Monday, March 31, 2008

Cakes

Strawberries. I love them. I saw them at the market last weekend and bought them - but they are such a tease. Early berries are never that great, let alone those sour California berries! I can't wait until Oregon's sweet berry season starts.

With that said, I was inspired by the berries and make this cake:


Vanilla cake with strawberry jam filling and strawberry frosting.
I made the strawberry frosting by mixing strawberry jam and powdered sugar with some earth balance.


I had so much fun decorating this cake I decided to make another, one of my favorite combinations - chocolate and mint!
The filling was simple - cashew cream and chocolate chips. I soaked the cashews over night, blended them with some soy milk, then blended in some melted chocolate chips. So simple and tastey!

This mint chocolate cake is by far the best cake I've made i at least a year. The pudding in the middle really made this cake rich. I can't wait to make this for my birthday.

Mr. Bolsh told me he'd eat this whole cake in a week so I didn't need to take it to work like I did with the strawberry one. Well, wednesday came and he hadn't even eaten half the cake. He complained that living with me is like living in Willy Wonka's Chocolate factory! He lives a tough life, it's true. So I took this cake to work and had rave reviews from my co-workers. I even recieved an email about it,
"Just wanted to share a testimonial of your cake. I have had a headache almost all day it seems, and I swear since I ate you cake, it’s gone. Apparently it’s not only delicious, it has healing properties!
Thanks for sharing it with us!"

Aother co-worker, after hearing of its medicinal properties said I should open shop next to St. Cupcake and start "Revival Cakes!"

23 comments:

Vegyogini said...

Are OR strawberries really sweeter than CA strawberries? That might explain why I can take or leave strawberries. Now, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, on the other hand, I ALWAYS want! The cakes look wonderful. :)

Carmen said...

Ooh I love cake with jam filling--I just love jam in general XD
I like the way you decorated the cake! Reading your entry makes me want to go bake something...
And the revival cakes idea is hilarious, and actually kinda awesome as well! XD

magpie said...

Oh yum. That cake is adorable! My roommate just came home with a case of strawberries ($6 for 8 of those little green boxes - pints, maybe?) and I've been hitting on them all day. We're in CA and yes, the strawberries are delicious here :)

pavotrouge said...

totally wow! I can't wait for the strawberry season here. can only get those expensive ones from Spain atm.

Kate said...

Oh my! I am in love with your cakes!

Courtney said...

Those cakes are so beautiful! Wow...I am impressed!

Courtney

Sam said...

I agree about the strawberries, I don't care where they come from, they always suck this time of year. But summer is on the way! The cakes look incredible. The chocolate mint one wouldn't last ten minutes in a room with me...

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, the cakes are so pretty! I just made "strawberry lemonade" cupcakes for an event & people were loving them.
The mint cake sounds FABULOUS. I never thought about cashew cream filling- sounds amazing!

VeganFabulous said...

wow....two cakes in one week! LUCKY!!!

Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...
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Wheeler's Frozen Dessert said...

Those cakes are beautiful! I love the colors.

VeggieGirl said...

GOOOOORGEOUS cakes!!

Pamela & Sarah said...

Please share the mint cake recipe! I promised myself no cakes for a few weeks...why are you doing this to me?

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Liz² said...

I love the cashew cream idea (so simple, yet so effective!). And if there's anything the world needs more of it's strawberry cake! so pretty.

Bianca said...

Those are beautiful! I've gotten stuck in a cupcake rut lately and I can't seem to pull myself out. I really, really need to make a layer cake!

Animal-Friendly said...

Those are such pretty cakes! The decorating is very well done! The strawberry one looks perfect for spring. And I always knew that vegan cakes were magical and could cure everything!

selina said...

A Chocolate Mint Cake?! Oh Heck Yeah. That would NOT last long around me.

Your cakes are beautiful btw.

Erin said...

Those cakes are both gorgeous. I'd pay good money for either! Or better yet, both.

erica said...

Wow! Your cakes are gorgeous.

Peace by Pastries said...

Good God those cakes are gorgeous!!! you are a very talented cake decorator...simple yet beautiful...great job!

Johanna3 said...

beautiful!!

B.A.D. said...

Chocolate and mint is my favorite combo too! The cake is beautiful!