Quick and Easy Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

Don’t forget, today is the last day to sign up for the Virtual Vegan Potluck! I signed up for the Main Course Category. The list of participating bloggers is pretty long. Check it out if you haven’t already!

I’ve been moving to a new apartment these past two weekends, and in the midst of the move I needed to make a birthday cake. I had my sights set on Strawberry Shortcake. Normally I would just make one from scratch, but being a little tight on time, I decided to try out a vegan Cherrybrook Kitchen Yellow Cake Mix.

I have to say the cake turned out pretty well! It’s dense, which worked well for strawberry shortcake, since that traditionally has a more biscuit-y cake. The only problem I ran into was that the cake started to fall apart as I turned it out of the pan, so that derailed my plans of cutting it through the middle to create layers. I would buy this mix again though if I needed a quick vegan cake.

I topped the cake with Cherrybrook Kitchen Vanilla Frosting, which is also vegan and gluten free. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. It’s more of a glaze than a frosting and has a very sticky consistency, kind of like the filling of a Cadbury Creme Egg. On it’s own I wasn’t fond of it, but once it was combined with all of the other elements of the strawberry shortcake it was good. I’m not sure that I would use it again though.

I added a little Soyatoo Soy Whipped Cream and some fresh strawberries. The soy whipped cream has a somewhat distinctive soy taste, which I wasn’t really fond of, but again, with all of the other elements combined it worked. I might try their rice whip version next time to see if that has a better taste.

 

Overall, each element combined together into a really yummy finished product despite some of their individual downfalls. Sticky, sweet, strawberry goodness!

Vegan Brownie Mix

Every now and then I peruse the Whole Foods shelves to see if any new vegan products have appeared, and this weekend I found a vegan brownie mix. Yum! I don’t know if it’s new or I just haven’t noticed it before, but of course I had to buy it and try it out. I also bought a vegan pancake mix by the same brand, but haven’t tried it yet.

The mixes are made by Cherrybrook Kitchen. They specialize in allergy free cake, cookie, brownie, and pancake mixes. In addition to being vegan, some of their mixes are peanut free for people with allergies and they also offer gluten free mixes.

It’s not like I can’t make brownies from scratch, but sometimes you want a quick treat that only requires a few ingredients. The brownies came out pretty well, though they are a bit cakier than I think brownies should be. I had to cook them longer than the directions specified. They called for 16-18 minutes, but the middle was still pretty liquid after that long. I left them in for about 5-6 more minutes before they seemed firm enough to take out. Interestingly enough, after a couple days in the fridge, they have a more browny-ish texture and I like them better. (I know, I’m surprised they lasted that long too!)