17 Jun 2012

happy father's day

sorry in advance: i haven't posted in awhile, this isn't raw, and the pictures are bad. BUT ANYWAY...

i hope your dad enjoyed his day! mine did. it was sunny here for most of the day, some friend's visited, greg made a great breakfast, we bought a new barbeque and grilled veggies, and i made him a cake.

oh... and he got to eat meat -.- hmph! seriously though, if this was 2 years ago... the fact that my dad eating meat on father's day was a big deal and a treat for him would be pretty much unbelievable. i'm so happy we've come this far. i'm very proud of my family.

anyways - cake.


two of my dad's fave things are marzipan and chocolate (two others are beer and BMW motorcycles). so i made him a chocolate cake with marzipan and chocolate frosting. it's baked, but i used organic whole wheat flour and raw sugar. yay!


it was... very good. if you love cake - make this! :) i used a recipe that was already on the blog.


Chocolate Cake (with chocolate and marzipan frostings): makes 1 cake

2 cups cashew milk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup cane sugar/brown sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract 

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cocoa/cacao 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp (or more) each of cayenne, ginger and cinnamon powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients from first list together, and let sit for 5 minutes. Sift in other ingredients and mix until smooth. Taste it... yes. Orgasmic, probably because of the straight-up sugar. 
Pour evenly into two circular cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes, but check it yourself every few minutes after 20 minutes or so. (while they're baking, make the frostings)
When they look done, do the tooth-pick test to see if it comes out clean. Let them sit out in the pans for 10 minutes or so, and then naked on a cooling rack for like 5 minutes.
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Chocolate frosting:
1 cup cashew milk
1/2 cup softened Earth Balance 
2/3 cup cocoa/cacoa 
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
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Marzipan frosting
1/4 cup cashew milk
1/2 cup softened Earth Balance 
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups marzipan
1/2 teaspoon salt

(Make each frosting in their own bowl.) mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate until the cakes are ready to be iced. use the marzipan in the middle of the two cakes, then frost the rest with the chocolate frosting. yahoo! 

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in other news - check out this thing! it's called "cleanse america". it's a 10-day raw food (or liquid if you prefer) cleanse taking place from june 20th to june 29th and there's 1,000,000 americans participating! it's really exciting to see initiatives like that this one gaining followers. i think i'll take part too, even though i live in canada. but i think this will be the perfect preparation for my 21-day water fast. i can do a mainly liquid, 100% raw cleanse for 10 days, then my fast. 

gah im so stoked!!! i know my parents aren't particularly keen on my decision to do this but it's my life and i have a good head on my shoulders (thanks in part to mom and dad!) if i start to lose too much weight or anything else seems funny, then i will stop! 
simple as that.
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