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Which dessert for my dad's bday?
Vegan Diner Chocolate Strawberry Pie 11%  11%  [ 4 ]
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting 31%  31%  [ 11 ]
Chocolate stout cake with malted butter cream 49%  49%  [ 17 ]
Boston cream pie (maybe with banana custard) 9%  9%  [ 3 ]
Other 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:18 pm 
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I know, I should just ask my dad what he'd like. But I have a very strong feeling he will say that all the ideas sound good and to make whatever I feel like! Help me decide!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:22 pm 
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The stout cake, and the boston cream pie is a close second.

You should also send these recipes to coldandsleepy.

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My favorite is the strawberry pie, except that strawberries are definitely past their prime.

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there's something about carrot cake that just says "Dad's birthday" to me.

May I add that it's awesome that your dad is so good natured and that you are awesome for baking for him!


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I voted carrot cake because that was my own dad's favorite. Totally unscientific!

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My dad would have wanted Boston cream pie with banana custard. Or really, just banana cream pie. But I voted for the chocolate stout. Very dad-ish.

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I once made my husband a chocolate cherry stout cake for his birthday and he still talks about it!


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tofucheez wrote:
there's something about carrot cake that just says "Dad's birthday" to me.


Yes. I voted carrot cake for this reason.

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I voted chocolate stout cake because that's what my dad would want. Science!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:31 pm 
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I voted for the chocolate stout cake, purely because that's what I want! Do you have a recipe you can share?

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The last time I made the chocolate stout cake was a couple years ago. I just googled "vegan chocolate stout cake" and used whatever recipe came up! That is what I planned on doing again. The frosting is just a basic vanilla butter cream (like the VCTOTW one) with malt powder from the brewing supply store added. I'm such a frosting freak that I don't really need to look at a recipe unless it's something very unusual.

I forgot to mention in the original post that it's sort of a family tradition to have champagne and cake. Ok, it's especially me and my dad who are obsessed with this combination and insist on it for every birthday and sometimes just do it because it's Tuesday evening! So while the stout cake seems to be winning, and my dad loves chocolate and beer, will that go with champagne?

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They all sound tasty, but I voted for chocolate stout cake because when I read malt frosting, my instinct was to start licking mu screen, because MALT FROSTING OMFG.


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I voted chocolate stout cake because it sounds delicious and that's what I would want! If I was thinking about my dad though, I would have chosen "other", because given the choice he likes stodgy apple stuff, like pies or crumbles.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:20 am 
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What if you made some sort of champagne icing for the stout cake. I think that'd actually be good.

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Ok, I've baked the chocolate stout cake and it's hanging out in the freezer waiting to be frosted. I love the idea of champagne icing, but how would that work? Mix champagne with powdered sugar and use as a glaze? I might have to experiment with that. But I've done the chocolate stout cake with malted frosting before and and I know they work together. Plus I'm craving that frosting now. If the cake and champagne don't go together we will just have to suffer and consume one and then the other. Thank you everyone for your votes and comments!

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I think the malted frosting sounds better for the cake, but if you're interested in playing with champagne frosting here is a recipe for champagne buttercream that I got from VegNews once upon a time. I've never actually tried it, though! It's from a recipe for strawberry pink champagne cupcakes, so I guess you'd just leave the strawberry puree out.

Champagne Buttercream

1/2 c margarine
1 1/2 Tb strawberry puree
3/4 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 c powdered sugar
3 Tb Champagne
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat margarine, strawberry puree and vanilla for one minute. Add powdered sugar and Champagne and beat for 2-3 minutes until very light and fluffy.


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Thanks for the recipe mandycoot. I'm definitely going with the malt frosting for this cake. If I try a champagne frosting in the future, it will go on a champagne and/or fruit cake of some sort some other time.

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