Sunday, November 23, 2008

Hummingbird Cake from SweetArt


This vegan Hummingbird Cake from SweetArt was the star of our Thai One On Supper Club Saturday night! When I host non-vegans, not only do I want everyone to have a good time, but I want the vegan food to be accessible (meaning not too "weird") and delicious. Thanks to this cake, vegan cooking scored a lot of points with our guests! The beautifully decorated cream cheese frosting covered five layers of moist, flavorful cake with banana, nuts, and pineapple. Our guests couldn't believe it was vegan, and some even went back for seconds.

SweetArt will open very soon in the Shaw neighborhood. The website indicates that many items can be ordered vegan, and based on the Hummingbird Cake, Reine really knows what she's doing in the vegan baking department. For those of us who don't, there's no need to skip dessert any longer.

By the way, thanks to everyone for your comments on my earlier post about our Thai meal. I did end up adding red bell peppers to the curry for color and cilantro throughout. The meal was exotic, flavorful, and genuinely seemed to be a hit. As I mentioned previously, our guests contributed many of the dishes, and most of them chose to make vegan versions of Thai dishes! Here's how the menu turned out.

Thai Mango Passion Cocktail
Spicy Thai Pineapple Lettuce Wraps
Veggie Potstickers
Thai Green Salad
Spinach and Mushrooms with Coconut Milk
Evil Jungle Prince
Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Red Curry with Winter Vegetables and Cashews
Jasmine Rice
Hummingbird Cake

Here's a final shot of the cake, for breakfast with coffee. Mmm.

Photo at the top of the post taken by MD.

7 comments:

  1. i'm so glad your Thai meal was such a success! it sounds like everyone enjoyed the food - and what a spectacular menu, too! i wish i were there! ;) the hummingbird cake looks excellent. it's making me wish there were some bakeries in richmond with some vegan options! hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  2. beautiful cake and beautiful plates!

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  3. Wow, that cake is such a beauty!

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  4. Oh that cake is gorgeous! So beautiful, and I bet it tastes as good as it looks, maybe better. I bet this WAS the hit of the party!

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  5. i just had to look up what evil jungle prince is :) that thai menu sounds like it was one crazy feast!

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  6. That cake would satisfy the biggest non-vegans!

    What a great menu! "Evil Jungle Prince", wow, that sounds intense! :D

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