Friday, February 09, 2007

Bizarro Eye Candy: Now, with 100% more agar!

It's M's birthday today (a whole 26! What a baby!), and I am in the kitchen baking up a big ol' fancy birthday cake for the occasion. This year, I've gone all vegan, baby! A big, chocolaty birthday cake with no butter or eggs! (You're thinking: "Wow, um, lucky him...) And the frosting comprises the delectable agar as one of its primary ingredients (again, I hear the collective: "Uh, yeah, that sounds... delicious?). I'm excited. I can't wait to taste this baby.

And, because, really, if I am going to take the time to post a Bizarro Eye Candy shot, shouldn't it be sun-dappled? Come On!

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Blogger Stacey said...

hmm - it will be interesting to see how it turns out - hope we get finished product pics!


12:48 PM  
Anonymous nova said...

I had a slice of gourmet vegan cake a while back and I must say, I was quite surprised at the magic that can be created without butter and eggs. I find it all very facinating, this cake without butter and egg inclusion. I hope it's delicious!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I need to point out that every cake that the Philistine has baked for me (one each birthday, three birthdays running now; the first was chocolate-peanut butter, the second chocolate-mint, and she still hasn't told me what this one actually is) has been nothing short of amazing. Both have been vegan save for the cream cheese icing, so I have very high expectations for this one (in the "I *know* this is going to be good" sense, not in the "this had better be good" sense). She's also taking me out to Horizons, a stupidly popular and apparently amazing vegan restaurant here in Philly. I'm going to have a vegan-tastic birthday! Except for that ice cream we made yesterday to go with the cake. Yum cow lactation!

2:57 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...


Actually I has a chai spice "snickerdoodle" the other day that was both totally amazing and vegan. I guess I should get over my deep-seated suspicion of baked goods sans butter.

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Mintyfresh said...

very pretty! yummy? i'll wait for you to report on it :)

and when I clicked here to make a comment, no one else had commented yet, but now I see the other comments and so I have to say that I had originally typed ". . . yum?" just the same as Ashley had!

5:39 PM  
Blogger Elinor said...

Oh man, you need to get the book Sinfully Vegan. It's a vegan dessert book. I've never made anything ick out of it and it uses agar in some recipes. Definitely worth it.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Specs said...

Damn, that cake sounds good. And Happy Birthday, M!

Have you guys been to Gianna's yet? Last time I was in Philly, TB and I went just to get their "famous" cheesesteaks. He was impressed, I wasn't. I think they're just frying up TVP and covering it with cheese. I mean, it was good -- as anything covered in cheese is -- but I remember eating cheesesteaks, and this was no Philly cheesesteak.

Oh, and they have vegan desserts that look amazing. Only you have to deal with the fact that the place looks like your generic (read: not immaculate) sub shop with lots of band posters on the walls. I liked the atmosphere, but I think it puts some people off.

Thus ends my restaurant review :)

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Gina said...

My little sister made some vegan chocolate cupcakes the other day and they were really truly the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. I don't know about the agar, though.

1:14 AM  
Anonymous naomi said...

I've made decent vegan frosting with chocolate and soymilk. (And sugar, I think, or raspberry jam.) You might also check out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which has a lot of frosting options.

6:48 PM  

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