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 Post subject: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:35 pm 
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My husband's work is having a bakeoff at the end of October and we are going to enter something vegan. His team is big and full of fabulous bakers who are great at decorating and use loads of butter, cream, and eggs. I feel pretty intimidated! Do you wonderful PPKers have suggestions for a vegan recipe that could hold its own? I want to impress with originality and also have it taste delicious. My husband doesn't want to do something over the top chocolatey because he doesn't love chocolate (he nixed the Smlove pie). We were thinking a galaxy colored mirror glaze cake but I've never made one and I know they rely heavily on gelatin so it might fail and I don't have loads of time to trouble shoot. My best idea so far is Nanaimo bars that are really gussied up with spun sugar and other decorations on top.

Oh it also has to be easily transportable, as my husband takes BART to work.

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:14 pm 
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Oh god. I hope you and your husband are excited about this. I would start looking for another job if my office did this.

Tastewise the pineapple-macadamia-coconut-ginger carrot cake from VwaV is the one that people I know have raved about the most. I had a friend who was studying pastry in culinary school and who called me in a panic because she was out of eggs and needed a cake. I recommended that recipe to her and everyone at the party lost their minds over it and kept telling her that her time in culinary school had paid off. So. You know.

I have no idea about decoration. I would probably just give all hearing employees blindfolds and claim I was working in the tradition of Heston Blumenthal but with more OSHA regs.


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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2016 5:21 pm 
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Ha ha, paperweight! We are excited because it's voluntary, thankfully. We're using it as a chance to show off vegan baking.

Thank you for the cake suggestion! I am going to start baking this week to test different flavors and that one sounds unique and yummy.

The decorations I think I can figure out. It's more like I need something that's decorate-able. Like I can't do a whole lot with a tray of brownies but I can pipe a cake.

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
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Insanity bars/slutty brownies: bottom layer, chocolate chip cookie dough, middle layer, Oreos (preferably double stuff), top layer brownie batter. Bake. Not sure how decoratable that is.

Vegan Diner Strawberry Chocolate Pie or Banana Cream Pie.

Cupcakes with mini pies baked inside. Google bake it in a cupcake. I'd go with pumpkin pies baked in carrot cake, chai cake, spice cake, or vanilla cake; or cherry pie baked in chocolate cake.


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My husband has a bake off coming up too! He won the first round with Ida's chocolate chocolate cookies studded with dark choc, vegan white choc, and mini marshmallows.

For the final he is thinking a caramel and chocolate cake decorated with aquafaba meringues. We find that he does best when people don't realise the food is vegan, so using things like meringues and marshmallows helps!

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
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How did the competition turn out? What did you make? Did he win? We must know!

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
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It was postponed, so we have more time to practice! If you've got ideas keep em coming!

I haven't been able to try anything out in the last week because all my baking paraphernalia is packed. But I will be back with a vengeance in 2 weeks.

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vixki wrote:
My husband has a bake off coming up too! He won the first round with Ida's chocolate chocolate cookies studded with dark choc, vegan white choc, and mini marshmallows.

For the final he is thinking a caramel and chocolate cake decorated with aquafaba meringues. We find that he does best when people don't realise the food is vegan, so using things like meringues and marshmallows helps!

How did it go???

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
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Ha, my husbands bake off was postponed too! There was a cold going round last week so it's been put off till Monday now. He bakes the cake this weekend! I'll try to remember to get photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Brainstorming bakeoff competition ideas
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I second the carrot cake from VWAV. It is SO GOOD and no one would ever know it was vegan. The double chocolate cookies from the blog are excellent as well, don't let the simple ingredients fool you. I made them with roasted macadamia nuts once, they come out like brownie cookies...chewy and crunchy on the edges.

Let us know how it turns out!


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