Last Saturday we celebrated my nephew Jayden’s 1st birthday. In his honor I decided to make him a special birthday cake using only raw and vegan ingredients. As challenging as it was, I was determined to succeed. For a week I collected ideas and tips from raw food cookbooks and online recipes. I wanted his cake to be one of a kind and I landed on Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Frosting and Strawberries filling in the middle.
For the chocolate layers I mixed up dates with almond flour, coconut oil, cacao powder and vanilla bean. For the white chocolate frosting I mixed soaked cashews with raw agave nectar, coconut oil, cacao butter, vanilla bean and sunflower lecithin. While the layers and frosting were relatively easy to whip up, what took the most effort was the assembly. It practically consumed the better part of a day to make the cake because each layer and frosting had to be frozen separately with 2 hour setting time in between.
Once the cake was all set, the hardest part began – decorating. As a novice to cake decorating, I literally created my masterpiece as I went about each detail. A cake decorating set came really handy although washing of the chocolate from the feeding bag was a nightmare. I need to figure out another way for utilizing chocolate as decoration in the future.
Somehow everything turned out much better than my expectations. Not only did the cake look adorably cute but it was very delicious. I’ve never had raw vegan cake in my life and this one truly impressed my senses. The rich, moist chocolate was well paired with the light, fluffy frosting while the strawberries added a refreshing note to the tongue. As you’ll see from the video compilation below, everyone seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. Baby Jayden, being such a picky eater, had no problem taking bites of his cake. That made my day. If baby Jayden loved his raw vegan birthday cake then I’ve succeed.
One thing is sure…in our family we no longer will be buying the traditional fattening, sugar-packed, artificially-colored and flavored cakes. Jayden’s birthday cake proved that “you can have your [raw] cake and eat it too…guilt-free.”
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