October 9th, 2009

Mexican Cake Recipes?

Hey friends - Once more I come seeking knowledge.

I'm currently studying Spanish in school, and my class is lucky enough to have an instrustor who's a native Spanish speaker, from Cuernavaca, Mexico. The whole class loves this guy, because he's finally teach us linguistic dumbasses (it's a super-basic spanish class) in a way that we can actually understand.

Unfortunately, he's here on a teaching visa, and will be heading back home once the semester is over with. A few of us had the idea to throw him a little party to say thank you, and since I'm the culinary geek of the group (Baking & Pastry Major) I was elected to take care of the cake.

Long story short, I'm looking for a recipe that he'll recognize and enjoy, but that I can make vegan. One classmate suggested Tres Leches cake, (which is veganizable) but I had hoped to do something a little more..sturdy, so I can cover it in fondant to look like the Mexican flag.

If Tres Leches is the best answer, that's cool - I had just hoped to do something a little more showy, heh.

As always, any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

Apple Pumpkin Muffins - egg replacer?

I have this recipe for Apple Pumpkin muffins that sounds absolutely amazing, but it calls for two eggs. Normally, I'd be relying on my tried and true applesauce as the egg replacement, BUT...this recipe already calls for 1/2 cup of applesauce.

I was going to use the flax seed egg replacer, but then read that it might give a particularly strong taste to the muffins, and I don't want that. After some searching, I fould that soy yogurt can be used as an egg replacer. Super! Except...I try to limit soy as much as I can. So my question is...


Is it possible to use vanilla flavored coconut milk yogurt (So Delicious brand, to be exact)? It has the same consistency, but I'm just looking to the experts to confirm that this would be a good option.

Thanks!