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 Post subject: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:49 am 
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My husband's department hosts a bimonthly meeting where various members bring in dessert. For the past two years I have made pumpkin cookies and they are a hit--people have even requested them for the cookie exchanges; however, this year I want to bring in something different. There are some adamant vegan naysayers in the group this year and I really want to bring in a dessert that obliterates the silly preconceptions that vegan food/dessert isn't as good as non-vegan food.

I really need some suggestions, ideas, favorite recipes with wow factor--I need decadent, think diabetic coma!

I figured cupcakes or cookies would be the easiest for serving 18 people. What are your favorite tried and true dessert recipes that have omnis begging for more?

I was considering Fauxstess Cupcakes from Isa or Chloe Coscarelli. Anyone try both recipes? Which recipe do you prefer? Or perhaps Chloe Coscarelli's Ginger Nutmeg Spice Cupcakes, but I have not heard much about them. Again would love to hear any and all suggestions!

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:22 am 
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The coconut lime cupcakes from VCTOTW are also awesome, especially if you do the decorations like in the picture with the flaked coconut and slice of lime.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:38 am 
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I made a layer cake w/ peanut butter cake & chocolate cake, peanut butter cream frosting, ganache, garnished w/ chicosticks for a friend's birthday years ago. I was the only vegan in a very vegan unfriendly area. This cake solidified my place as the official cake maker for my group of friends. All recipes were adapted from vctotw.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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To me, whoopie pies say both 'delicious' and 'diabetic coma'. I made them a couple years ago using spinach puree (it was undetectable) in the soft cookie shells, I think I combined Jerry Seinfield's wifes idea from her vegetable puree book and then must have been some vegan whoopie pie recipe I would have got off the internet. Maybe I shallhave to make them again, they were wonderful and went fast.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:56 pm 
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I made the banana split cupcakes from vctotw, except into a two-layer round cake. (doubled the cupcake recipe) then used the vanilla frosting for filling and on top and swirled it up nice and high like frosting, then poured the ganache right on top and then covered it in walnuts, sprinkles and maraschino cherries. it was suuuuper impressive and decadent and looked like a giant sundae. i suggest that.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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The fruit tart from VPiTS is amazing and will wow anybody. Two 10" tarts would probably be enough. You could also do mini tarts, which would be adorable.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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I would make a VPITS pie. The balsamic raspberry pie (or whatever it is called) is my mum's favourite recipe ever. She makes it for her very omni friends. I also can't imagine anyone disliking Smlove (from Veganomicon).


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:08 pm 
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Whoopie pies are a good idea! So decadent, fun, and people would be really surprised that they are vegan! Also easy to make/serve for a big crowd.

I have gotten really really really good feedback when I make chocolate cupcakes with Peanut butter buttercream in the middle, on top, and drizzled with a ganache. (all from VCTOTW). They look pretty fancy. Not too hard to make. They taste awesome. There are some really amazing cupcakes in that book, but I usually go back to these. Its all about the double processed dutch cocoa powder.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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the coconut lemon bundt cake from v'con is also very impressive and quite easy given there's no assembly or frosting. The lower fat chocolate bundt is great too, and can easily be made more decadent by the addition of chocolate ganache. ok, so you can tell I'm into bundt cakes lately.

I've also had a lot of success with a cupcake bar for co-workers. I made chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, mint, pb and chocolate buttercreams (all from vctotw) and had people assemble their own preferred combinations. That may or may not be practical, but people were still talking about it years later.

I've made the fauxstess cupcakes from vwav and they're very good, but hard to keep neat during transport.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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Dave the Cat wrote:
The coconut lime cupcakes from VCTOTW are also awesome, especially if you do the decorations like in the picture with the flaked coconut and slice of lime.


This! I made these cupcakes over a year ago and took them to my mom at her work. She shared them with her co-workers (all of which are non-vegans). And to this day, when I go in there is one woman who asks me every time about these cupcakes and when will I make them again.

The cardamom cupcakes in VCTOTW are very good but some people can be picky about the cardamom taste. I think its amazing. The Tiramisu cupcakes are great too and are very attractive when you decorate like the picture.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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Thank you for the ideas and recipe reviews!

Dave the Cat wrote:
The coconut lime cupcakes from VCTOTW are also awesome, especially if you do the decorations like in the picture with the flaked coconut and slice of lime.


I have always wanted to make these and never have. Hmmm, this may be my pick.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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lavawitch wrote:
The fruit tart from VPiTS is amazing and will wow anybody. Two 10" tarts would probably be enough. You could also do mini tarts, which would be adorable.


I came here to post this. Esme brought it to a potluck while she was testing for VPiTS and it was gorgeous and so delicious. I've never seen a prettier tart - like a work of tart.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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The peanut butter pillows from VCIYCJ are amazing and impressive, if you're ok with doing cookies. But I like aiee's idea of a cupcake bar best!

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:28 pm 
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Strawberry Basil Balsamic Ice Cream from my book. People buy the book after trying it.

I know, it sounds strange, but the balsamic takes it to this whole gourmet level.

Or you could do Raspberry Chocolate Chip Frozen Yogurt. Or Avocado Ice Cream. Those will give you red and green colors for the holidays. The Strawberry Basil Balsamic is more pinky.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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Tofulish wrote:
lavawitch wrote:
The fruit tart from VPiTS is amazing and will wow anybody. Two 10" tarts would probably be enough. You could also do mini tarts, which would be adorable.


I came here to post this. Esme brought it to a potluck while she was testing for VPiTS and it was gorgeous and so delicious. I've never seen a prettier tart - like a work of tart.


Hmmm, I wonder if it would be overkill to do two desserts...These tarts sound perfect. I don't know why, but I always feel the pressure to overly represent and prove to everyone that vegan food is amazing. People hold on to so many misconceptions about vegan food and it drives my husband and I crazy!

Thanks again for all of the suggestions.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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The Raspberry Blackout cake in VWAV always is a hit for me. Even people who don't think they like raspberry plus chocolate love it.


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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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my aunt actually gave me money to make her a batch of the white chocolate cranberry biscotti (i think it's from VCTOtW)

::edit:: also, those lacey macadamia caramel cookies in the same book would be a really nice wow cookie to bring.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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joyfulgirl wrote:
The Raspberry Blackout cake in VWAV always is a hit for me.

Yes, I would say that one always impresses.

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 Post subject: Re: Dessert with wow factor for a 18 stubborn omnis, help!
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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
joyfulgirl wrote:
The Raspberry Blackout cake in VWAV always is a hit for me.

Yes, I would say that one always impresses.


Agreed!


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