Vanilla Cake…Let Me Count The Ways

This weekend a few people from RFC decided to make the White Chocolate Orange Cake from my book Just Desserts, for Project Raw. Since it's been ages since I've made this cake, and since we had out-of-town company, I thought it would be fun to jump on board!

I went for a bit of a different look this time, using a regular bread pan, lined with parchment paper, in place of the round spingform pan. I thought this was a fun look - I love seeing all the layers of each slice. I thought about garnishing with orange segments, but it just didn't happen as we were too eager to dive in, so it just got dusted with cacao powder.

If you've got Just Desserts, and you enjoy chocolate and orange together, give this recipe a try! I'm really not sure why I don't make it more often, like Carmi (it's her fave and she makes it about every few weeks!) I also have a similar version in the book, exchanging the orange cream for a strawberry one. It's great too, but I prefer it during the summer when strawberries are in season.

I also like using the cake from this recipe, to make other things. For example, you might remember the cupcake kick I went on a while back, where I used this vanilla cake as a base for the non-chocolate cupcakes. Mmm, I've got to make some of those again soon, they're so much fun!

Ok, so another recent project was jelly rolls! Actually, I always thought they were gross - ya know, the cooked cardboard cake kind. But I got inspiration from who-knows-where to make a raw version, hehe. Using my vanilla cake, I rolled up whipped cream, and berries for a deliciously moist roll. Yumm! These are seriously delicious!

Jelly Berry Roll

-1 Recipe vanilla cake
-1 Recipe raw whipped cream of choice
-1 large rectangle of banana leather
(pureed banana, dehydrated)
-Berries of choice, lightly mashed

-Spread the cake (as thick as you prefer) on the banana leather.
-Spread the chilled whipped cream evenly on top.
-Now spread the berries over the cream. Avoid spreading them all the way to far edge, or they'll squish out as you're rolling.
-Gently begin rolling (just like nori rolls), using enough pressure to keep a tight roll.
-Chill the roll for a few hours to firm the whole thing and soften the banana slightly so that it can be sliced.
-Now time to eat!

Here are a few ways with vanilla cake...what ideas do you have?

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  1. February 25, 2009 at 11:01

    Heathy, you have such a talent! I am always so inspired by your dedication and creativity with raw foods! I love your blog:-) Also, the picture of the cake in the snow is adorable!

  2. February 25, 2009 at 12:44

    Wow!!<br /><br />Finding it totally suspicious that you and Carmi came back at the same time ;D

  3. February 25, 2009 at 15:06

    You consistently blow me away with your talent for creating such beautiful raw foods!

  4. February 27, 2009 at 20:14

    Oh yum... One of my favorite topics: your Choc Orange Cake! hehe<br /><br />Seriously, as we were making the cake layer last week, I was just telling Mosaica how you used it for cupcakes too. I'm on a mission now to give the other variations a try, especially that jelly roll! Pure genius dearie to use banana leather on the outside! It looks so real, but I'm sure tastes soooooooo much better!

  5. February 28, 2009 at 01:18

    Dolly - thank you so much :) LOL, yes i love to photograph outside, EVEN in the snow when it's -30C! <br /><br />Sarah - hehe, i've got posts within the past 2 months! <br /><br />Thanks Melody :D<br /><br />Carmi - haha, Yes I always think of you when I make choccie orange cake. You've gotta try the cupcakes - the jelly rolls are even better! You'll love em!

  6. March 2, 2009 at 07:16

    Hey hey Heathy!!<br /><br />I'm AMAZZZZZED by all of your creations...I'm simply drooling...hah!! STUNNING they are!!!!!!!! =DDDD<br /><br />Well,you're such a talented one...!! =DDDD<br />And so creative of course!! =DD<br /><br />I'm AGnes and am a RAW VEGAN from Poland!! =D Have you ever been in Europe..??? =)))<br /><br />I'd be SOO HAPPY to see a comment from you on my blog!! I'll appreciate it SOOOO MUCH,Heathy!!! =D<br /><br /><br /><br />HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON!!!!<br /><br />Ejoy your day!!

  7. March 6, 2009 at 20:15

    Oh wow, Heathy you really have the best recipes and photos. :) I still remember you from RawFoodTalk and I've just returned from a long trip abroad & I'm glad I found your web site!<br /><br />I'm running a raw blog carnival, and I think you should submit one of your posts. You can find out more about it here: <br /><br /><br />I'm still salivating, but I'll restrain myself until I can get my ingredients in order. :)

  8. March 8, 2009 at 06:21

    You have the luckiest family and friends in the world Heather!<br />deb xoxo

  9. March 8, 2009 at 16:54

    Hi Aggness- nice to meet you! I just checked out your blog and its wondeful! So cool that you are bringing raw to Poland :)<br /><br />Nathalie - Nice to hear from you! Where have you been travelling?? I loove to travel also! :) I checked out the carnival briefly, but will go back and yes would like to submit one of my posts. What a great idea! <br /><br />Aww, thanks Deb!

  10. March 16, 2009 at 23:30

    Hi Raw Goddess,<br /><br />I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Here is my blog post about it.<br /><br />~Liz

  11. March 17, 2009 at 19:08

    I so should not visit your blog when I'm hungry! There will be nothing found in my house that comes close to what I see in these pics!<br /><br />drool...drool...drool...<br /><br />love you!

  12. April 25, 2009 at 18:24

    i just made the cake with the cream and strawberry frosting. it's amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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