The win­ner of last week’s give­away is: Lucky com­ment num­ber #28!  Elis­a­beth from Czech Vegan!  Woo-hoo!  Read through to the end of this post for this week’s giveaway!

Also, super cool tasty web­site news– if you are vegan and gluten-intolerant or just look­ing for more vari­ety in your diet, check out the recently debuted XGFX, a web­site hub for vegan and gluten-free good­ies, brought to you by Allyson from Man­i­fest Vegan, Jessy from hap­py­faceve­gan and Kit­tee from Cake Maker to the Stars. Read it! Cook from it! Con­tribute to it!

Some­one asked me a cou­ple of weeks ago what my favorite recipes from Have Your Cake and Vegan Too are. With 50 cakes of all types and sizes to pick from, I had to really think long and hard about this one. Like many lists I’ve made, I think this could fluc­tu­ate each day, depend­ing on my feel­ings, crav­ings, the way the wind is blow­ing… Regard­less, here is my Top 5 (for the moment). Oh yes, and another book giveaway!

Spiced-Rice Cran­berry Cake

This cake is baked in a rice cooker. I know, crazy huh? It makes for such an incred­i­bly fluffy cake and it’s so sim­ple… The spices really pop and the cran­ber­ries are so ten­der. We just love whip­ping up this sim­ple cake that requires no oven, so it’s excel­lent for warm sum­mer days.

Orange You Glad It’s Pud­ding Cake

Warm and fluffy cake with a bit of crisp­ness on the edges, with creamy orange pud­ding under­neath. Ooh, baby. I eat this one straight out of the pan, I just throw a trivet on the table and we dig in. A lit­tle vanilla ice cream on top… This cake comes together super sim­ply and you just throw it in the oven and let it do it’s thang.

Pressed Plum Cof­fee Cake

This cake is ten­der and moist with a pleas­antly dense crumb and the baked plums gain this won­der­ful sweet­ness to accom­pany their usual tang. It’s an ele­gant and SO SO SO sim­ple break­fast cake that is easy to make and has a strik­ing presentation.

Amy’s Huh What Peaches Cake

Ded­i­cated to my BFF, this cake is an upside down cake and is sim­ple and incred­i­bly intox­i­cat­ing (baked peaches?! what could be bet­ter?) and the rasp­berry cream really just takes it over the top.

Peanut But­ter Choco­late Dream Cake

Haha, you silly peo­ple! Did you really think I would make any kind of list that wouldn’t include choco­late and peanut but­ter? No way! Moist choco­late cake lay­ers, fluffy PB cream in the mid­dle and the moth­er­lode– ganache!- on top? Oh yeah, me likey.

Whew! Even a I write this, I’m men­tally reorder­ing it and and adding other cakes in… they are just too good! You’ll have to pick up a copy of this tasty guide to all that is cakey and see what tick­les your taste buds!

Now, onto the give­away! After all that cake, what do you say about a lit­tle bit of healthy livin’?

I’ve been try­ing to get you guys excited about green smooth­ies- how about a tasty book to help you expe­ri­ence the deli­cious­ness and nutri­tion that green smooth­ies can bring to your life?

Robyn Openshaw’s book on green smooth­ies is like a yummy crash course that will have you toss­ing kale into your blender in no time! Leave a com­ment to be entered into the draw­ing and the win­ner be announced next Monday!

Tagged with:

28 Responses to my top 5 and another giveaway!

  1. Liz Dean says:

    Those cakes look amazing…I am going to have to make the rice cooker one tonight!
    And what a great look­ing book! I would love to give it a try~ 😉

  2. Hope says:

    I have the book but haven’t had any time to bake from it. The first cake on my list to try is the Snick­er­doo­dle Cake!!

  3. Jojo says:

    Wow, that pressed plum cake looks amazing.

