Whatever you want to call them, it’s mother-effin’ chocolate covered rainbows. I ask you, does it get any better?
It does, because in this post I am going to tell you how you can make your very own! (more…)
I’ve finally made the long-awaited Dumbledore gay cake! More on the cake over at Dumbledore’s Vegan Army.
I’m getting all geared up (and a bit teared up) for the movie premiere tomorrow night… I made a Slytherin bracelet, a Deathly Hallows shirt, and it’s 1 in the morning but I’m about to watch DH part 1 which just came in the mail today. Tomorrow I hope to make chocolate covered pretzel wands before running off to the theatre. THE TICKETS ARE IN MY WALLET OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE IT ALL ENDS TOMORROW.
Last night was the deadline for my gay cake contest, and though I didn’t get many entries I love the ones that I did get! There are 3 entries, so take a look, decide which you like best, and you’ve got a week to vote for your favorite. Click on the pictures for bigger versions! (more…)
Posted in GLBTQ rights, Vegan Baking, Vegan Food, tagged California Tortilla, gay cake, Harmony, National Equality March, Pangea, Pete's Apizza, Ruby Tuesday, Sticky Fingers, VeganMoFo 2009, Washington DC on 14 October, 2009 | 4 Comments »
As you know from my previous post, I went to Washington, D.C. this weekend for the National Equality March with some friends (another vegan and 2 omnis). I’ll talk more about the march itself in my next post, but first I want to just talk about all the awesome food I had while down there.
Our first stop was Rockville, MD to visit Pangea. They’re an online store that sells lots of awesome vegan stuff, and they have a small storefront in Rockville. I got some vanilla chai body lotion & chai chapstick (I love chai!), mozzarella Teese to make tempeh wing pizza (hopefully Friday!), some chocolates, and a button that says “Vegan girls rock.”
They also had a free booklet, “The Vegetarian Guide to Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Areas,” that had more than 350 listings and really came in handy when we were deciding where to eat.
We ended up eating dinner at California Tortilla in Rockville, which from the description sounded a lot like Cali Burrito back home (mentioned in my top 10 restaurants entry). Verdict: Cali Burrito is WAY better. This place wasn’t horrible or anything, just nothing awesome. Jen, Rob, and I got veggie burritos with guacamole. Rob’s was so big, it stood up by itself! (*sigh…* insert obligatory “that’s what she said” joke here)
Breakfast on Sunday morning was a Sticky Fingers cinnamon bun and coffee. My mom is always looking for coffee in a real mug when she goes out for coffee, so she would’ve been happy here!
All day Sunday was spent marching and rallying, so we didn’t have time to eat again until a late dinner. The rally ended at about 6pm, and Jess and I were both hungry for Pizza so we went back to Columbia Heights for some Pete’s Apizza. The four of us shared a soy cheese pizza with eggplant, and everyone (including the omnis) loved it!
The eggplant on top was crispy, like eggplant chips. I didn’t ask, but the cheese tasted just like Teese… making me thankful that I bought some Teese at Pangea with which to make pizza, since I experienced how awesome it was. Go Pete’s!
When we got back to the hotel, it was time for some gaycake. I already posted this in my previous entry, but for good measure I’m going to post another one here. See, this is the gaycake actually in DC! Errr… Arlington, anyway.
It was enjoyed by all, and Jess even had some for breakfast on Monday morning.
On Monday we checked out of the hotel and drove into DC for lunch. We found ourselves in Georgetown, so ate at Harmony, a pan-Asian restaurant. The menu was awesome, because practically everything could be veganised by replacing the meat with faux meat. I got sweet & sour “chicken,” which was the only Chinese food I ever ate back before going vegetarian (I was never a big fan of Chinese), and it was awesome!
We then hopped on the metro at Foggy Bottom and went back up to Colombia Heights to visit Sticky Fingers again, because Jen wanted to buy some Teese (which she ended up not doing, even though I told her she’d regret it and she told me today she wished she’d gotten some). I got a mocha cupcake, which was really good.
I also got a cranberry orange scone, even though I don’t generally like cranberries. Lisa is always raving about the scones at Sticky Fingers, so I wanted to get one, and this was the only kind they had. I took it home to eat, and had it earlier today with some Earl Grey and it was to die for! Moral of the story: Always listen to pandas with cookies (and scones).
On our way home, we decided to stop in Gettysburg, PA for dinner because we were running rather late. We stopped in a used car parking lot to decide where we would go, but when we tried starting the car again… it wouldn’t. We ended up walking down the highway a bit to Ruby Tuesday, because it was a hell of a lot better choice than McDonald’s. The waitress was really nice, and put up with all our questions even though she had only been working there for 2 weeks. We found out that the guacamole was vegan, so Jen & I shared the appetizer. It was really good, but I was tired & worried about Chloe (my car) so it didn’t even cross my mind to take a picture.
There was so much vegan food in DC we didn’t get a chance to eat (including quesadillas at Sticky Fingers or being able to visit Soul Veg at all), but I had such a great time & love activism so much that I have a feeling I’ll end up going back to DC sometime! Although, maybe I’ll take a different car (in case you were wondering, Chloe eventually made it home okay, just a little later than the rest of us did).
