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  • bakerbyproffession
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    Recipe for writing icing?

    Posted By: bakerbyproffession In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    I work in an all-oragnic, all-natural bakery, and a lot of our recipes cater to vegan's. However, we have no good recipe for a vegan icing that is thick enough to write on a cake with. I recently made a vegan chocolate ckae and the customer wanted 'Happy Birthday' written on it. Well, on non-vegan cakes I will use cream cheese icing, royal icing or chocolate ganache. However, our vegan cream cheese icing is too thin, because tofutti doesn't whip up the same way as dairy. I can't use vegan ganache because the cake is iced with gananche. I tried to dye the gananche darker but we don't use any unnatural food colorings and there is no plant-based dye that will get a chocolate icing any darker. Royal icing uses eggs, which obviously are out. I tried a paste made of lemon juice and powdered sugar, but it proved too runny. I have another order for a vegan cake which needs icing and it is due TOMORROW and I still have no idea what to use. Does anyone have a recipe for a vegan icing thick en...
  • Anna
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    Chocolate candy molds

    Posted By: Anna In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    I'd like to use some candy molds to make chocolate decorations for birthday cupcakes. I was thinking of a pirates and princesses theme. There are some neat Wilton molds, but the melts are not vegan. I was wondering what brands of chocolate would be best to make small skull and crossbones and princess crowns. I saw some white chocolate chips on the vegan essentials website, but the reviews seemed mixed. Any suggestions? When I do find some white chocolate, can I color them with food coloring or is there another way you are supposed to color chocolate? Also, is there a brand of dark chocolate that would be recommended for using these molds? Maybe I could make the main part in dark chocolate and use white chocolate for the accents. I need them to taste good because I don't want anyone saying that vegan stuff is yucky... hahaha. Thanks in advance! Anna...
  • cottagecupcakeco
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    Perfect vanilla cupcakes?

    Posted By: cottagecupcakeco In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    Hello folks! I've recently been experimenting with various vanilla cupcake recipes. I've tried VCTOTW's oil and margarine method, as well as the "100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes" vanilla muffins recipe. They never turn out as fluffy or wonderful in texture as the others do. Does anyone have a never-fail vanilla cupcake recipe? I'm up for trying just about anything Thanks! Jenny....
  • nickispider
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    Vegan Brownies

    Posted By: nickispider In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    Does anybody have a recipe for vegan brownies that actually comes out like a brownie? I've tried countless different recipes and they all end up like cake. If I wanted chocolate cake I would have baked one! The only recipe I've made the comes close to the dense, chewy, moist brownies I'm looking for had flax and it reminded me to much of eating dirt. Any suggestions?...
  • beckyk
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    Wedding Cake

    Posted By: beckyk In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    OK...so maybe I got a little excited, but I offered to make my little cousin's wedding cake next spring. The good thing is she's veg, so that helps. Anyone have any cake tips or suggestions for me? I haven't baked a large vegan cake yet so I'm wondering if I need to be aware of any issues. I plan on starting to test cake flavors soon....
  • Mattie
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    What's your all-time favorite dessert?

    Posted By: Mattie In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    I'm a huge cookie and pie fan although I have to say that brownies is my all time favorite dessert. This site's forums would be useless if we didn't pop the question: What's your favorite vegan dessert? So what is it? And while you're at it, submit the recipe to our 'Submit a Recipe' link so we can all try it. -mattie...
  • beckyk
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    Soggy bottomed apple struedel

    Posted By: beckyk In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    My apple struedel made with phyllo became soggy relatively soon after making them. I'm thinking I made a couple of mistakes. First, I forgot to line my pan with parchment paper, and secondly I think I was too eager to plate the struedels and they were just too warm becoming soggy when served. Anyone have any insight on this problem? :unsure: Today I made up for my baking mistakes and made a lovely batch of banana cupcakes with caramel frosting topped with chopped walnuts! :woohoo:...
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    Why my cakes so dense, soggy??

    Posted By: payling In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    I need help! Can someone tell me why my vegan cakes (without eggs) always turn out dense, soggy (wet), and not crumble? I make sure I don't overmix and I follow the recipes accordingly. Is it because of the flour??...
  • julie
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    Vegan baking cookbooks?

    Posted By: julie In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    Ok, so stumbling on this site made my day :woohoo: and now I'm excited to start baking again. In addition to this website, what vegan baking cookbooks do people recommend? I know many vegan cookbooks that don't specialize in baking still have baking sections. Any ones that have good baking sections that people recommend so I can start making some good stuff? Thanks, Julie...
  • aninanny
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    Dry bread

    Posted By: aninanny In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    I've just started baking banana nut bread for my vegan sweetheart. I found the recipe on your website. Compared to the kind I'd made before using eggs and shortening, it's terribly dry and without much flavor. Is there anything I can do to make it more moist and tasty?...
  • Mattie
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    What baking tool can you not live without?

    Posted By: Mattie In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    When I moved from San Francisco to Brooklyn the flight attendant at the front desk of the airport mentioned that I could save money by moving some of the stuff from one of my bags to the other. This way I could be under a certain weight limit with both suitcases. So I ended up moving my food processor to another suitcase. She looked at me puzzled and said that was the first time she noticed anyone taking a food processor with them anywhere. I have a special relationship with my food processor- it's helped me out so much in the kitchen. So what baking tool can you not live without? -mattie...
  • Mr. Pants
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    Regular flour vs pastry flour vs cake flour?

    Posted By: Mr. Pants In Ask a Vegan Baker
    more than a month ago
    What's the difference between regular flour, pastry flour and cake flour? I'm curious because I know cake flour is obvs easier to make cakes with but I'm unclear as to why. :dry: -mr.pants...