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Classic Raw Vegan Cheesecake
– 1 cup pitted dates (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes then drained)
– 1 cup raw almonds
– 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water 4-6 hours then drained (NOTE: If short on time, pour boiling hot water over the cashews, soak for 1 hour, then drain and blend as instructed!)
– 1/4 cup lemon juice
– 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
– 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
– 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
Optional Flavor Add-Ins:
– Pureed mango
– 2 Tbsp salted natural peanut butter
– 1/4 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)
– 3 Tbsp bourbon caramel sauce
1. Add dates to a food processor and blend until small bits remain and it forms into a ball. Remove and set aside.
2. Next add nuts and process into a meal. Then add dates back in and blend until a loose dough forms – it should stick together when you squeeze a bit between your fingers. If it’s too dry, add a few more dates through the spout while processing. If too wet, add more almond or walnut meal. Optional: add a pinch of salt to taste. Lightly grease a 6 inch round cake pan.
3. Pour the crust into the greased cake pan and evenly press down — making sure to get the sides as well. Set in freezer to firm up.
4. Add all filling ingredients to a blender and mix until very smooth. For the coconut milk, I like to scoop the “cream” off the top because it provides a richer texture. But if yours is already all mixed together, just add it in as is.
5. I mixed mine in my food processor for 10 minutes, until “liquified” or “pureed”. If it won’t come together, add a touch more lemon juice or agave or a splash more coconut milk liquid as the liquid should help it blend better.
6. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If adding peanut butter, add to the blender and mix until thoroughly combined. If flavoring with blueberry or caramel, wait and swirl on top of plain cheesecakes (optional).
7. Pour filling into the prepared cake pan. Tap a few times to release any air bubbles, then cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard – about 4-6 hours.
8. Once set, remove by tugging on the tabs or loosening them with a butter knife. They should pop right out. Our favorite way to devour these was with a little more caramel and a touch of coconut whipped cream. But they’re perfect as is! Keep in the freezer for up to 1-2 weeks.
I think I might have tried my first lemon poppy seed muffin from a Magnolia Bakery down in Chicago last year during my summer vacation. I fell in love with the soft/moist texture and the refreshing taste from the lemon in the muffin. From then on, I declared that my favorite dessert pairings was lemon and poppy seeds.
Obviously, the macarons that I decorated on top of this cake is NOT vegan. I just wanted something to put ontop of the cake to make it presentable and with my luck, I ran out of fresh fruits. So, besides the macarons, this cake is 100% vegan.
Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Cake
For Lemon Poppyseed Cake:
- 2⅔ cup unbleached cake flour (not all-pupose or else it will be very dense)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ cups vegan cane sugar or turbinado sugar
- 1¾ cup almond milk or soymilk mixed with 2 tsp vinegar. Set aside five minutes to curdle.
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup poppy seeds
- Zest of two lemons
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) of vegan “butter” like Earth Balance or Crisco Vegetable Oil Shortening, at room temperature
For the Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated shortening
- 1/2 cup nonhydrogenated margarine
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted if clumpy
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup plain soy milk or soy creamer
- yellow gel food coloring
- To make the cake: Cream together the sugar and “butter” in a stand mixer or hand mixer fitted with a wisk, until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bottom and sides of bowl a couple of times during the mixing.
- Mix the lemon juice, zest, vanilla extract and almond milk.
- Sift into a bowl the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
- Add the flour to the butter and sugar mixture in three batches, alternating with the almond milk mixture. Mix for 20 seconds after each addition, then scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure everything’s integrated.
- Add the poppy seeds and mix with a spatula to disperse them evenly through the batter.
- Oil and flour five, 6 inch circle pans (or 3 9 pinch pans but bking times will varey). Pour the cake batter into the pans evenly and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out dry. Let the cake stand in the bundt pan on a rack for 10 minutes, then unmold. This cake unmolds easily, but if you need help run a knife lightly and carefully around the edges.
