Tuesday, August 18, 2009

happy birthday...huh, what does that say?

remember the dot art at the mall? the stuff you had to squint at and you'd see something like a dolphin or a unicorn? my 42K college education informed me this was called pointillism, but i'll just call it dot-art. seurat was the best known artist for this method. television is a series of dots too, in case you didn't know. well, i don't know if the TV functions on pointillism anymore now that we have HD stuff. wait--am i getting side tracked? look at the damn cake. if you squint hard enough, you'll see happy birthday....?!?!?! it should really say alex, but i prefer to call him--well, you can read, right?

alex is my adorable brother-in-law. he's so not vegan, but i made him a vegan birthday cake for his special day anyway. i cheated and used a box mix. here's a not-so-secret-secret: most commercial box mixes are vegan. chemical, but vegan and come in handy when you want to eat cakes with loved ones and don't have a ton of time. just check your labels for the obvious and not so obvious ingredients. when making the cake, just sub those eggs with blended silken tofu, use oil, and soy milk if applicable and you have a mega-moist cake. i think this flavor was triple fudge or something like that. it reminded me of a giant oreo cookie. my decorating skills are terrible, so i played up this cake wreck by telling him how i felt. i didn't have enough room to write, "please drive sober because i won't bail you out of jail" so i summed it up with a simple birthday greeting.
he happily ate the cake and took most of it home with him to share with his band mates.


Sal said...

Hey it's the thought that counts right!

Kidding, it looks cute!

pixiepine said...


Vinnie said...

At least give his band a plug: http://www.myspace.com/knifeyspoonie

Bianca said...

Ah ha! Silken tofu is the trick! I've always used Energy Egg replacer with boxed mixes and they just crumble when you slice them. I'll keep that in mind. I do have an emergency stash of Betty Crocker in the pantry. You never know when you'll need a cake in a hurry!

BTW, I was a Magic Eye champ! Those dot pictures were awesome, and I could always see the secret pic!