Wed 15 Feb 2012
I had been meaning to re-photograph my white vegan cake recipe for a while now, because I wanted a more impressive photo for when I publish my actual cookbook. Which I’m in the process of putting together. I finally got around to it this week and so I decided to work on perfecting the white icing to go with it while I was at it. My white cake is always in the top 5 of most visited recipes on my site. I get quite a few emails asking me what kind of icing I use with it. I had never really perfected a white icing and would refer them to someone Else’s recipe, and honestly have no idea if it’s any good. But I can safely say, this is the quintessential vegan white cake icing. You can even flavor it anyway you like, as long as the flavoring is clear. You can add dyes to color it or keep it white.
When shopping on amazon.com the other day I came across some all natural vegan food coloring from India Tree. It was expensive but I really wanted some natural dyes, so I bought it anyway. As expensive as it was, I was disappointed in the quality. I bought the 3 bottle set of yellow, red and blue. The bottles are unmarked so you kind of have to figure out which is the blue and red because they’re both so dark. Once I figured it out I marked the red with a red marker on the top. The yellow looked great and I was happy with it. The red worked well enough for a pink, although you have to add quite a bit to get a red. The blue however is purple and you have to add quite a bit to get it purple. If you add just a few drops you get a pale lavender, almost grey. Another thing I hate is that you have to get a skewer stick and stir the colors before using them. So I would recommend them if you don’t need a blue and are decorating a cake that is mostly pastel.
I decorated this cake with a simple but impressive-looking confetti pattern. If you can draw a half-way straight line you can copy it. I used a small round tip. GO TO WHITE ICING RECIPE>