- Beat the shortening and margarine together until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat for about 3 more minutes. Add the lemon zest, vanilla and soy milk, and beat for another 5 to 7 minutes until fluffy. Divide the frosting in half and add about 6 drops of yellow gel food coloring into one of the divided frosting and set both the white and yellow frosting aside.
- To assemble cake: Use a long shape knife (preferably serrated) to carefully trim the tops of the cake to ensure they are level. Flip your cake layers upside down before assembling.
- Place one layer on your cake stand and use an offset spatula to spread a layer of frosting over the top of the cake. Repeat with remaining cakes.
- Crumb coat cake with some of the icing and then chill for about half an hour.
- Using an offset spatula, alternately swirl blobs of plain white icing and the colored yellow icing over the surface of the cake. Top cake with whatever you life such as fresh fruits, sprinkles, or just leave it plain. Chill to allow icing to set.
- Remove from the fridge at least 30 mins before serving to allow cake to come back to room temperature. Can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for several days.
Ever wanted to eat a dessert without feeling guilty afterwards? Well here is the perfect recipe for you to curb those sugary needs. These vegan tiramisu cheesecake bars are absolutely delicious, creamy, and chocolatey. Leaving you feeling satisfied without ruining your plan to a bikini bod this summer.
What’s the secret ingredient for this vegan “cheesecake”?
Yes. I said it.
Who would have thought haha. But no one would ever suspect a thing. Which is a perfect solution to get the kids to eat something nutritious for them. Happy eating~ 🙂
Vegan Tiramisu Cheesecake Bars
For the Brownie:
- 1 cup oat flour (I grind my own old fashioned Oats)
- 1/2 cup coconut flour (or cashew flour or light/medium GF flour)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp non dairy milk (I used soy milk)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2/3 cup 70% Dark Chocolate Theo bar (1.5 oz – 42 gms) or vegan chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsps flaxmeal
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 2 tsps instant coffee
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup Tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup ground raw sugar (1/4 cup for less sweeter)
- 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
For the Cheesecake:
- 16 oz package firm tofu
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (or 2 Tbsps cornstarch)
- 1/4 cup oil
- 6 Tbsp ground raw sugar
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/3 tsp salt
- For the brownie layer: In a bowl, combine and mix together the oat flour, coconut flour, cocoa power, and baking powder. In a medium heat proof bowl, heat the non dairy milk and maple syrup until hot (in pan or microwave). Whisk in the dark chocolate and flax seed meal until the chocolate melts. Add in the vanilla, instant coffee, salt, oil, and the sugar into the chocolate mixture. Add the wet mixture into dry and mix to combine. Mix in 1/2 cup chocolate chips into the batter. Drop the batter onto prepared parchment lined 8×8 square pan. Spread it using a spatula to a level it. Reserve a Tablespoon of the batter to make swirls on top(optional).
- For the cheesecake layer: Lightly squeeze the Tofu to remove excess water and add to blender. Blend all the tofu, coconut flour, oil, and sugar together together in the blender. Taste and adjust/add lemon juice and salt to preferred tang/cream cheese-y taste. Drop the blended batter onto brownie batter. Spread evenly with a spatula.
- If making swirls on top, add 2 tsps non dairy milk to the reserved brownie batter (the batter is quite thick). Mix well and drop spoon fulls on top. Swirl the brownie batter into the cheesecake batter with a knife. If using a regular metal pan, place the pan on a baking sheet during baking so the bottom of the brownie does not get hard/overbaked.
- Bake at preheated 350 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until the center is set and the edges of the cheesecake start to get golden brown. Cool completely and slice. Refrigerate for half an hour before slicing for best results.
- Sprinkle sweetened cocoa powder on top. You can also soak the brownie layer in a little espresso + sugar + rum/liquor of choice.
