Sunday, July 30, 2006

Soy White Russian Cake

That's right, folks...perhaps the first ever, right here, on Binge Cafe - a soy white russian in cake format.

It seemed to go over well at the birthday bash, and even proportedly caused a bit of vodka-induced silliness. I must say that while preparing the cake (and testing the frosting, of course) I felt a bit giddy myself. I must take a moment here to blame Mr. Beloved, who, upon taste-testing said creation, reported "no, I can't taste the vodka at ALL," upon which a quite distressed Ms. Binge added more. After this episode repeated itself a few times, neither Mr. Beloved nor Ms. Binge were tasting anything.

Needless to say, the frosting did taste like vodka by the time of this photo. Please note that the sloppy crooked look of this cake did not impede the taste.

Just how was this creature born, you ask? As you know, Binge Cafe is involved in ensuring the availability of soy white russians in all bars across the US, so this cafe is quite fond of the theme, in general. I decided to try expressing this fondness in the form of my 2nd favorite treat, cake. I was surpised to locate a recipe online for "kalua white russian cake," and I simply converted it to the beautiful vegan creature you see above. I decided to post the recipe for your drunken pleasure:


3 tbsp. (1 1/2 oz.) kahlua
2 tbsp. (1 oz.) vodka
1/2 c. (3 oz.) vegan white chocolate *or* 1/4 cup vegan chocolate & ¼ cup granulated sugar & a dash of vanilla extract.

2 c. sifted cake flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 c. earth balance spread (like margarine only WAY better)
2 tbsp. earth balance shortening
1 1/4 c. sugar

Poofy magic: 6 T flour, 9 T water, 3 t baking powder, 1.5 teaspoons baking soda whisked together in a bowl** (see note below)

3/4 c. “buttersoymilk” which is a little less than ¾ cup soymilk & 1 T vinegar

Combine kahlua, vodka and chocolate. Place over low heat or hot water until chocolate melts. Stir to blend. Cool slightly. Resift cake flour with baking soda and powder. Grease well and flour lightly two 9-inch layer cake pans.

Cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in poofy magic, 1/3 at a time. Blend in kahlua-chocolate mixture, then flour mixture alternately with buttersoymilk. Divide batter between 2 pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes until tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pans 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks. Cool completely.


Beat 2 cups Tofutti brand cream cheese (about 2 tubs) with 1 cup sifted powdered sugar until thickened. Gradually beat in 2 teaspoons vodka, beating until stiff. Swirl remaining cream topping on top and sides of cake & put in the middle as filling. If it should be thicker, add a little flour and/or earth balance spread.


½ cup earth balance spread (one stick)

½ cup earth balance shortening (one stick)

1 lb powdered sugar

4-8 T vodka

1 T kahlua

Decorate top generously with white buttercream frosting. If prepared ahead, refrigerate, removing 30 minutes before serving to capture full flavor.

I also made separate cupcakes to pile on top.

**Note (from above)**Poofiness: brilliant creation was found in Dilip’s cookbook. Basically, 1 egg = 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 2 T flour, 3 T water, whisked all together. Like magic it poofs up all baked goods.

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In any case, picture below, in the poofy family, is a pizza I made. It seems like the dough rises easier in the hot weather. That's it, folks, I'm off to prepare for our tour.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Vegan Cake Tour '06

Pictured here are the fabulous cakes free of all animals and their secretions, yet overflowing with full-bodied taste. To your left is the fabulous cake made by he known as Garyino: a stout cake with a hint of bourbon. Just how Binge Cafe likes her cake, all liquored up! On top of the drunken cake are shreds of chocolate.

In the background is Binge's cake, with far too many themes, cake-wise, incluidng peanut butter balls, vanilla cream frosting, chocolate fudge frosting, and an inner layer of coffee icing. The cake rose so high that parts of it fell off into the stove and burned. When I opened the oven, assuring Mr. Beloved it was just the smell of cake hitting the stove floor, flames jumped out at us. Well, the jumping is a slight exaggeration, but nevertheless baking powder was employed successfully and the cake was saved.

Many of you know we are gearing up for our tour in support of Other Places. We've updated our website with new videos and pictures, check it out. We are very excited about our first tour. Drop us a line if we're going through your town. Make us a soy white russian.

We're celebrating our CD release with a show at the fabulous Joe and Jo's this Friday, 7/21. We're playing with the infamous America's Next Top Models. It will be a great show, so we hope to see you there. Buy us a soy white russian.

Speaking of great bands, check out my informal list of all the two-pieces in the area: two piece revolution. BB is partial to duos.
Perhaps you may consider me well-sheltered, or well-kept, but I had no idea what on the planet this creature was. All I knew is that s/he had an alien head and the head would turn to look at me. When I spoke to her/him, Mr. Beloved advised that perhaps that would be misinterpreted by the neighbors. In any case, s/he was quite photogenic and truly seemed to enjoy having his/her picture taken. And for those of you who had no idea, s/he is a Preying Mantis, about the size of our cat Greco.