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Bake and eat cake – vegan or dairy? Selfish or people pleaser? I cannot be both can I?

fairy victoria sponge cakes with raspberry jam and cream

fairy victoria sponge cakes with raspberry jam and cream

Oh my, I never thought I would find myself baking cakes… let alone four times in two weeks! The first go was a trial run of vegan chocolate cakes, then vanilla butter cup cakes – both disasters. But, I had a plan for the cakes, so invested in a set of scales (pretty green colour to suit my kitchen and all) so that I could measure the ingredients properly.

So, Sunday (day after Chris’ birthday) I baked some ‘proper’ vanilla cupcakes, filled them with raspberry jam and whipped cream and topped them with a fresh raspberry and hey presto he loved them and so did I. He got a birthday candle on his. I then got to thinking about making cakes for a living, but that lasted about a day, as I am no baker and doubt I would make much making mini Victoria sponges… Oh my wandering, changeable mind!!!

Today, I simply had to have another go at the chocolate vegan cakes, as we are all taking a cake tomorrow to college as it’s the last day of our counselling skills level 2 course (SAD L).

The remit was to bring any cake we want, but with the purpose to show/tell something about ourselves, like ‘I am a ??? cake because…’

vegan chocolate cup cakes with frosting and strawberries

vegan chocolate cup cakes with frosting and strawberries

Mine? I am a home made vegan cake in animal print cases (zebra, giraffe, leopard and tiger prints) because…

  • Too many shop bought cakes contain palm oil and I do not consume palm oil (for a few years now where I can help it) because the production of palm oil often harms or kills the Orangutans, wildlife and rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra…
  • I am trying to eat less meat and dairy as I love animals and hate seeing the abuse of animals in the meat and dairy production (although I have no promise to give it all up completely, I will be honest)…
  • And I am a ‘people pleaser’ and wanted to make something even my friend in class can eat as she’s vegan…

But the joke is that in pleasing others I am left without a cake that I really like, as I just couldn’t face making any more after all the washing up (no dishwasher here), so that will be my presentation for my cakes tomorrow, lacking the ones I like full of butter and whipped cream LOL

BUT, I made a lovely veggie curry tonight, and am enjoying many meals without meat when I cook at home, so I am getting better and I am getting into cooking for myself again, from scratch, having ditched the ready meals. It’s great for the mind, body and soul 🙂

I have also learnt a lot from my group analysis breakdown last week too, having written it all down and analysed it again. I have more things to work on now to improve my mental health and happiness.

Enjoy your weekend all 🙂

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2 comments to Bake and eat cake – vegan or dairy? Selfish or people pleaser? I cannot be both can I?

  • Mandie Eyre

    Hi Amanda, firstly thanks for reminding me – I made a carrot cake and left half in a tin, I can now eat it before it turns to stone.
    I love baking as a time-out on Sundays, just a simple sponge mix with whatever I have to hand. I go as far as icing and decorating sometimes, but it’s more about the combination of comfort food & fresh coffee, or a big pot of tea. I then scoff it and share it while catching up on news and so make myself stop DOing…it’s usually the pinnacle of my actual constructive material contribution to the world. And it’s symbolic of my state of health and wealth too – do I have my own kitchen, access to ingredients, a cooker that works, or the time to make it all happen. A simple thing, to make a cake.

    Marie Antoinette had some funny ideas about this subject too I believe!?

    • amandagreenauthor

      Mmmm it’s all good escapism isn’t it Mandie… the cooking and the eating… I think I could get into it. Tell me more about Marie Antoinette? 🙂

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