Who knew that a raw vegan cake can be so delicious?! It may look and sound odd at first, BUT, it takes just as delicious as the regular Oreo cheesecake. Maybe even better because it obviously is healthier and contains fewer calories/fats than the regular cheesecake. I recommend keeping the cheesecake in the freezer and serve it very cold and solid because once it comes to room temperature, the raw cheesecake starts to get mushy in texture. Unless you like that sort of thing. Happy Eating~ 🙂
Raw Vegan Cookies n' Cream Cheesecake
For the Crust:
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder or cacao powder
- 1/2 cup raw cashews (or almonds, walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts)
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (See nutrition link below, for substitutions)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup pitted dates (8 small dates)
For the Filling:
- 1 cup raw cashews or macadamia nuts (120g)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup water
- sweetener of choice (such as: pinch stevia extract, or 1/2 cup dates, or 3 tbsp pure maple syrup or powdered sugar)
- 4-6 Oreo cookies
- For Chocolate Pie Crust: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend. Then transfer to an 6-in baking dish. Using a piece of wax or parchment paper, smush into the pan and pour desired filling on top or refrigerate until ready to use.
- For the cookies n’ cream cheesecake: In a bowl, cover the cashews with water and let sit at least 8 hours, but no longer than 12. Drain.
- Combine the drained cashews with the salt, vanilla, sweetener, and 3/4 cup water, and blend until smooth. (Blend a full minute if you have a Vita-Mix. This can technically be done in a non-high-powered blender if you blend a very long time, but I don’t know that it will ever be as smooth.)
- Add the chocolate cookies and blend again, just enough to crush the cookies. Pour into the prepared 6 inch cheesecake pan and freeze to set.
- This healthy and vegan pie is best kept in the refrigerator. Or you can freeze it, but be sure to thaw fully before serving. Serves 6-8. If you want a pie deeper than the one in the photos, you can easily double the recipe.
Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie
This traditional hot cake is very common in asian culture. The filling inside is asias staple ingredient that they often use in many asian cuisines and desserts. The paste is made out of Azuki (red bean) and sugar, which are both boiled and mashed together (varies in texture). If you want a smoother and creamier texture, the husks of the beans can be removed before adding in the sugar or honey. If not, you can also mash the sweetened red bean and add additional unmashed red bean to add texture.
A fast and easy way to whip up and make a simple sandwich cake in just 30 minutes (because you have to let the batter sit for a while)! Similar to a pancake, however, it is fluffier, sweeter, softer, and thicker than a regular pancake. It is crutial to make sure that you wipe off any excess oil off of the pan before you pour in your batter. Or else you will get lots of spots in your dorayaki cake.
Happy Eating~ 🙂
Japanese Dorayaki Cake
- 4 whole eggs (55g eggs)
- 100g brown sugar
- 1 tbsp honey
- 160g cake/pastry flour (any low-gluten flour, but regular all-purpose/plain flour works well too!）
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda, for softer and fluffier textures (optional)
- 2-3 tbsp water (adjust according to batter consistency)
- Cooking oil for greasing, preferably light-coloured and flavourless
- In a large mixing bowl, add whole eggs, sugar, honey and whisk until the mixture is all bubbly and slightly pale.
- Sift flour, baking powder together with baking soda (if using) and carefully mix into the wet ingredient mixture in 2-3 additions. Stir until all the ingredients are just incorporated and there are no flour lumps. Do not overmix the batter to prevent working up the gluten.
- Check the consistency of the batter and add water to adjust accordingly. It should be reasonably thick and definitely not runny. Cover mixing bowl with a teatowel or plate and leave to sit for 30 mins or so. This allows any large air bubbles trapped to be released and to relax any gluten worked up from the mixing process.
- Heat a flat and non-stick frying pan over medium-low flame and grease the pan very lightly with a light-coloured, flavourless cooking oil. Wipe off any excess oil with a kitchen paper napkin.
- Using a chinese soup spoon, drop a spoonful of batter onto the heated pan. Repeat procedure to make more pancakes in one batch but take note not to overcrowd the pan.
