Sunday, December 21, 2014

Vegan chocolate babka

vegan chocolate babka

So it snowed today. Not a lot, in keeping with this winter’s trend of negligible snowfall (global warming, anyone?) but enough to make the world look like a black and white photograph. It’s quite beautiful, really. Perfect for taking a little stroll through the neighborhood. And you know—weather like this is the perfect antidote for head colds and partying-all-night lag (no time to explain, but let’s just say we all rolled into bed about two o’clock this morning). And so I walked a little bit and brought my camera and did not take any pictures, believing that there were no spots “good enough” for a photo, but did spend the entire time thinking about life and shit, because that is what a somber and beautiful winter landscape will do to you.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mini gingerbread chocolate layer cake

mini gingerbread chocolate layer cake

In the weeks after Black Friday, I waited and waited for an opportunity to break out my haul and make some badass (give or take a few units of badassery) cake with either my a) two six-inch pans or b) four three-inch pans, both of which are absolutely adorable. At last, the time has come! Faced with the opportunity to bring some cake to school, I broke out the six-inchers and made deliciously seasonal cake.

Six-inch cake pans, that is. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Homemade vegan gingerbread house

homemade vegan gingerbread house

At long last, Christmas vacation is upon us! All the tests have been taken! The novels have been written (okay, 50 pages) and sent in! The homework is finished! Ah, the feeling of satisfaction, the pure Christmas spirit flowing through your veins!

What does that mean? Time to party, of course. And by party I mean stay home and sleep.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday recipe roundup from Finding Vegan

2014 findingvegan.com holiday link love

Today, in an interruption of the sugary glop you normally see flowing through this blog, we (some of the bloggers who are on Finding Vegan, that is) have prepared for you a ginormous list of links to 100% vegan recipes that you may find helpful in your holiday preparations. It's actually super convenient. You scroll through all of the recipes, start feeling really hungry, make a sandwich, then return to your computer to bookmark whatever it is you want to make for Christmas dinner! Or any holiday, really! Deliciousness doesn't discriminate.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Homemade vegan marzipan

homemade vegan marzipan

To make beautiful cakes, it often seems that you have one of three options:

1. Perfect your buttercream-piping skills so you can make flowers and such with only a pastry tip and a bag;

2. Make nasty-ass fondant flowers that nobody will actually eat; or

3. Shamefully obscure the entire cake with actual flowers that are neither edible nor meant for eating in the first place.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Vegan fudgy brownie cupcakes with matcha frosting

vegan fudgy brownie cupcakes with matcha frosting

Christmas may be a religious holiday with a very specific and serious meaning, but that doesn’t stop me from squeeing like a little girl from Thanksgiving to December 26th over gift wrapping and cookies and snow. For those of you who don’t share this seasonal joy, I apologize. I apologize for going all Martha Stewart with a constant stream of bake all the cookies! decorate all the gingerbread houses! design and print and mail out all the cards!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Homemade vegan gingerbread eggnog

vegan gingerbread eggnog

Like bleu cheese and bananas, eggnog is one of those polarizing foods that divide people into camps of “THIS IS AWESOME” and “THIS IS AWFUL HOW COULD ANYONE EAT THIS”. I, obviously, fall into the former camp. Eggnog is almost a Christmas gift in itself—sticky sweet, slightly thickened milk with a touch of nutmeg? How could you not love that?