Strawberry-Stuffed Citrus Sponge Cake Roll Up

Photo Cred: Ivy Becker

Roll up to your next dinner party with this sweet, drool-worthy dessert. Stuffed with strawberry jam, homemade buttercream and fresh citrus, it’s a tangy treat that will surely impress guests—plus, they’ll never guess it’s made without eggs or dairy! If you’ve never made a gourmet-style recipe like this, don’t worry because it’s fairly easy to make. All it takes is a little bit of patience and you’ll have a perfect roll up cake in no time!

Photo Cred: Ivy Becker

Yields 1 cake; around 10 slices

Ingredients

Cake:

1 cup granulated sugar

3 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 6 Tbsp. Water

3/4 cups all-purpose organic flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 tsp. almond extract

1/4 tsp. Vitacost Fine Himalayan Pink Salt

2/3 cup strawberry jam

1 Tbsp. orange zest, garnish

Butter cream frosting:

1.5 cups Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, room temperature

4.5 cups powdered sugar

2.5 tsp. water

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla

 

Directions

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat the egg replacer and sugar together for 1-2 minutes. Add the orange juice and almond extract. Beat until combined.
  4. Add the flour, salt and baking powder into the batter, until fully combined.
  5. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake for 11-16 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of a towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to prevent the cake from sticking. Carefully flip the cake pan on top of the parchment paper. Remove the parchment paper and throw away.
  7. Tightly roll the towel with the cake into a log shape and allow to cool for 30 minutes or until room temperature.

Butter cream:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and half of the powdered sugar until combined. Add the vanilla and remaining powdered sugar and mix until frosting forms; about 3-4 minutes.

Assembly:

  1. Carefully unroll the log and spread the frosting in a single layer. Cover the frosting with the strawberry jam.
  2. Re-roll the cake back up into a log shape.
  3. Frost the cake with the remaining butter cream and top with orange zest and mint leaf.
  4. Place in freezer for the butter cream to set for 1-2 hours or overnight for best results.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

Chef’s tip: Move quickly when cooling this cake, or it will crack and break when you go to roll it.

 

 

Supreme Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo Credit: Ivy Becker

Crunchy, delectable, dunk-able—now that’s the triple threat for cookie connoisseurs (like me!). If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty, try these vegan-friendly chocolate chip cookies. And when you’re craving a little more, use your creativity to enhance the already-delicious flavor and texture profile of these nutritious treats. Simply add your favorite fix-ins, such as nuts, seeds or dried fruits, to the cookie dough and bake

Photo Cred: Ivy Becker

Yields 44 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks, room temperature

1 cup Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar

2 Tbsp. Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer + 4 Tbsp. Water, mixed

2 1/2 cups King Arthur Organic Flour

2 tsp Plain Almond Milk

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp Simply Organic Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Vitacost Himalayan Pink Salt

2 cups Vitacost Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini-Chips

Optional: 1 cup peanuts or walnuts, chopped

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine your butter and sugar together. Cream the mixture until smooth consistency. Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, egg replacer mixture and set aside.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture to your wet mixture, stirring until all of the flour mixture is thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and the optional nuts of your choice, do not over mix or break chocolate chips.
  5. Roll the dough into 1/2 in diameter balls, and place onto a baking sheet. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Chef’s tip: Melt some additional chocolate. Once your cookies are cool to the touch, dunk one side and place on parchment paper to harden in fridge.

Chef’s tip: Substitutions** If you do chose to use a gluten free flour, you may have to press the cookie down with a fork to flatten. You may also switch out the organic cane sugar for coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or any sugar of your choice.