Monday, May 13, 2013

Vegan Treasure Chest Cake

Last week was a bad week. Nothing majorly catastrophic, just a collection of a lot of really crappy little occurrences culminating in a minor anxiety attack in a checkout line at Target:
  • I was turned down for 3 different jobs
  • I got a parking ticket due to my own stupidity (and they are not cheap in LA)
  • both of my embroidery machines were crapping out on me the week before I'm vending at World Fest
I know in the grand scheme of life, these are not a big deal but in my own little reality it was certainly frustrating. Needless to say, I was desperately in need of some creative therapy and lucky for me my nephew's 6th birthday party just happened to be last Saturday. 

It has become a tradition for me to make him a birthday cake matching the theme of his party. There has been a monster truck, a Transformer and this year it was a treasure chest from Jake & the Neverland Pirates. In years past I didn't make the cake vegan because I'm the only one in my family who is, but this year I decided to go for it and not tell anyone until after they said how awesome it was (I'm nefarious that way).

I found a Betty Crocker chocolate fudge cake mix that was accidentally vegan (I know, I know, not the most healthy of choices, but my baking from scratch attempts usually end in complete and total failure). I substituted the 3 eggs it called for with 3/4c unsweetened apple sauce and it turned out AMAZING!

The bottom part of the chest was made up of 4 layers of deliciously awesome chocolate cake and the lid was formed from handmade vegan rice crispy treats. I used chocolate fondant to cover both parts and yellow colored vanilla fondant for the decorations.

There were a lot of little details I didn't have time to get to, but I think it turned out super cute! The whole process of decorating a cake like this is therapeutic for me. I find the kneading and rolling of the fondant to be soothing. It was definitely exactly what I needed to forget about the previous events of the week - and chocolate cake can solve almost any problem - amiright?!

Everyone loved the cake and it was fun to tell them it was vegan after they all raved about it! My nephew had a fun pirate themed pool party and he seemed to be excited about the treasure chest cake his auntie made him.

Me & Jake


  1. I'm sure he must have loved it!

    And you are right cake decorating and cupcake decorating are truly therapeutic!

  2. omg that is the most amazing cake ever! This kind of baking is so beyond me! Very impressive! :)

    And it happens with things piling up like that, happens to the best of us. If it's any conciliation too, there are some weird things going on lately; lots of break ups and issues coming up with people I know (and myself) crazy "spring cleaning" of the mind it seems :/