Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Chocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie CrustChocolate Chip Vegan Cheesecake with Chocolate Cookie Crust

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I’ve tried my hand at vegan cheesecake once or twice, but they always kind of left me feeling really meh about them and not feeling like they could pass for a ‘real’ cheesecake, if put to a taste test. One of my main goals here in this space is to make vegan desserts that a.) could beat their non-vegan counterpart anytime and (more…)

Vegan Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Vegan Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Vegan)Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (Vegan)

When I was growing up and first exploring baking, my mom would always say ‘I smell something, you better check it!’ when I was waiting for a cake or a batch of cookies to bake. In typical ‘Oh mom’ fashion, I would always say ‘No way, it has a ways to go!’, pop open the oven, and sure enough..it would be done. Moms always know best, don’t they? This was the exact case for this vegan Italian cream cake recipe that I’ve been wanting to conquer for a while, (more…)

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Pull out your apples and vanilla extract, it’s time to start the fall baking!

Usually this time of year starts the pumpkin craze and things start quickly speeding towards the ‘dangerously close to the holidays’ territory. For me, I like to take a beat and enjoy the idea of baking without sweating my butt off (hi summer heat!) and enjoying all the cozy flavors like cinnamon, spice, apples and, occasionally, pumpkin. I won’t include holiday baking in here, but mainly focusing on the nice in-between season of baking that involves just baking to bake and enjoying the late summer/early fall bounty that is popping up everywhere. Ok, spatulas ready? Let’s do it!

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Chocolate Doughnuts with Ginger Spice and Chocolate Glaze– Let’s start with donuts! Ginger just makes me think of fall and all those spiced flavors, so candied ginger just takes things one step further. Chocolate is a clear winner in all dessert situations, obviously.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Maple Pecan and Dark Chocolate Vegan Cinnamon Rolls- Homemade cinnamon rolls are way easier than you think and maple just brings this into fall baking territory. Swap out pecans for another nut if you want to, but I think this is the culmination of decadent and perfect brunch fare for a fall meal.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Caramel Apple Crisp Ice Cream– Ice cream doesn’t seem like a logical pick for cooler months, but really, I’ll eat ice cream any dang time. Adding in crispy crunch and a swirl of caramel sauce takes using up apples to another level. Put this on top of some actual apple pie for a totally weird pie-on-pie situation!

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Vegan Apple Pie Biscuits– These came from the genius mind of Joy The Baker, so I can’t take credit for these beauties. I took these to a food blogger potluck last fall and watched them disappear before we could even get out the ice cream for topping.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Caramel Apple Crisp with Streusel Topping– Another apple crisp! The topping to filling ratio is perfect on this one, since I like to always have maximum crunchy topping in a fruit crisp, so warm this up, top with vanilla ice cream and call it done.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Apple Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting–  The frosting is what really makes this cake, along with the fact that this was one of my co-workers favorites to date and is pretty easy to bring together in an afternoon. Double up to make a pretty layer cake or keep it the same and try not to eat all the cream cheese like frosting before finishing the cake.

Fall Baking: Cakes, Crisps and Everything In-Between

Pepita and Pecan Pie Pumpkin Bread– Finally, some pumpkin! I mashed together two favorites, pecan pie and pumpkin for the ultimate fall bread. This loaf was gone in less than a week and is perfect toasted and with a smear of vegan butter before inhaling.

Apple Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Vegan Frosting

Apple Spice Cake with Coconut Cream Vegan Frosting

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I made this cake last week in anticipation of the fall weather that’s on the horizon and chill that would be in the air soon, but today it was in the 80’s here, so what gives? Regardless of the crazy temperatures, I spied apples at the farmer’s market a few weeks ago, so I knew it was time to cross an apple cake recipe off my list of recipes. Spiced apple cake has been a recipe that I’ve been wanting to make for a few seasons now, but just hadn’t gotten around to it yet, since most of the fall season recipes get overshadowed by all things pumpkin and not enough apple! I took this cake (more…)

Vegan Russian Tea Cakes

Vegan Russian Tea Cakes

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If you have hazelnuts in your cupboard, just hanging out casually, go ahead and do yourself a favor and just make these, make them! I made these little cookies because I found them in a cookbook from long ago, needed to use up the rest of my hazelnuts, and really just wanted some easy cookies to have in the house this week. Although I had to do a little tweaking to the original recipe, these turned out so much better than I anticipated and now I’m dreaming of all the other nut/flavor combos I can dream up soon! I know these hazelnut cookies are called tea cakes, but honestly, I’ve been inhaling them before/after dinner and as an after work snack, so to me, they are anytime cookies at this point. The texture of these (more…)