i was also wondering 2 more things that were unrelated to my previous post.
first of all: i have a standard recipe for frosting that i use that includes:
1/2 cup oil
3 tbsp cocoa
6 tbsp soy milk
1 lb powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
then you bring the oil, smilk, cocoa to a boil, remove from heat and add sugar/extract.
however, some of my friends told me that the frosting tastes weird.
i want to make some kind of a hard icing i can use to decorate cakes with. ive found stuffs in cookbooks/internet, but it all calls for egg whites or meringue powder. if possible, how can i replace that? anyone have a recipe for hard frosting that i could use to frost a cake, and then make decorations on top w/ buttercream frosting?
i want to make cakes and frosting that do not taste weird in any way so that people dont know its vegan because i want to really impress people with my baking, so that they have a positive view of veganism after eating my baked goods and understanding that good stuff can be made without eggs and milk.
also related to that:
i think i want to go to culinary school.
i love cooking and baking, and maybe one day id like to open a restaurant and bakery type dealie.
i know of one vegan cooking school in cali, and http://www.naturalgourmetschool.com/ the natural gourmet school in NYC (which is closer to me, i live in NY state) but its not vegan. anyone have experience with cooking schools, vegan or non-vegan? just vegetarian cooking school? i dont want to go to a normal one cuz its useless to learn how to cook meat/eggs/fish etc for me...i dont care and i never want to make it.
but i DO really want to do lots of baking.