I found a delicious recipe for a vanilla vegan cake with vegan buttercream frosting:
Vegan Vanilla Cake
- 1 and ¾ cups (220g) All-Purpose Flour
- 1 cup (200g) Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 cup (240ml) Soy Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 2 tsp (10ml) Vanilla Extract
- ⅓ cup (80ml) Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil)
- 1 Tbsp (15ml) White Vinegar (or Apple Cider Vinegar)
Vegan Buttercream Frosting
1 cup room temperature Earth Balance brand vegan butter*
3 cups powdered sugar, use organic if possible 2 teaspoons almond milk, soy milk or other nut milk, or substitute water
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whip it all together with a beater until creamy.
Mixing Vegans with Carnivores:
We visited our son’s godparents at their lake house the other day. We enjoy cooking Indian food for them when we visit and we usually cook curry chicken along with white rice and then top it off with ice cream. The godparents are carnivores and so we go with it even when we are on a vegetarian kick.
Now, when a person or family goes vegan they find that the social circle can vanish quickly. It is the same when you are a party person and one day you no longer want to go out and kick up your heels at the dance club or meet at the pub. You lose friends…or you lose a tribe that you don’t belong to anymore. I hear that it can be extreme with the vegan route.
I don’t feel it should be this way. However, we are easy going vegans. I’ve chosen this lifestyle for us because of health reasons, environmental reasons, and (this being the biggest) compassion for animals. I am making a statement, choosing not to take in the energy of a tortured creature by eating its death, and I am trying to be the solution to Mother Earth issues due to our ways of farming, factories, and corporations. I’m also choosing a diet that will ensure vibrant health for my whole family.
With that said, if there is an egg in a cake someone serves me, if there is chicken broth in a dish at a restaurant…do I freak out and send it back, jump up from the table with a litany of curses to the savage carnivorous beast that are the killing innocent cows in hideous factory slaughterhouses? No. I eat it and I know that I am still making a statement overall, that I’m still making a difference, that my health is still improving. I still like meat…sorry, my vegan friends. I still like the smell of barbq in my neighbors’ yard, I still love grass-fed, organic milk with a chunk of milk chocolate…and the smell of bacon. Yum. I just don’t eat it unless it is served at a house that I am a guest. Even the Buddhist will eat what is served, pray over it, give thanks and move on. I know, I had a friend who was a practicing Buddhist and I fed him chicken often (this was before I got it, ok?)
Lead by example, not promotion. Or acting like a crazy activist and turning people off. There is nothing more unattractive than a wild vegan or tree hugger that preaches their way. It is like the religious fanatics that believe that they are the only ones with the “truth”. Humans have been eating meat from the beginning of time and I suspect it was all that ensured our survival at some points in time until we mastered agriculture (which took something like 1000 years. Roots and berries can only go so far.).
So, how do we lead others to great, vibrant health and a better way of living that is good for the planet, the goose, and the gander?
We make it fun. We make it look interesting and exciting. We do it well so that we begin to slim down and our skin glows, we look so good and have so much energy that others aks us, “how?” And they are willing to listen and try it out, if only for vanities sake.
I see an example with my boys every day. One boy could care less about a toy until the other one starts enjoying it and then…man oh man, that kid has to have it and now!
So, this time when we traveled to the godparents we cooked a ton of Indian food and I made a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting. All vegan. And we took extra grain/fiber packed tortillas with vegan butter to add to it. We brought it all, reheated, cooked the healthy tortillas and chilled the cake. Everyone ate with gusto and there were no issues or debate. We just ate heartily and then played and later we had coffee and piles of cake.
Will my family turn vegan overnight because the cake has influenced them? No, they are probably cutting into a steak right now, however, they will never complain when we cook and we can have control over what we all eat for that visit. We stay vegan and they eat their favorite Indian foods. Peace amongst the tribes with differing views and diets. Amen.
Then came a “last of summer” barbq across the street where most of my elderly neighbors live. I made an almost vegan cornbread (I used my hens’ eggs but almond milk instead of cow milk) and I ate well before I went. Sure enough, there were no choices for me but some seltzer water and veggies, olives and pickle slices. I ate a couple plates of radishes and pickles and called it a day.
Everywhere I go I have to make choices and I try not to cause waves and freak people out. If we go to friends to eat I choose as vegan as possible and if not I go vegetarian and if not…well, not then. I have taken to having people over to our house or bringing several dishes to their house. People love our food and I’d like to think that is helping teach a different way of eating subtly. I mention that it’s vegan casually and I don’t pull out my podium. But you can see the wheels turning.
My kids can eat what they like when we are out. And they do. At the barbq they ate a huge sausage and two hot dogs each. My husband brought home a meat lovers pizza on Halloween. That actually angered me, he’s old enough to get what we are doing with this vegan gig and he has seen the documentaries. I am thinking it’s time for another documentary for that man. He’s the one that proposed we go vegan a couple times in our 6 years of marriage so don’t feel sorry for that confused Omnivore.
Thanksgiving will have come and gone by the time this is posted. I am already prepared. I will do two chickens that are stamped “cruelty-free” as I’m not so opposed to the use of animals for meat as how they are raised and slaughtered. If they had a great life and their lives are ended with a quickness…not what vegans want to hear, I know. I will make a Tofurkey for me and the stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce will all be vegan! And I will do my famous vegan vanilla cake with vegan buttercream frosting. They will never know that they ate 85% vegan.
Until the end of the meal and cake when they are praising the feast. Amen again!