Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sarah Strain's Custom Vegan Cakes

I’m spending a good part of this week on a treadmill…or any fitness device, really (I’m not picky). After a long weekend of exploratory dining, experimental cooking, and endless taste testing, I have quite a few calories to burn off!

What pushed me over the edge were some interesting cupcakes I sampled from pastry chef Sarah Strain’s new line of vegan cakes. I’d been in contact with Sarah throughout the week about the various flavors she was working on (strawberry, lemon, “Fruity Pebbles”…no joke!), so I met with her on Sunday evening to try out her latest creation: Vegan Watermelon Cupcakes. Sounds strange, right? But let me tell you—the cupcakes were delicious...light and summery with just a hint of watermelon, topped with a buttery vanilla cream frosting. And I was able to talk Sarah into sharing her new recipe with us!

Sarah Strain’s Vegan Watermelon Cake

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp corn starch
2 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ cup soy margarine
1 cup granulated sweetener
¾ cup fresh watermelon purée
1 ½ cups soy milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, corn starch, and baking powder and mix together. 

Blend margarine and sweetener until smooth. Slowly add watermelon purée in several parts, making sure to blend thoroughly. Add dry mix in two parts, blending thoroughly. Pour in soy milk and blend together. The mixture should be quite thick.

Grease two 8-inch cake pans and pour in cake mixture. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. (Or prepare 2-dozen cupcake cups and bake for about 15 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean).

I couldn’t get the frosting recipe from Sarah, but feel free to use your favorite vanilla topper for this scrumptious treat!

Contact Sarah Strain to place a custom cake order for your next event.

General pricing is as follows:

6x2 (serves up to 12): $25
8x2 (serves up to 20): $40
10x2 (serves up to 35): $50
1/4 sheet (serves up to 25): $45
Quotes for wedding cakes and other sizes available upon request.
Delivery charge to anywhere in Dallas is $10 (for regular cakes, wedding cakes are more)

And check out some of Sarah’s cool cake designs I ganked from her Flickr page!


Classy&Sassy said...

Those cakes are absolutely gorgeous!!!

HeatherBakes said...

Those cakes are so cute! And I'm curious about the idea of a watermelon-flavored cake... thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Those cakes are amazing! Look how beautiful they are. The cupcakes sound good, too. Make 'em, Heather, and tell us what you think!

Eddie G said...

Those cakes really are beautiful! I'm not sure where she got the idea for a watermelon cake--but I better keep up my fitness regimen...Sarah just informed me today that I have quite a few more vegan cakes to sample in the coming weeks!

Unknown said...

those cakes looks very beautiful....i want to place an order can sombody help giving the contact deatils of sarah strains coustom vegan cakes....plz....

Bridget said...

How do I contact her to order a cake??? I haven't been able to find a website or contact info? Please help....I love her cakes and I need one soon.

Jamey said...

Bridget, looks like we have an email address of, please give that a shot.

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