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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Chocolate Stout Cake w/ Irish Cream Frosting


We have a dear friend who loves Guinness. It was his birthday this past weekend, and I had every intention of making him a cake with the stout, only to discover that it's isn't exactly vegan. Although, from further research, it seems that the Extra Stout, brewed in Canada, is vegan! Basically, Guinness uses fish bladder as a filter for their normal stouts, and though there are no additional animal products, it isn't strictly vegetarian. But the Extra Stout, if you can find it, should be OK.

All the research aside, I found that Sam Adams Cream Stout is vegan. So, that was basically a win for us!

Once I'd secured a vegan stout, I had to start thinking about the frosting. Mostly, I wanted to stick with our theme and so I decided Bailey's would make a great addition. But, I needed to make a vegan Bailey's. And so, I found this one, by Oh She Glows, which is utterly fantastic.

The cake is really simple; I just replaced some of the liquid (soymilk) with some of the stout. You can't really taste it too much once the cake is baked, but I was afraid to up the amount of the stout and reduce more of the soymilk, since you need the curdling action to make the cake rise. I might play with this a bit more to see if I can get more of the stout taste, but most of the recipes I found called for a pound of butter - and even vegan, I can't condemn anyone to a cake made mostly of butter.

1 1/2 c soymilk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 c Sam Adams Cream Stout (or Guinness Extra Stout, brewed in Canada)
1 1/2 c sugar
2/3 c oil
3 tsp chocolate extract
2 c AP flour
2 tsp arrowroot starch
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the milk and the vinegar and set aside to curdle. Sift together all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add the stout to the curdled milk mixture, and then the sugar and oil. Stir in the chocolate extract.
Add the dry ingredients in two or three batches.

Line two cake pans with parchment paper on the bottom, and spray the sides of the pan. Pour the batter into the pans in equal amounts.

Bake for 35 -50 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.

6-8 oz non-Dairy cream cheese
1/4 c Baileys (see above link for recipe)
4 c confectionary sugar
2 tsps chocolate extract

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Adjust liquids for desired consistency.

1 comment:

  1. Where's the chocolate in the cake that makes yours so dark? I can see the stout having some effect but there must be something missing. Yes?