Saturday, June 11, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday, Vegan Daughter!

Today we celebrated Vegan Daughter's 2nd birthday with this Holly Hobbie cake. She doesn't actually have a Holly Hobbie doll, but she does have a bonnet that is very Hobbie-ish. Vegan Mom picked up the cake pan at the library and I pulled out this recipe for the cake batter. I used it once before for my Valentine's Day Edible Art and found it a little tough and chewy. I had to triple the recipe to fill the pan (the perfect amount) and played around a bit with the ingredients and amounts. I left out the flax (totally unnecessary, I think), upped the soy milk to 2.5 cups (for the triple recipe), the sugar to 1.5 cups, and the oil to 1/2 cup. The cake worked perfectly in the pan and took 50 mins to bake (I always find it tricky to bake in these pans so the entire cake is cooked). The final product was still a bit dense so I may concoct a recipe next time that is somewhere between this one and Isa's cupcake recipe.
This cake also forced me to learn a new skill: making drop flowers. It took a few times to get it right, but I think I did pretty well in the end. The funky part is that you make the flowers on parchment then freeze, carefully transferring them to the cake when needed. Also, I did not have the proper leaf tip so I just shot some green icing around to get the same effect.

36 comments:

Spenc said...

Looks amazing!

LeahR said...

What an awesome cake to make! And WTG with learning the new flowers. As a vegan baker myself, I struggle with yellow and white cake not ending up too dense. I have perfected chocolate, but the other cakes are harder.

foodfeud said...

Unbelievable the amount of work and care you put into decorating that cake. Gorgeous job.

Erin L. said...

Wow, this is inspiring! On another note, I can't believe she's two already...it seems like yesterday that you posted a picture of her newborn foot.

hannah said...

Lovely job! What a lucky girl!

Lauren M said...

So cute! You did an amazing job on the cake. I have that doll from the early 80s and the cake looks just like her.

bugink said...

Awww...I love this - it reminds me of my childhood.
Well done!

Renée MBM said...

Wow, that is one seriously impressive cake! Love it.

maya said...

That is breath-takingly beautiful.I hope your little sweetheart loves it

Basil said...

That looks so amazing... wish I could do that. I have always been curious, how long does the whole process take?

claireashdjian said...

Wow!!! That looks so fantastic!! Well done and hope the birthday calebrations went without a hitch x

Mary Lynn said...

More Happy Birthday wishes for your daughter! She is a much loved and lucky little girl! Well done, Vegan Dad (being vegan is just the icing on the cake so to speak)

Caitlin said...

the cake is absolutely beautiful!

Levi's Mommy said...

What kind of food coloring do you use? I can't find any vegan ones!

Terita said...

Wow, I'm so impressed! Beautiful cake. Happy Birthday little one!

Desdemona said...

Wow - that is absolutely beautiful! I hope your girl and her brothers enjoyed it!

thesundaybaker said...

No leaf tip? Do what the professionals do and make your own with a parchment bag. Cut the side edges of the piping tip so it has a "v" shape. Look at pictures of metal leaf tips to get a better idea of what I mean. I have metal leaf tips but something always gets stuck and ruins the effect. So I prefer the parchment method as it is easier to fix the problem.

Hope this helps next time.

Mistress said...

Wow, that is simply gorgeous! I love working with (and eating) icing...Nadine, Bitchin Kitchen

Juli_Penelope said...

How wonderful! This is very much my dream cake - what a lucky little girlie you have!

Millie said...

EXCELLENT...HAPPY BIRTHDAY VEGAN BABY.

elisesdinner said...

This looks absolutely beautiful! I wish I could decorate cakes like this! They always taste good but often don't look great, I guess I'd better keep practicing.

You have a very lucky daughter. x

Lynn said...

Very pretty!

Veganmama said...

What a beautiful cake, such a lucky vegan daughter!! :)

Marni Springer said...

This looks absolutely amazing! Fantastic job!!

DvCordia said...

O_O This looks so good... and like a lot of work.

Eva Winger said...

uh, really you made this cake?! amazing! and lovely, and vegan : )

darkhorse43 said...

That brings back memories. I had the same cake on my 4th birthday in 1982.

Mindy said...

That's beautiful! And whoa nostalgia, I totally had a Holly Hobby cake like that when I was a kid. :)

Josie Eller said...

Beautiful! I have the same problem with the Wilton pans not baking evenly...It's always so sad when one ends up underdone in the center, or way overdone on the edges.

Your drop flowers look great. Do you know, is there a vegan alternative to Royal Icing? Something that would make the flowers dry hard without freezing?

Veg-a-Nut said...

Happy Birthday Vegan sweetie! Great job Vegan dad!

Emily said...

Your daughter and I share a birthday! Vegan birthdays are the best, aren't they?

Jane said...

A m a z i n g ! You're daughter's a very lucky girl ;-)

lauren said...

Wow what an amazing creation. I had Holly Hobbie stuff when I was a kid. Takes me back! Lucky daughter you have there.

bakerymanis said...

this is such a beautiful cake! i loved holly hobbie when i was a little girl! this is so charming, your family is so lucky :)

The Veggie Explorer said...

What a beautiful cake!

Shannon said...

OMG! My mom had that cake pan and made me that cake for one of my birthdays when I was little. I don't actually remember it, but I've seen pictures. I love it! I also had a Holly Hobby Oven when I was little, rather than an EasyBake.