Maybe you are planning a birthday party for a friend or family member and you want to bake a cake. However, being vegan, you might think you are limited in what you can use for ingredients. Here's a great list of vegan substitutes for animal products that you may already have in your kitchen.
Instead of using shortening or butter, try using soy margarine. If you are vegan and not vegetarian, make sure there is not any whey or other dairy products in the margarine.
Instead of dairy milk try soy milk or rice milk. These two are available at most local grocery stores.
For eggs you can substitute an egg replacement or you can try one of the following:
o2 tbsp cornstarch = 1 egg
o2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
o2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
o1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg
o1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg.
o1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.
o1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. Light, fluffy cakes!
Instead of using Buttermilk try placing a tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of soy or rice milk.
Sugar can be whitened using animal bones, so check to make sure you have an organic or vegan sugar or use rice syrup, agave nectar or stevia.
For frosting try a sugarless apple butter or you can try the following recipe:
1 cup vegan margarine
4 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp flavoring
food coloring (optional)
Mix everything up. Adjust consistency of frosting if necessary by adding tiny amounts of soy or rice milk or more icing sugar.
Add some candles and you have the perfect vegan birthday cake. Bon appetite!