Easy Vegan Cakes and Pies

Cashew or Pecan Blondies

Cashew or Pecan Blondies

These blondies are from Sweet and Easy Vegan* by Robin Asbell. I was originally attracted to this recipe due to the sprinkling of coarse salt over the top. As someone without much of a sweet tooth, but with a penchant for salt, I knew that this would send this treat over the top for me, and indeed, it did! My family enjoyed this quite a bit, too, proof being that it was practically inhaled shortly after coming out of the oven.

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Gluten Free and Vegan Pear Coffee Cake

Gluten-free and vegan pear coffee cake Beth Hilson from Gluten-free MakeoversAs a baker, I am reluctant to let go of certain sacrosanct ingredients. Eggs are one of those precious commodities. Then a colleague who is gluten and egg-free asked me if I could convert a coffee cake recipe so she could enjoy, too. I recalled that, back in the days when I owned the Gluten-Free Pantry, I had made many recipes where I replaced eggs with silken tofu, flax gel (1 tablespoon flax meal with 3 tablespoons of hot water) or even with applesauce. I dug out my favorite coffee cake recipe, already gluten-free, and went to work. The results are delicious. Recipe and photo contributed by Beth Hillson, author of Gluten-Free Makeovers.* more→

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Easy Vegan Chocolate Cake

easy vegan chocolate cakeThis totally delectable, moist cake is our extended family’s favorite  for birthdays and other special occasions. It demands just minutes of hands-on time. Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Bryanna’s Light and Easy Chocolate Cake (or Cupcakes) with Fluffy Vegan Icing

vegan chocolate cupcakesThese cupcakes are tender and light, but remember that fat-free treats don’t keep very well, so freeze what isn’t being used in a day or two.

This is easy to make, but tender and moist. Be sure to use pastry flour, since there’s no fat in this, and use a bundt or tube pan, because fat-free cakes don’t work well when baked in a flat pan, I find. You can make a white or cocoa icing. more→

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry upside-down cake

This delicious and very pretty cake was contributed by Dynise Balcavage from The Urban Vegan: 250 Simple, Sumptuous Recipes from Street Cart Favorites to Haute Cuisine.It’s a lovely dessert to serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you need not wait for a special occasion to make and enjoy it. more→

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Triple Citrus Cupcakes

triple-citrus cupcakes by hannah kaminsky

Suffering from the midwinter blahs, when it seems that not a single fresh fruit remains in the grocery store, and there’s nothing but kale and potatoes thriving in the harsh frozen tundra outside? Reach for citrus—and don’t stop at just one type! By combining three different zesty flavors into one cupcake, you’ll get a brighter, well-rounded flavor that’s sure to shake off that gloomy, grey feeling. more→

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Alicia’s Famous Sweet Potato Pie

Yep, it’s famous. I am the official sweet potato pie maker for my family. It isn’t a holiday if my pie isn’t there. This was a hard recipe to veganize, since traditionally, I used condensed milk and egg whites to make my pies. But after a little tweaking, my famous sweet potato pie is now vegan and still a hit. This recipe is contributed by Alicia C. Simpson from her book Quick and Easy Vegan Comfort Food Experiment, 2009).

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Cocoa Mock Mince Pie

Mince pies are a long-standing Christmas tradition, but of course the standard versions use mincemeat or suet. Nineteenth-century American housewives began making mock mince pies, and they’re so good that I suspect no one ever missed the meat. This version has an additional twist—a bit of cocoa for a deep, rich flavor. more→

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