Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dessert for Two - Sweet Coconut Chocolate Cake

This recipe is the perfect little treat to end a great vegan meal. Makes 2 cute little creme-brulee cakes.

The Cake:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup water

1 tsp chocolate syrup

1/4 tsp coconut extract

Mix all dry ingredients. Sift. Add oil, water, and vanilla extract. Add butter extract. Mix well. Add syrup, mix again. Spoon batter into small crème-brulee dishes. Cook in a pie pan with another dish, filled with water, for 30-35 minutes - a little undercooking is the key, here.

The Frosting:

Thanks to Susan V. at fatfreevegan.com for the inspiration for this frosting!

1/4 cup soymilk

1 1/2 tablespoon coconut milk cream

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 1/2 tablespoon water

1/2 cup coconut

1/4 cup pecans (optional)

Put first four ingredients into saucepan. (NB: to get the "cream" of the coconut milk, simply don't shake the can. Allow to sit overnight upright, and then scoop the cream off the top.) Mix cornstarch and water, add. Boil until the mixture thickens and becomes opaque. Remove from heat. Add coconut flakes and nuts, if desired.

Frost the cakes and sprinkle a little cocoa powder to serve. Buon appetito!

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