This Caramel Fig Vanilla Layer Cake has gorgeous layers of vegan buttercream, date caramel, and fluffy cake. Plus, it’s topped with fresh figs!
It’s nearly that time of year again. Yes, my birthday is just around the corner! Or the weekend, rather. Either way, I post up a fun recipe for you all, each year, and this one is no different. In the past I’ve shared Apple Pie Cupcakes, Mac and Cheese Nachos, my signature Buffalo Chickpea Mac and Cheese, a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, and a Coconutty Carrot Cake.
This year, I’ve got a cute, lil’ caramel fig vanilla layer cake! Let’s start with the caramel, it’s not one of the traditional variety; instead it’s a mixture of dates, coconut milk, and salt. So, you get a sweet, fatty, but slightly salty flavor, that’s delicious but a little healthier. This date-caramel is used as filling in the layers and to top the cake!
Next, we have the vanilla cake that’s moist (yeah, I said it), fluffy, and has the most pleasant aroma. These cake layers are made with the help of Ripple Foods’ Unsweetened Vanilla Milk, which makes it easier to control the sweetness. I’ve reviewed this newer product of their’s before, and LOVE it! When you add apple cider vinegar to it, it makes the richest vegan buttermilk, which I used here.
To dress up the outside, I made a basic vegan buttercream with a vegetable shortening/powdered sugar base! I find that shortening stands up best to room temperature and piping. Sometimes, vegan butter is just too soft, or too salty. Lastly, this cake is adorned with fresh figs for a nice pop of color and flavor.
Truly, I used to bake SO often, and usually just for fun or friend’s birthdays. Now, it happens a decent amount, but not the pretty piped frosting-type-things that are special. Hence, my semi-poor piping skills. But, that’s just rustic or something, right? 😉 And while I piped “little flowers” around the cake, you can do whatever you want! Maybe use that frosting to put more on the cake walls, then drip the caramel over the top? Play with it! (not before a party, though, I’ve made that mistake)
This caramel fig vanilla layer cake recipe also converts into a 12-cupcake recipe! If you do this, I would make them like the Apple Pie cupcakes mentioned earlier; and follow that frosting recipe since it’s a little smaller. To be honest, I may make some cupcakes to go with this cake, for my birthday gathering!
To find Ripple’s plant-based milks near you, use their store locator. I find them at my local Target, Sprout’s, and Whole Foods!
This Roasted Broccoli Pasta Salad is perfect for bringing to gatherings! It’s full of flavor, and very allergy-friendly.
Oh dear, it’s the last day of August and that means tomorrow, September starts! Excuse me, while I have a meltdown thinking about how there are only 4 months left in 2017. What this also means, is that it’s Labor Day weekend! So, at least we have that to look forward to?
Given the holiday, I’m sure there will be plenty of gatherings and eats to be had. So, I thought I’d prepare this extra-delicious roasted broccoli pasta salad for you! Double or triple the recipe if you’re going to a big gathering, oooorrrrr if you want to be selfish and keep a bunch at home. I won’t judge, either way.
And while you’re enjoying your weekend, I’ll be stopping by Vegan Street Fair Nights on Friday, then going to a wedding dinner and wedding the rest of the weekend. Oh, and of course, working on the cookbook; because that is my life. Well, to be honest, I’ll probably be making this again because I REALLY enjoyed it and ate it all for dinner, last night. 😀
Let’s go over some of the reasons why this was so enjoyable: roasted veggies are the best, GoGo Quinoa Super Grains Fusilli Pasta is hearty and allergy-friendly, and the dressing is light and tangy, without being soupy. Plus, it comes together in under 30 minutes! Yes, it’s better refrigerated for a bit, but I truly ate half of it before getting that far.
To focus on the main ingredient for a bit, this GoGo Quinoa Super Grains Pasta is so legit! The company is Canadian, and will now have the 2.2 pound-Fusilli pasta in Northern California Costco locations. If you’re not in that area, you can check out their site to shop a ton of gluten-free, vegan products! I have a few flours, grains and pastas in my possession and am pretty damn excited about it.
More specifically, excited by the amazing texture of their Super Grains Fusilli! It’s made of organic sorghum flour, organic white quinoa flour, organic amaranth flour, and organic chia flour; quite a combo, if you ask me! And they cook to al dente in 9 minutes. Much faster than some of the other gluten-free pastas I’ve tried. I can’t wait to use the rest in some cheese sauce for vegan mac, this week.