Saturday, February 12, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Yes, I am a little early with my valentine salutations, but today my three sons and I entered some pieces in a food art competition held at our local public art gallery. If you follow me on Facebook you already know that my concept was to make Sweetheart candies out of cake and emblazon them with vegan slogans. The idea was to juxtapose the familiar colours and shapes of the candies with the more shocking realities of eating animals, and I figured since it was being displayed at an art gallery I could get away with it. I guess the concept worked because I took home first prize! I tried out this recipe for the cake: it was durable (and therefore perfect for this project) but chewy. A little more oil needed, perhaps, or just more liquid in general. I used this buttercream fondant recipe for the icing: it worked perfectly but did not taste very good. Perhaps a 50:50 margarine to vegetable shortening mix is needed.

Son #1 made these mini cupcakes (chocolate from VCTOTW), decorated to look like a box of chocolates.

Son #2 made this "cup"cake. I baked the batter right in the cup with the spoon and all, and he added the topping and chocolate shavings.

Son #3 decorated this little heart cake. Too cute!
So have some fun with your food this Valentine's Day. I don't suggest giving your sweetie a cake with E. coli stamped into it . . . unless that is his or her thing.

33 comments:

Sarah said...

Congratulations on taking 1st place! Score for the vegans! Great idea, super cute!

Veg Atalanta said...

These are awesome!!! Congratulations! And your sons are very talented :)

Nicole Carrillo said...

Your mini heart cakes look incredible! & I love the idea of a "cup" cake baked right into a bug. Genius! Happy VDay!

VegSpinz said...

Awesome- congratulations!

Valhalla Bean said...

Great work by all! Way to go, guys!

makinglifeahappytime said...

These are beautiful valentines! Your sons are quite talented, like their father - congratulations! (On them and on the 1st prize!)

I love your 'candy' hearts, and that 'cup' cake!

melissa joanne said...

That all looks awesome! Congrats on the prize! Off to bake some Valentine's Day treats ...

Amy said...

Gorgeous!

Charlotte said...

Beautiful! I love each one! I'll have to give the cake recipe a try.

Kip said...

That's awesome and everything looks great! I made some vegan conversation hearts last week and I'm so excited to leave them for my partner to find whilst I'm on a plane back home tomorrow (they're ridiculous).

Deb Schiff said...

I LOVE your entries. Hope you win.

Anna said...

I absolutely LOVE that "cup"cake. Great idea!

Audrey said...

Fantastic cake ideas! Congrats on 1st. prize and yeah so adorable.

chow said...

Congratulations on taking first prize! They look great and so arty! Your sons are totally following in Dad's footsteps, their creations all look awesome too! :-)

IsaChandra said...

Too cool for school. Literally.

dreaminitvegan said...

What a great way to get a wonderful message across to people. That is so great that you won!
It's so nice to see all of your boys decorating and baking with you. All of their cupcakes looks great!!!

Jackie Smith (the other one) said...

Congratulations! This looks like a great family project.

Jenny said...

Awesome :] I may try baking a "cup" cake, myself.

VeganLinda said...

How completely awesome! Love them all. What a talented family you have.

Meghan said...

This looks wonderful. Delicious too. What a great idea.

Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or less!) said...

Wow, these are great! I especially like the cake in a cup!

Lacie said...

just wanted to say thanks for blogging. i love your recipes, esp. the faux meats. happy v dat to you.

Heather said...

Congrats on the win, very cool way to 'spread' the message! Have a great Valentine's Day!

Sheila Marie said...

i love the idea of baking right in a teacup complete with spoon! so cute.

Diana said...

That's so odd...I've been thinking about using that same fondant recipe for a while. I wonder why it didn't taste that great? It's full of sugar!

Your son's creations look amazing! I think they should open up a bakery and call it Vegan Dad & Sons!

Tamara said...

What a great sick, twisted take on those little hearts! I'm glad you won!

Arielle Silver said...

love the "cup"cake! and besides, just wanted to stop in and say thanks for all the yummies through the years... they've been wonderfully inspiring.

arielle silver
http://lovethemapples.tumblr.com/

Kelly said...

Congrats on the prize. I'm amazed how gorgeous the lettering worked. I tried something similar and it was definitely NOT so successful.

christopher said...

That "cup" cake creation is just brilliant! It would make for a great gift...both edible and permanent (the mug)!

bekkitae said...

Very cute post that's a great intoduction to your blog for a first-time reader :)

The e.coli cookie made me think of the doco 'Food Inc.' which I recently purchased and watched... and the e.coli outbreak in spinach and lettuce in 2006 freaked me out.

Kudos to living what my BF assures me is a very difficult lifestyle to maintain in the US of A!

~B.
bekkitae.blogspot.com

MamaMango said...

So cute! All of them!!

Kate said...

Too cute! Love all the cakes, especially the teacup one!

The Cooking Lady said...

Truly outstanding!!