Here it is, the all-vegan birthday cake buffet and two-course dinner for my family and friends at my home-home (Fauerbach, near Frankfurt, my parents’ home and where I grew up). No big new recipes, sorry, but I wanted to share these lovely photos with you – maybe they motivate you to celebrate a vegan birthday as well : ) (If you wanna read more about my way to veganism, click here.)
It really took some time to do the research, decide about the recipes and what kind of food I wanted to make. It needed some planned shopping at different places cause I can’t buy all the fancy vegan things at my home-village like I can do in Berlin. And it required some patience to convince my parents that I will have a vegan birthday, and would – more importantly – turn their kitchen into a crazy mess for two days…
But the one and a half days of shopping and preparing, most of the time together with my Mum, were fun and even relaxing (as I mentioned in a previous post, preparing food is like a relax therapy for me).
I had about 15 people around over the day and we started with a cake buffet. This is the Triple C with a simple frosting made of margarine, icing sugar and raspberry syrup plus blueberries…
Chocolate! Vanilla! Tartlets! Perfect combination. I’ve always wanted to do a vegan ‘cheese cake’ variation, or better still, one with a chocolate dough, similar to ‘Russischer Zupfkuchen’ (= ‘Russian twitch cake’ – does this exist outside Germany? ; )). Anyway, I came up with these sweethearts.
Actually, when I look at this, there wasn’t much “cooking” involved, as they were all raw recipes that were simply warmed a little. But anyway, let’s start from the beginning: A friend, Therese, and I decided to arrange a vegan-cooking-&-eating-day taking the time to research recipes, buying all the fresh ingredients together, before cooking, preparing and decorating. Then, of course, eating all we made!
After being inspired by our favourite blogs, it was clear: Gazpacho (cold Spanish vegetable soup, made after Vegan Guerilla’s recipe) as a starter, zucchini-lasagna-rolls (from this (r)awesome blog) as a main, and healthy vegan chocolate lava cakes (adapted from the lovely Gluten-free Vegan Girl) it is!
So first we went shopping…
This is my favourite cake recipe – an easy, gooey chocolate cake that is ready in half an hour and takes you straight to chocolate heaven. I’ve played around a bit to figure out the perfect ratio and extra ingredients. The following version is the one I prefer and enjoy most.