December 17, 2012 by Angie
Week 50 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is plating. Only two challenges left! I made a chocolate cake with chocolate ganache for my mom’s birthday. I used the reliably delicious recipe for basic chocolate cupcakes and the chocolate ganache used for lots of things from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I had never made it as a cake before but found it was just the same except I didn’t need to bake it for quite as long as the instructions said – it started to smell like something might be burning at about 28 minutes.
I baked it in a springform pan, took the edges of the pan off, then spread the ganache on the top and sides, and decorated with m&ms. The cake and ganache are vegan but the m&ms are not so you could decorate with fruit instead to keep it dairy-free. For added “plating” effect, and to get it across the state without a chocolate mishap, I put it in my fancy cake carrier. Mom and Dad report they like the cake. They seemed particularly impressed with the chocolate ganache topping.
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December 3, 2012 by Angie
Week 49 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is fudge. I made this vegan chocolate cashew fudge from The Joy of Vegan Baking. It’s delicious and very similar to “real” fudge. It’s rich, sweet, creamy and has that smooth “mouthfeel” just like butter and evaporated milk fudge.
It makes a lot!
So much fudge.
The recipe is easy to make even with my makeshift double boiler situation. The hardest part was slicing the very cold fudge into manageable pieces straight out of the refrigerator.
A fudge chunk.
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October 25, 2012 by Angie
The challenge for Week 43 (can you believe there are only 9 weeks left in 2012?!) of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is candy. Ever since I made those awesome cashew turtles with salty agave nectar “caramel”, I’ve been really into the combination of chocolate and salt. I was searching for vegan chocolate bark recipes when I found this one for dark chocolate bark with pistachios and sea salt. Delicious.
It’s incredibly simple to make this. I already had a bag of pre-shelled pistachios so I coarsely chopped a 1/4 cup of those. I bought two 3.5 ounce 70% cacao dark chocolate bars at the grocery store. I broke the bars up along their scored lines into a microwave-safe bowl. I nuked the dark chocolate for 25 second intervals, stirring each time. Once it was a smooth liquid I poured it into a square glass pan lined with parchment paper. It didn’t cover the entire bottom of the pan, but I was okay with that. Next, I sprinkled the chopped pistachios onto the melted chocolate and repeated with tiny handfuls of sea salt.
I put it in the fridge for about an hour then cracked the bark into pieces with my hands. So good!
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August 3, 2012 by Angie
The challenge for Week 31 of Reddit’s 52 Weeks of Baking is frozen. I assume that means we should make a recipe which requires both baking and freezing but I really can’t think of anything that calls for all that. A lot of pie recipes have you bake a crust then put the filling in and refrigerate but not freeze. I made vegan cashew turtles which called for a little microwaving (close enough?) then freezing and OMG y’all the results are mind-blowing. There is just something about a chocolate-covered cashew.
I followed this recipe using cashews instead of pecans and vegan chocolate chips. I did use her agave nectar and salt suggestion rather than buy a jar of caramel sauce. It’s quite good, better than caramel in a jar I think. These turtles took so little time and work and are so amazingly delicious. They definitely win the award for tastiest return on effort.
A freezey little turtle.
The underside of a turtle.
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April 4, 2012 by Angie
This week’s 52 Weeks of Baking Challenge is Rainbow. I’m scared of using food coloring so I made M&M cookies. I used this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe and swapped the chocolate chips for colorful M&M’s. Rainbow mission: accomplished.
Cute Husband and I split a cookie for quality control purposes. They’re really good! The rest are going to my brother as part of his belated birthday package. Happy Birthday, Bro!
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