Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hey Everyone! I hope you all are enjoying this Christmas time with your family and friends. :-) I just wanted to do a quick video to show you what I'm up to while getting ready for some Christmas cheer. I have an awesome recipe for you from The Tolerant Vegan. The delectable treat is a Cranberry Pecan Sheet Cake...oh my gosh, I'm still drooling over how delicious this dessert is! I'll leave the recipe below the video. Have a Merry Christmas Everyone!

Cranberry Pecan Sheet Cake

Cake ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread
  • 1 1/2 cups refined sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar (I didn't have white so I used apple cider vinegar)
  • 2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen, chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
Frosting ingredients:
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup dairy-free cream cheese, softened (I used Trader Joe’s This is Not a Tub of Cream Cheese)
  • 1/3 cup Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mix together the Earth Balance and refined sugar on low-medium speed until combined. Stir in the applesauce, almond milk and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, whisk together the baking powder, baking soda, sea salt and flour. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on low-medium speed until fully combined. Stir in the vinegar and then gently fold in the cranberries, pecans, and orange zest. Pour the batter into a 9×13″ pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick can be inserted and removed cleanly. Allow the cake to cool completely before adding the frosting. To make the frosting, place all ingredients in a bowl and mix on low-medium speed until combined. Spread the frosting on the cake and take a big bite!

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