Today is the last day of Vegan MoFo. I made a decent showing with 22 posts and I've really come to enjoy sitting down at my table to eat meals without distractions, so I'm happy. And I found a bunch of new blogs and really enjoyed reading the awesome, hilarious and informative posts the vegan blogosphere came up with this year.
Speaking of enjoyable meals, the GIANT piece of carrot cake I had for dinner tonight was great. I made it for dessert when my parents were over on Sunday and this was the last of it. I've eaten a lot of vegan carrot cake over the years, but this was my first attempt at making one. I've always read rave reviews of the recipe for Ginger Macadamia Coconut Carrot Cake from Vegan with a Vengeance. I never made it, though, because I have very specific ideas about what a carrot cake should be, and that doesn't include ginger, macadamia nuts, or coconut. While searching for a recipe, I realized I could just substitute walnuts for macadamia nuts and raisins for coconut and leave out the ginger. And it worked perfectly! I like a lot of "stuff" in my carrot cake and the recipe's proportions didn't disappoint. I also made the cream cheese frosting from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which was good, but was I thought it tasted too much like sugar and not enough like cream cheese. This was definitely a step in the right direction, and maybe now I'll stop spending $5 on the Chicago Diner carrot cake slices every time I go to Whole Foods.