7 November, 2014
An Elmo themed vanilla birthday cake (whole wheat, eggless, natural colors)Comments : 35 Posted in : eggless cakes on by : apsara Tags: healthy vegan cake, natural black icing color, natural frosting colors, natural ornage color icing, natural red color icing, vegan white cake, whole wheat vanilla cake
What’s special about this cake? Not just that it is for a cute little munchkin, a friend’s kid who loves Elmo.
This is my first vanilla-flavored birthday cake. I was able to decorate it with no synthetic food colors, just homemade plant-based colors! Using natural colors was not a criterion, but I wanted to see if it could be worked out. My friend only wanted a non-chocolate cake, and so I took this opportunity to optimize a recipe for a basic vanilla whole wheat cake.
Till yesterday, I did not think it was possible to get a bright red color in frosting. Tried boiled cranberries, but it did not work. I have used natural pink color from beets before, and read on the internet that it can make red too. It was time to test that! I juiced a beet and reduced the juice by boiling, and voila! There it was, a nice red frosting with the humble beet.
What about Elmo’s orange color nose? Surely carrots would work, wouldn’t they? Yes, they did. 🙂 And they both taste delicious!
Wait, what about the black? Any amount of chocolate yields only brown. And guess what came to my rescue, while I was frantically searching for a natural black color… black-strap molasses! This discovery really made me giddy with joy. 🙂
This white cake can be easily made vegan by substituting regular yogurt with soy yogurt.
Elmo themed vanilla cake
For basic 8″ square vanilla cake:
whole wheat pastry flour- 2 cup
sugar- 3/4 cup
baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp.
baking soda- 1/2 tsp.
yogurt- 1 cup (2% or fat free)
canola oil- 1/2 cup
vanilla- 1 1/2 tsp.
* Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
* Mix wet ingredients in another bowl, add dry to wet in portions.
* Bake at 350 °F for 35 minutes or till a knife inserted in the middle comes clean.
Ingredients for frosting:
organic Spectrum shortening- 2 cups
powdered sugar- about 2 lb.
water- as needed
red – beet juice concentrate
orange- carrot juice concentrate
black- melted dark chocolate and black-strap molasses
brown- cocoa powder