A vegan gluten free cake with a light and fluffy frosting.
So I know it’s January and I’m supposed to be posting healthy things. There’s plenty of kale behind the scenes to be sure, but today I wanted cake.
I get excited about kale, and I get excited about cake too. Cause, you know, I’m human and humans tend to have diverse tastes. Btw kale salad washed down with moonshine makes a really good nighttime snack. What? They both came from the good brown earth, and one of them just happened to get distilled into a harsh little spirit that’s perfect for warming up in the winter.
Other things that keep you warm in the winter:
Snugglin’ (uh – duhhhh).
Blankets + good books + cake 🍰
This was supposed to be a segue into talking about cake, but now I want to talk bout books. What have you liked lately? I just finished The Library at Mount Char. I don’t know what to think of it. It was absorbing for sure, kinda dark, but my mind isn’t made up about the central character. Another book I loved this past year was Serena — again, great read, but I really disliked the main character by the end. If you saw the Serena movie, forget everything about it and read the book. Some movies pull off books really well, and this wasn’t one of ’em. I hear Girl on a Train is being made into a movie, and I feel the opposite that I do about Serena. It was one of those books that everyone waves in your face, imploring you to read it, and then when you do read it, it’s meh. But since I have a guilty pleasure of liking mild mystery-crime shows, I think I will enjoy the Girl on a Train movie. On Amazon, several months after it comes out. I don’t do movie theaters, it’s very hard to sit still for that long.
Okay, okay, onto the cake for real now. It’s soft and a little nutty, with some hints of warm caramel in there. It gives under the fork gently, allowing you to get a big scoop of the vegan meringue topping in the same bite. (thank you, chickpea water).
In addition to the big cloud of soft white fluff is a layer of peanut butter frosting — just a little pb and maple, a gooey compliment to the nuttiness of the cake.
Another thing that I love about this cake is that it reminds me that winter isn’t forever. Underneath all that frosting is a happy, soft cake. If y’all are not winter folk, just remember that beneath the deep snow is a warm earth waiting for spring.
snowdrift is from Wallflower Girl
cake adapted from the fall 2015 issue of Sweet Paul
P.S. I meant what I said when I asked for book suggestions, please let me know what you’re into right now. 💟