Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Chocolate... and more chocolate

Can't have too much of a good thing, right? :)

I'm still mucking about with some gluten-free cookies. Remember the Lemon Cornmeal Cookies? They actually started out as these Chocolate Chip Cornmeal Cookies (also gluten-free). I first wanted the chocolate chip cookies, but as I was making them I thought "mmmm, a lemony version of these would be wonderful".

Well, they're both delicious, and so both versions are keepers. I just have to find time to finalize the test versions and get the edits into my computer. It's been a busy few days. Some not so great things - but as for the very great things... one of my best friends had her third baby (so adorable)!! I made her Sniffle Soup and Maple Banana Bread. We also celebrated hubby's birthday on the weekend. I won't tell you how old he is, but here's a hint...

The girls helped decorate his cake. See the swirly blotchy bit to the left of the '3'? That was our younger girl pushing chocolate chips down the same spot in the cake repeatedly and me trying to patch it over! Our older girl made the '3 and 9'. She said "wow, dad... that's BIG!". :)

So, what's the cake? Well, I used my Chocolate Cream Frosting recipe from The Everyday Vegan, and an all-purpose vanilla cake recipe that will be in ED&BV.

This frosting pictured is the ultimate in chocolate frosting. Now, I've harped on about my Triple Layer Chocolate Cream Cake a few times now and have coaxed you to make it. So, finally... here's the last push you need... recipe is now posted! Enjoy - and try not to eat too much of the frosting before decorating your cake. :)


maybepigscanfly said...

Chocolate and cornmeal??? I guess I'm going to have to trust you on this one. Well I guess you can't really go wrong when you mix chocolate with anything.

I bet your girls had fun decorating the cake- especially with the chocolate chips!

Michelle said...

i love that cake, and that frosting does kick some serious ass! i couldn't believe that it has TOFU in it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dreena,

Perfect timing with the cake recipe posting - my DD turned two this week and we're having our party this weekend for her. I wanna make this, only I already promised her I'd make her a "very hungry caterpillar" cake. I was going to do this using bundt cakes - see - but I can't exactly make chocolate frosting green. Do you have any white/dyeable frosting (I have my natural food dyes all ready! ;)?
PS I already preordered your newest cookbook - can't wait to try that sniffle soup!

Anonymous said...

i have the book why i still don't make this cake? i can't wait to make it, looks so, so good!

Anonymous said...

i forgot! Happy birthday to your husband!!

Judy said...

What a cute '39', not to mention how tasty that cake looks. Thanks for posting the recipe.

funwithyourfood said...

i've just discovered the tofu frosting as well. it is SO good and creamy- just looking at these pics is giving me a toothache :)


Vegan_Noodle said...

Mmmm, chocolate frosting. Can't wait to see your new cake recipe! Happy birthday to your hubby!

Dreena said...

Teresa, I know it sounds a bit wonky, but the cornmeal is nubbly and nutty/earthy and it plays off well against the cocoa and sweet chocolate chips. I may add some orange rind next time because I love the choc/orange combo!

Thanks Michelle! :) As I've said before, it's icing that counts as protein!!

Hiya Lisa... sounds very cute - hungry caterpillar. Cute, cute. I have tried to make this frosting with white chips instead of dark choc. The white chips react differently, though, and don't set as firmly. So if you wanted to use white chips, I'd use about 2 1/2 cups (or more) for the 2 cups of silken tofu. You could always use a buttercream frosting... do you not want to use that kind of frosting? If not, e-mail me for another idea.

Thanks johanna, that's sweet.

Judy, they almost ate as many chocolate chips as they used to decorate for that 39! I kept saying "enough, guys, enough eating the chips". Such a mom thing to say...!

Thanks Teddy... I can never have enough of this icing on my cake. I often keep a little extra icing in a small container so I can add extra icing to my piece (or just scoop a spoonful here and there)!

Thanks from the hubby, vegan noodle. :)

urban vegan said...

hapy b'day, dreena's hubster. cute cake--what could be better than chocolate?

Anonymous said...

Awww Dreena, you're so sweet for posting this recipe! I just checked it out and Oh My! It looks scrumptious.

SoVeg said...

Mr. SoVeg <3's Chocolate

Rachael said...

Hi Dreena! I recently bought your Everyday Vegan cookbook and am loving the recipes. What is the 'unrefined sugar that is golden in color'? I have florida crystals but I don't think that's it! Happy birthday to your husband!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dreena,

I tried the cookies you make in the you-tube video and although I did not have all the ingredients (like black strap molasses) they were really great! I have just bought your book (Vive le vegan) and I am looking forward to try some of your wonderful recipes.

Greetings from Italy,