A Birthday Cake for a Birthday Boy | VeganMoFo 2019 Day Seventeen

Today is Steven’s birthday! As such, I asked what kind of cake he wanted. The answer: German chocolate.

And thus, this beauty.

I’m pleased to report that it tastes as good as it looks. I used this recipe from Loving It Vegan, with just a few modifications:

  • Using vegetable oil rather than olive oil.
  • Foregoing the chocolate frosting on top and instead doubling the coconut-pecan recipe so I’d have enough to decorate the top.
  • Adding a scant tablespoon of this King Arthur espresso powder (affiliate link!) to the dry ingredients. Steven gave me this powder a while back, and it’s perfect for enhancing the flavor of chocolate-y baked goods.

Highly recommend!

In other food news from the day, Steven’s mom and stepdad came over for a low-key celebration and brought us Impossible Whoppers! Did y’all see the ridiculous vegan drama that developed last week when the Whoppers were introduced nationwide? It made me want to tear my hair out.

On the one hand, I get it: It really, truly sucks that Impossible Foods was required to test on animals to get their burger approved. And if you’re concerned about cross-contamination, you have to take the extra step of asking them to cook it separately. And, of course, you may not want to support Burger King at all. (I will not defend the “BuT iT’s PrOcEsSeD/gMo!11!1!!!” argument, however.)

But… I don’t see how this is not an unqualified Good Thing for animals on a macro scale, not to mention the environment. Anecdotally, I’ve seen so freaking many omnivores saying they’d happily order this rather than a beef patty. We’re normalizing the term “plant-based” along with plant-based products themselves. We’re showing that vegan food can be just as good as (if not better than) animal products.

So like… if you don’t feel that the Impossible Whopper fits with your personal ethics, that’s fine! I get it! Don’t buy it! But don’t spread your negativity all over the internet. You’re (1) giving vegans a bad name, making us seem like Negative Nancies who have achieved a level of moral perfection nobody else should even consider trying to reach, and (2) marring what should be good news with manufactured outrage.

As for me, I can’t see myself incorporating the Impossible Whopper into my regular rotation. I don’t eat out very much, and I actually don’t love that fake char (??) flavor. (I do love those classic fast food pickles, though.) I also would rather patronize veg establishments when possible. But if I’m on the road and need something fast, I’ll be very happy to know the Whopper is available.

Whew, so… rant over! Let me leave you with a photo of Sam, our friends’ kitty. They’re out of town, so I stopped by their apartment to give Sam some attention. She’s pretty standoffish, but she at least came up to greet me when I came in the door! And she posed for some photos. I’ll take it.


7 thoughts on “A Birthday Cake for a Birthday Boy | VeganMoFo 2019 Day Seventeen

  1. I have been to BK and got the 2 for $7 deal. (typically 2 for $6 but they add $1 for the Impossible Whopper version) We all have differing opinions about Veganism and motivations for it. ( not for discussion in this forum) I did see that NBC recently did a story on climate change and included large scale meat production as a top item we can change in our lives for reducing greenhouse gases. Thats a first for me hearing a national mainstream media outlet admit that. Just need to get rid of that food pyramid.

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    • Yeah, I think the Whopper is a good thing no matter why you’re into vegan food! (Unless you’re a die-hard vegan for health, I guess.) I didn’t realize they had that deal — definitely makes for an affordable vegan meal!


  2. Yeah it is worth noting some people have VERY limited options. I know my friend Chrissy is vegan and struggles when she visits friends in Altoona PA, which is pretty much right smack in the middle of the state. It is SMALL and places like Burger King is a large percentage of the options for eating out.

    I just read Hippie Food, and the chapter on Co-ops was really interesting since there was lots of infighting about whether these co-ops should only have ethical options (aka organic, healthy, or devoid of labor exploitation) or if they have cheaper common options that will appeal to masses. I recommend reading it, just interesting since it is kind-of a little history of veganism.


    • Recently a co-op opened in Providence. We were one of the early members (4 years ago) to help support the project. It was placed on the border of an inner-city food desert and an up scale area noted for vegan restaurants and other night life. What we got was over-priced everyday items and some organic options. The fresh veggie section is about twice the size of my small living room. None of the vegan prepared food I was looking for.

      Hopefully it is meeting it’s primary goal of offering fresh options to an underserved community.

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