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I'm going to a family friend's house to celebrate my birthday this weekend. I offered to make my own cake, they said I could make one for myself, they would get a non vegan one for themselves.

My family has had some negative experiences with vegan baked goods. We went to a new restaurant in central MA, and the cake/other vegan desserts were TERRIBLE. Dry, disgusting, just plain awful. They used to be a vegan restaurant with the option of meat added to the dish, and now they're a regular restaurant with some vegan options. Quite a disappointment.

Anyways, I need your help! I want to bring a DELICIOUS vegan dessert that everybody will salivate over. It does not need to be a cake. My family cringes at the word vegan, so I just need to show them that the food is not bad, their perception is.

I need ideas that will BLOW THEM AWAY! The user with the recipe chosen will live in fame and glory. ;p And I may even send you a little surprise in the mail, barring you're comfortable with all of that mess.

Thanks for your help! There are five people who need to be educated with food here!
 

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Have you hunted through the recipe section here? The recipes with lots of posts are generally the most popular ones.


Vegan carrot cake is what my family likes the best. My sister's even asked that I make it as one of the cakes for her wedding!
http://www.veggieboards.com/newvb/sh...an-Carrot-Cake

Chocolate tofu-mousse pie is usually a big hit as well, and no way can anyone tell that it's not Jello pudding pie.
 

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I don't want fame or glory, but I do like to be helpful.
I'm not sure how you feel about carrot cake, but I've great success with this recipe:

3 tablespoons ground flax seed
0.5 cup water
2/3 cup canola oil
1.5 cups finely grated carrots
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1 1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar (white sugar is not generally processed with bone char in Canada, don't know about for you)
1.5 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
0.5 teaspoon ground cloves
0.5 teaspoon nutmeg
0.5 teaspoon allspice
0.5 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 9 x 9 inch square cake pan (or 12 cupcakes!)

In a food processor or blender blend together the flax seed and water until thick and creamy. Ad the oil and blend until combined. Transfer this mixture to a large bowl and add the carrots (and walnuts and raisins, if using). Stir to combine.

In a separate bowl combine all the dry ingredients.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture. Sit until combined, but don't over-mix.

Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

The recipe is adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking, which is an amazing book. Well worth the money.

I used this frosting recipe:

http://www.food.com/recipe/vegan-cre...rosting-293102

Good luck!
 

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I'm going to steer away from carrot cake because it has to be of general taste. I think I may go for the vegan chocolate cake w/ peanut butter that's in the recipes section, but I'm still undecided.

The Joy of Vegan Baking sounds great, I'll look out for that!
 

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There are a lot of excellent recipes right here on VB as IAMJEN said. There are also lots of online resources. Most vegan desserts are just as good if not better than non-vegan and I would bet most omnis couldn't tell the difference. Too bad you had bad experiences in the past to prejudice your family! Good luck!!
 

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Funny that two carrot cakes popped up there! Is it really that unusual in your circle pugwrinkles? It was one of my dad's favorites (well, still is), regardless of veganicity.

The "absurdly easy chocolate cake" is one of my favorites as well.
 

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My family (and the family friends) are chocoholics. Anything else they really think is a waste of calories
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They like DARK DARK chocolate, and the favorite dessert is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.
So I need to figure out how to make a moist, very rich tasting dessert to please them.
 

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Chocolate cake! Yes that is an awesome recipe and no one will even know it is vegan!
 

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My mother told me that she would not even touch a vegan cake, so it's a huge challenge.
I think I'm going to make a small version of the absurdly easy chocolate cake tonight (perhaps as cupcakes?) and give them for my family to sample after dinner.
 

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Yes! The Absurdly easy chocolate cake is a favourite in my family! Wasn't it mentioned in the recipe thread that this recipe was one of those war-time depression are recipes, that didn't need 'fancy' ingredients like eggs or milk?? So it was really meant to be vegan, it was meant to be cheap!
 

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I made a german apple cake from The Joy of Vegan Baking for mother's day, and my family loved it. was very fluffy and moist. i know it's not chocolate but if you want the recipe let me know.

never made a chocolate cake before, but i've made bread pudding and that's turned out well also...but can be hard to get it just right.
 

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For birthday cakes this is my new favourite recipe http://www.food.com/recipe/moist-whi...gg-free-344115
I've made it three times so far. Once topped with chocolate icing, the second time the penguin cake which is in the food porn thread, the third I made it rainbow and topped it with vegan buttercream frosting. All times very delicious and very well received by the omnivores they were made for.
 

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I'm going to steer away from carrot cake because it has to be of general taste. I think I may go for the vegan chocolate cake w/ peanut butter that's in the recipes section, but I'm still undecided.

The Joy of Vegan Baking sounds great, I'll look out for that!
I've made that vegan chocolate cake. It's pretty good! I have never made it with the peanut butter frosting though. I bet that just makes it better.
 

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I made the "absurdly easy chocolate cake" last night and it was a HUGE success. Everybody went for seconds and thirds, and that means a LOT in my family. I have to think about what I want to make for my birthday celebration, whether or not to try something new or go for this again. I did not make frosting, we didn't have confectioners sugar or creamy peanut butter, but I'm going to look around for a frosting recipe that has some simple ingredients. I'll also take a look at all of the new recipes posted here.

This is such a great way to get people interested in actually just TRYING vegan food!
 

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I have some tried and true cake and icing recipes in this post here on my blog: AppleRunner! There's chocolate (so moist and stays moist for so long) and vanilla cake (super moist and delicious), and both of the icing is so easy it's ridiculous. The cake recipes itself is so easy as well, don't be fooled, they are incredibly delicious and my entire non-vegan family loved them so much they said they prefer vegan cakes for now on!

I know you said you didn't want carrot cake, but there's one in the post as well, you can ignore that though


Good luck!
 

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I am not a baker so would not attempt this but I think its great that you are doing it. I try to bring vegan foods to events that everyone will like. I brought a veg*n cake (from Whole Foods) to my sister-in-law's graduation party. It was the main dessert. No one could tell it was veg*n and loved it. An a barbeque I brought a cake in addition to other foods. It was announced that the cake was veg*n prior to being cut. One little girl said she didn't eat veg*n cake because she was allergic. After she saw her brothers eating it she decided to try it and said she was no longer "allergic". I thought it was funny that some people's first reactions is that they don't want something just because it is vegan.
 

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I think vegan baked goods aren't very good bought because they don't keep as well without egg, and usually have less oil.
Just as well, I've had major success homemade, and don't make as much.
Remember Chloe -help me out here-the vegan cupcake winner on Cupcake Wars. Great recipes. Actually, I believe there were two vegan winners.
 
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