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!

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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!