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#1 Old 04-14-2004, 07:13 PM
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to me what makes something vegan...like a cake mix for example?
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#2 Old 04-14-2004, 07:16 PM
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This is the official criteria for vegan food as defined by the Vegan Society.



http://www.vegansociety.com/html/food/criteria.php



When I'm reading an ingredient list, I'm looking for the absence of dairy, egg, honey, insect products, etc.



One trick I use to make label reading faster (so I don't waste time reading labels for unsuitable products) is to look for cholesterol. A vegan product will never have cholesterol. But, not all cholesterol free products are vegan.



So basically, I check the cholesterol, and if it's 0, I read the ingredient list to see if it's really vegan. If there's cholesterol, I put it back on the shelf and don't bother reading the list. It's a time saver in the grocery store for me. ^^



I think Duncan Hines cake mixes are vegan if you use an egg sub when you make them, but I couldn't swear to it.

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If it has any dairy or egg products/derivatives, it's not vegan. Also, if has sugar that was refined using bones, it's not vegan, strictly speaking.



But if you're vegetarian instead of vegan, you basically just have to watch out for gelatin in cake mixes.



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#4 Old 04-14-2004, 07:21 PM
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No way! I have never even thought to look for gelatin in cake mixes! Silly me!
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#5 Old 04-14-2004, 07:23 PM
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the absence of anything obtained from animals.
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#6 Old 04-14-2004, 10:04 PM
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It's more like, "what makes something NOT vegan" - list found here:



http://www.vegancooking.com/ingredients.txt
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#7 Old 04-14-2004, 10:28 PM
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There are many vegan cookbooks with recipes for cakes in them that do not include animal products/byproducts. It's a piece of cake.
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#8 Old 04-16-2004, 08:04 PM
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Here is my fave cake recipe

OMG, my favorite cake

Chocolate Cake with PB and Chocolate Frosting

http://www.vegsource.com/talk/recip...ages/87637.html

Here is another frosting that I like with that cake

1/2 cup PB (creamy)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup confectioners sugar

1/4 cup soymilk or as needed

Cream all together with stick blender

until creamy.

Another variation

PB-Chocolate

1/2 ounce melted chocolate

1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. PB

1/4 cup soymilk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup confectioner's sugar

Cream all together except the chocolate

until creamy. Add chocolate and beat again.

Yum!

Wow, you are making want this cake!

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