  4. FoodFeud says:

    I know you said (this time around any­way) that the PB/Chocolate cake is your #1 but I’m really happy to see the num­ber of fruit-based cakes! I didn’t antic­i­pate that. I’ll have to see if I can find a copy of yr book!

  5. Carol says:

    After just *read­ing* your post I need some­thing like green smooth­ies! The cakes look great but I sus­pect they wouldn’t help me on my weight loss jour­ney nearly as much as the smoothie book.


  6. Ben says:

    I gotta stop read­ing this blog at work, it just makes me really hun­gry. Those cakes look so good! I’m still wait­ing for my turn with your new book. Amie has been hog­ging it the past week!

  7. Jess says:

    I eat green smooth­ies every morn­ing! This would cer­tainly add some variety :)

  8. cammy says:

    All those cakes look sooo good

  9. T says:

    These all look gor­geous! But the orange pud­ding cake sounds really over the top…

  10. carin says:

    oh man i would LOVE to win this! i just got a vita­mix and have been green smoothie-ing it up in my cuisi­nart til now :)

  11. Marion says:

    peanut but­ter. choco­late. mmm.
    and well, what can you do, green is my favorite color..

  12. Aubrey says:

    ohmy­gosh! that orange you glad it’s pud­ding cake looks phe­nom­e­nal :) and green juice rocks!!

  13. Tofu Ted says:

    Can we make a green smoothie with one of the cakes?

  14. Elisabeth says:

    I am so happy that I won! Thank you!
    This week’s give­away sounds very healthy. I recently started adding kale or raw spinach into my fruit smooth­ies for extra health ben­e­fits and the taste isn’t bad at all.

  15. Tiffany says:

    Those cakes look mighty fine. I can see why you’d find it dif­fi­cult to pick a favorite! :) And I love a good green smoothie. I’ve just begun to make my own and am enjoy­ing them quite a bit.

  16. Julia says:

    I was just think­ing of doing a smoothie cleanse thing but wasn’t sure where to begin :o) Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Heather says:

    Despite my best inten­tions, I haven’t had a green smoothie yet! I love mak­ing home­made smooth­ies and fruit shakes though. My blender is ancient but it still manages. 😛

  18. Yvonne says:

    I really need some healthy smooth­ies! I’ve indulged so much in sug­ary baked goods lately!

  19. Jackie Rolnicki says:

    Yum! I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with kale in my smooth­ies– my 2 year old loves them as well!

  20. Lori says:

    I was just think­ing today that I needed to start drink­ing some green smoothies!

  21. Kate says:

    I have got to buy your book!

  22. Katherine says:

    Nom­nom­nom, looks so good 😀

  23. Josiane says:

    Oh, I agree, the Pressed Plum Coffe Cake is amaz­ing! I haven’t yet tried them all and many of the ones I have yet to make look fab­u­lous, so while I can’t say with absolute cer­tainty it will be my num­ber 1 for­ever (though I tend to think it will), I don’t believe it’ll ever go off my top five. The Orange You Glad It’s Pud­ding Cake is great too!

    A book all about green smooth­ies? That’d be great! I’ve been hav­ing green smooth­ies on my mind for the past few weeks, and I need to take them out of there and into my belly, so ao good source of inspi­ra­tion would be most welcome. :)

  24. Rachael says:

    that orange pud­ding cake looks absolutely AMAZING!!!

  25. Cee says:

    All of those good­ies look so deli­cious. I have been crav­ing a good green smoothie since the weather has warmed con­sid­er­ably. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. If I eat a slice from each of those cakes, but imme­di­ately fol­low it up with a green smoothie, will that bal­ance out the healthy and unhealthy? 😉

  27. Lindsey says:

    I’ve had one green smoothie…but my moti­va­tion to drink more hasn’t con­quered my laziness…at turn­ing on the blender. Wow. Now, I’m a lit­tle sad with myself.

  28. Amy says:

    I would LOVE some green smoothie inspi­ra­tion, if its not too late to enter!