when luck, joy and love are just around the corner..

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I cannot believe that this year is already 11 days old. Oh.. the little ones are growing so fast ๐Ÿ˜‰

Recently, I was baking for a birthday and instead of making one cake, I decided to make three. Each of them was supposed to carry a birthday wish. I wanted to wish love, laughter and luck.. the three Big L’s.. the plan was good, but when I started to write the words on the cakes, I realized pretty fast that laughter might be too long for these little cakes. I decided to replace this word by “joy”. Joy, laughter.. it says the same ๐Ÿ™‚ I was hoping that the cakes bring some luck, because only when we are lucky love will reveal itself to us and we can enJOY our lives.

I should start at the beginning, though ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ok, so I chose a vegan recipe. Because I cannot use milk and sometimes don’t have eggs at home, I like trying vegan recipes. Most of them are really delicious. Here is one for a vegan pound cake:

300g spelt flour
100g corn starch
1 package baking powder (that is what the recipe says. Take only 1/2 to 3/4)
200g soft butter
200g sugar
150ml soy milk
200ml sparkling water
1Tbs lemon juice
lemon zest (of 1/2 to 1 lemon)
1Tbs cocoa
1Tbs sparkling water

1. Beat butter and sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest until smooth and creamy
2. Add soy milk and water
3. Combine the flour, corn starch and baking powder and sift into the batter
4. Grease pans
5. Put half of the batter into the pans
6. Add the cocoa and water into the other half of the batter. Mix well
7. Put on top of white batter
8. Bake 25-30 Minutes at 180ยฐC / 350ยฐF (if you are using only one big pan, it takes up to 60 minutes!!)
9. Let cool and decorate

(vegan backen: einfach – lecker – laktosefrei; Kristina Unterweger&Arnold Pรถschl; Neun Zehn Verlag)

Make sure you really use less baking powder. In general, I think one package is way too much for 300g flour and some corn starch. Cut it down to approx.3/4 if you don’t want the cake to taste like baking powder ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, you might wanna add some more milk and maybe some fruit. I have to admit, it was a little too dry. If it still comes out dry, the topping should help. I took chocolate for the heart frames and lemon juice with powdered sugar and red food coloring for the center. The letters I made out of nonpareilles. Like I said.. I needed to adjust the words a little to the space on the cakes, but there is lots of room for creativity ๐Ÿ™‚ EnJOY!

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