Archive for August 30th, 2011

August 30, 2011

Imperfect Veganism

by jem614

By Jessica Michael

I’ve been a vegetarian for a while but trying to go mostly vegan is a bit newer for me.  That being said, baking has become quite a challenge.  As a vegetarian I had no qualms about using eggs in my meals and therefore my cakes and baking goods turned out pretty and fluffy.

I’m sure many of you are already experienced in the art of vegan baking but it just hasn’t happened that easily for me.  My last few attempts at making things have kind of been a flop.  Anything having to substitute eggs becomes a sloppy mess.  My corndogs as you may remember, though amazing, were not pretty.

I thought by being open an honest with our readers, it would inspire you to either not be discouraged by not making the perfect dish every time, or get some tips from my mistakes.

Browned Bananas

Chocolate Sauce










The sad part of this mess is that the cake TASTED amazing, the caramel-ed bananas were to die for and the chocolate sauce was incredible.

But the cake fell apart like it was a crumbly mess, even with the chia seeds.  Because there was no eggs, there was nothing to hold it together.  Ashley has been telling me to try an egg substitute for a while and I have been against it because I wanted it “natural”.  I have used chia seeds, curdled coconut milk (with vinegar)- this works for small things like cupcakes; tofu, the list is becoming endless.  I have a feeling I’ll have to break down and just buy the egg substitute, or all my baking could end up looking like this:

My Beautiful Cake (that was sarcastic)

It’s on a foil sheet because it was meant to be a two layer cake with the caramel-ed bananas in the middle.  I couldn’t get it out of the pan, much less into two layers.

So, for vegan Friday, I’m going to break down and make a cake with egg substitute.  Be on the lookout…..


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