Decadent Vegan Cakes: Outstanding Plant-Based Recipes for Layer Cakes, Sheet Cakes, Cupcakes and More

Page Street. Jun. 2023. 168p. ISBN 9781645679752. pap. $23.99. COOKING
London-based Roberts is the recipe developer and photographer behind the popular vegan dessert blog Charley’s Health. Her elegant aesthetic is evident on every page of her first cookbook. The recipes showcase her love of vibrant pastels, fruit-forward flavors, and beautifully swirled vegan buttercreams in ways sure to inspire bakers to experiment in innovative ways with alternative flours, egg and dairy substitutions, and vegan sweeteners. She’s transformed classic recipes that might appear on The Great British Bake Off (Black Forest gateau and a veganized Victoria sandwich cake), along with chai-infused cupcakes, passion fruit loaf cake, and cakes for seasonal celebrations. Her flavors lean toward traditional British combinations, with some nods to U.S. palettes, including a red velvet cake that is naturally colored and sweetened with beetroot. Each recipe is flawless, and the instructions are straightforward, although some techniques could be too advanced for new bakers or those unfamiliar with vegan substitutions’ properties.
VERDICT Highly recommended for skilled bakers and plant-based or vegan home cooks in search of showstopper desserts.
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