- Using a flat wooden or silicone heatproof spatula, flip the pancakes carefully when the bottom layer is cooked and could be dislodged easily. Cook the other side until it turns lightly brown and no longer sticky.
Repeat the process until all the batter is completely used up. Place the cooked pancakes on a plate and cover them with a tea towel (I’d used the dome of my cake stand) to keep them moist.
- Match the pancakes according to size and fill one pancake by placing a spoonful dollop of tsubushi’an in the middle of it. Cover with the other pancake and gently press down to work the filling towards the edges.
Repeat until all the pancakes are used up.
- Serve immediately. Can be left covered at room temperature for up to 2 days
Adapted from TravellingFoodies
Naked cakes are so beautiful because it is so simple yet elegant. This cake is something that I came up with after seeing a Persian Love Cake made by a very talented woman named Katherine Sabbeth. I have got to say . . . her fun, quirky, and unique desserts are amazing to look at!
I topped off and decorated this cake with homemade white chocolate bar, hard caramel, coconut shavings, dried fruit, chocolate candy, and sprinkles. You can decorate this cake how ever you may want . . . I just made it this way from my own style. Happy Eating~ 🙂
Lemon Lavender Celebration Cake
- 1 cup (230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (240ml) buttermilk
- zest + juice of 3 medium lemons
For Lavender Buttercream Frosting
- 2 tbsp (30g) whole milk
- 1 tbsp (2g) dried lavender – you’re going to combine the milk and dried lavender into a bowl with a lid and set in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours, preferably overnight, to infuse
- 2 cups (230g) confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
- 5 tbsp (71g) unsalted butter- softened to room temperature
Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray three 9×2 inch cake pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
To make the cake, use a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high until creamy – about 1 minute. Add granulated and brown sugars and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until everything is combined, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
In a large sized bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat on low speed for 5 seconds, then add the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Remove from the mixer and stir lightly until everything is just combined. Batter is extremely thick. Do not overmix at any point. Overmixing will lend a tough, dense textured crumb.
Spoon batter evenly into 3 prepared cake pans. If only using 2 cake pans, your bake time will be longer. Bake the three layers for about 21-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting infuse the milk and dried lavender as stated above in ingredients. Using a strainer, strain the infused lavender milk to remove the dried lavender. We used our mini strainer. Sift powdered sugar into the bowl of your stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using a handheld mixer) and add in softened butter. Mix with the paddle attachment of your stand mixer on low until combined. Slowly pour in the infused milk on low. When mixed together, increase your speed to high for 5 minutes until frosting is light and fluffy (you can add your food coloring at this point if you would like).
Who’s ready to get a little tipsy over dessert? I know I am. Just kidding! Don’t worry, although there will be alcohol in this cake, however, the alcohol is cooked off all there is left is the strong, bitter flavor that is paired of nicely with the sweet, citrus orange.
Mid-terms is right around the corner and I have been stressing over them for the past few days! This calls for a major session of baking to calm myself down. It’s like an easy and quick therapy for me because baking somehow helps me relax a little. Maybe because it involves creating delicious food…? I don’t know. Or maybe I just have an addiction to baking. Which is not bad at all considering that I always have cake in the house haha.
Orange Whiskey Cake
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons (300g) all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon table salt
- ¾ cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups (300g) granulated sugar
- finely grated zest of 2 large oranges
- 4 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup (120ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 tablespoons whiskey
- 3 tablespoons (42g) unsalted butter, chopped
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon whiskey
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Generously butter a 10-cup capacity Bundt pan, flour it then remove the excess flour.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until soft. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. Next, beat in the orange zest and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. On low speed, alternatively the flour mixture in three additions and the orange juice in two additions, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix in the whiskey.
- Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and risen and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool in the pan over a wire rack for 10 minutes – in the meantime, make the glaze: combine all the ingredients in a small heavy saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring, until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat.
- Carefully unmold the cake onto the rack. Brush the cake generously with the hot syrup. Cool completely before slicing and serving.