

3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
2/3 cup agave nectar
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt 

preheat your oven to 325f.  lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside.  whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two.  to it add the oil & agave and mix.  sift in the dry ingredients and whisk until incorporated and no lumps remain.  divide the batter between the cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 30-40 minutes.  cakes will be done when golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  once cakes are completely cooled, remove from the cake pans and assemble with avocado frosting.

raw avocado frosting
makes 1 1/2 - 2 cups of frosting depending on the size of the avocados 

2 large ripe avocados
1/2 lime
2 tbsp agave nectar + more to taste (use raw agave to keep it raw if desired)

scoop out the flesh of the avocados in a food processor fitted with the "s" blade and add a big squeeze of fresh lime and 1 tablespoon of the agave.  process until smooth and whipped up, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.  taste the frosting (yum!) and add more agave until you achieve the desired sweetness.  spread half of the frosting onto one of the cakes, then place the other cake on top and top with the remaining avocado frosting.  the lime juice will help to preserve the green colour, but not for too long, so best to make the frosting and assemble it soon before you intend to serve it.



agave & maple sweetened vanilla cake
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

preheat your oven to 350f.  lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside.  whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two.  add in the oil & sweeteners and mix well.  sift in the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and until no lumps remain.  divide the batter between your cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 25-40 minutes.  cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the size of cake pans you use.  so keep an eye on them and take them out once the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  once cakes are completely cooled, ice them with coconut frosting. - See more at: http://cupcakesandkale.blogspot.ca/2012/06/agave-maple-sweetened-vanilla-cake.html#sthash.DgzmxCQx.dpuf
agave & maple sweetened vanilla cake
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

preheat your oven to 350f.  lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside.  whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two.  add in the oil & sweeteners and mix well.  sift in the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and until no lumps remain.  divide the batter between your cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 25-40 minutes.  cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the size of cake pans you use.  so keep an eye on them and take them out once the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  once cakes are completely cooled, ice them with coconut frosting. - See more at: http://cupcakesandkale.blogspot.ca/2012/06/agave-maple-sweetened-vanilla-cake.html#sthash.DgzmxCQx.dpuf
agave & maple sweetened vanilla cake
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

preheat your oven to 350f.  lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside.  whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two.  add in the oil & sweeteners and mix well.  sift in the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and until no lumps remain.  divide the batter between your cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 25-40 minutes.  cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the size of cake pans you use.  so keep an eye on them and take them out once the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  once cakes are completely cooled, ice them with coconut frosting. - See more at: http://cupcakesandkale.blogspot.ca/2012/06/agave-maple-sweetened-vanilla-cake.html#sthash.DgzmxCQx.dpuf
agave & maple sweetened vanilla cake
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

preheat your oven to 350f.  lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside.  whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two.  add in the oil & sweeteners and mix well.  sift in the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and until no lumps remain.  divide the batter between your cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 25-40 minutes.  cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the size of cake pans you use.  so keep an eye on them and take them out once the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  once cakes are completely cooled, ice them with coconut frosting. - See more at: http://cupcakesandkale.blogspot.ca/2012/06/agave-maple-sweetened-vanilla-cake.html#sthash.DgzmxCQx.dpuf
agave & maple sweetened vanilla cake
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp fine sea salt

preheat your oven to 350f.  lightly grease & flour 2 6" cake pans and set aside.  whisk together the almond milk and vinegar and leave it to curdle a minute or two.  add in the oil & sweeteners and mix well.  sift in the dry ingredients and mix to incorporate and until no lumps remain.  divide the batter between your cake pans and place them in the oven to bake for 25-40 minutes.  cooking time will vary depending on your oven, the size of cake pans you use.  so keep an eye on them and take them out once the tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  once cakes are completely cooled, ice them with coconut frosting. - See more at: http://cupcakesandkale.blogspot.ca/2012/06/agave-maple-sweetened-vanilla-cake.html#sthash.DgzmxCQx.dpuf

2 comments:

  1. this cake is the sweetest! i love that he would have been just as (or more!) happy with a bowl of fruit. you're doing a good job, mama ;)

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  2. Oh so cute! I'd happily eat a bowl of that pudding. I'm sure in a couple of years he'll be much more excited about the prospect of cake ;)

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