Where would Kanye interrupt me? When I’m making a gaycake. “Yo, I’m really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but… nahh girl, you’ve made the best vegan gaycakes of all time. Nevermind.”
It’s 2:30 in the morning and I just finished decorating my latest gaycake. I’m spending the weekend in Washington, DC with my friends because we’re going to the National Equality March on Sunday, so of course I had to make a gaycake for the occasion!
Soon after I decided to go, I knew I had to make some sort of gaycake for the event but didn’t know how I wanted to decorate it. Then suddenly one day as I was in the bathroom (best thinking gets done in that room, I swear… especially in the shower!) it dawned on me: Make the gaycake be an image of the National Equality March Logo!
So that’s what I did. I may or may not have more pictures later, but like I said it’s 2:30 in the morning… so this is what you get. I’m very happy with the cake.
I’m thinking of having a gaycake decorating contest on my blog.
As I was upstairs in the kitchen making guacamole at midnight and pondering what my next blog post should be, I thought that maybe I should change the name of my blog to “The Late Night Vegan” because that’s when most of my cooking (well, usually baking, actually) gets done. I’m a night owl, and when I bake at night I don’t have to worry about my parents using or hanging around the kitchen and bugging me, because… well, like normal people, they’re sleeping. Anyway, I decided to keep the title as-is, for now anyway. It’s just something I came up with on the spur of the moment because I couldn’t think of anything else, but I love the alliteration.
Since I am currently camera-less, I can’t really take pictures of the food I make unless my dad is home and feeling kind enough to allow me to borrow his camera. So, unfortunately I won’t be able to blog about the english muffin teese pizzas I made a few days ago… i just couldn’t do them justice without pictures. So I will blog about something that many of you know me for, which is…. gay cakes! I’m going to use this post to go through my personal gay cake-making history and how the gay cake became popular among internet vegans everywhere.
Gay Cake: The Original
This cake is the product of the cake decorating unit in my creative foods class last year at school. I did rainbow stripes around the side, the colors ending with a purple peace sign on top (it was more purple in real life, the camera made it look blue). We had to get our designs approved by the teacher before we started decorating, and when I told her I wanted rainbows on my cake she said, “you have to be careful with rainbows though, because these days they have other meanings… like gay and lesbian.”
I… um… wow? I was speechless. I wanted to say, “maybe I want it to mean that!” but didn’t want it to sound wrong. In retrospect, I should’ve just said, “is there anything wrong with that?” but it was first thing in the morning and my brain wasn’t functioning, so I ended up saying “I… like… rainbows?” Incidentally, I got a 100% on the project.
So, I posted about this on the Post Punk Kitchen forums and it earned me the new subnick of “gay cake,” and became somewhat legendary… it’s my avatar on the forums, as well as the picture for the Facebook group The PPK is SO GAY. Oh yeah, and it’s part of the current header image for my blog.
Gay cupcakes: An attempt
Based off of wintermitts’s cupgaycakes, I made these cupcakes to hand out at our GSA’s table for the club fair that showed the incoming freshman what clubs they could join. Unfortunately, my pink triangles ended up looking like ham (plus no one knows what a pink triangle means anymore, pfft) and when I opened my container of “rainbow sprinkles” I found out that they were just pale pink, pale yellow, and white. Not rainbow! But at least the colors complimented that of the triangles.
Gay Cake II: Hannah Montana
(Photos by Kelly)
This summer, I went to Illinois to visit Kelly. We decided to make a Hannah Montana gay cake, for obvious reasons. The inside is two layers, the bottom layer being chocolate and the top a pink and purple swirl (HM style, ohh yeah!).
She then put a purple border on the cake, and we worked together to pipe rainbows around the side.
For the top, she wrote “Gay Cake” in rainbow colors and stuck in two Hannah Montana cake toppers taken from the cake decorating lab at Piggly Wiggly (Kelly was at the time a cake decorator there). Rainbow sprinkles were added around the top and bottom edges for a final touch.
Gay Cake III: Veganstock Summer of Gaycake!
(Photo by Bianca)
Later this summer, I went camping with a bunch of lovely folk from The Post Punk Kitchen forums. I was supposed to bring donuts from Vegan Treats, but waited too long to order and was unable to get them. So what did I do? Stayed up all night baking, of course! I decided that since I was by this point well known for my gay cakes, I would make one for Veganstock, and it ended up to be a better idea than ordering donuts anyway because everyone loved it! A few of us even decided the name of the event needed to be changed from “Veganstock: Summer of Smlove” to “Veganstock: Summer of Gay Cake.”
I stuck with the purple bordering, since that seems to be the color I always use around my gay cakes (also, it’s my favorite color!). Notice that this time, my rainbow sprinkles are actually rainbow colored! I found nicely colored vegan rainbow sprinkles in the bulk bin at Wegmans one day when my friend Jen and I were wandering around the grocery store, so I bought a big bag of them to keep on hand.
There will inevitably be more gay cakes to come in the future, but you’ve now seen a comprehensive history of the ones I’ve already made. I hope you enjoyed it!