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  1. Vegan Apple Galette

    This galette recipe is a vegan take on the classic French dessert. It has all the goodness of an apple pie, with about half the time and effort! With a flaky crust, and apple, cinnamon, and brown sugar filling, this vegan galette is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving, fall, or really any time of year.

    Galettes come in many forms, including savory and sweet. The king cake served at Mardis Gras celebrations comes from the French galette des rois. But in this recipe, we're using apples and a flaky, buttery crust to create a galette that's something like a rustic pie.

  2. Vegan Buttercream Frosting

    Buttercream frosting is easily my favorite vegan cake frosting of all time. It has a rich flavor and a thick, creamy texture that just works well on almost any cake or cupcake. This recipe makes a vanilla buttercream which is perfect for a white frosting base, or for coloring in a variety of colors. The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. With just a few ingredients and a stand mixer, you can have delicious vegan frosting in minutes.

    If you need some moist and delicious vegan cake recipes to pair this frosting with, try my vegan vanilla cake or my divine chocolate cupcakes.

  3. Vegan Vanilla Cake

    I might be known as "the cupcake lady" in certain circles, but I like to make a delicious full-sized cake just as much as the next lady. This vanilla cake is another recipe that I veganized from one of my famous cake recipes from my previous business. It's light and fluffy, but also rich-tasting, thanks to the vegan butter in this recipe. It may be a few minutes of extra work compared to some other vegan cake recipes, but I think you'll find that the additional steps are worth it in the result! You can add frosting to this recipe, of course, but the cake also tastes great on its own. This cake is perfect for birthday parties, because everyone will love it, and no one will know it's vegan unless you tell them!

  4. Vegan Crème Brûlée

    Crème brûlée is one of those desserts that just makes you feel fancy. But this vegan version is so easy, you could have it every day. I've tried a few vegan crème brûlées that were on the bland side, but this one has a rich, creamy vanilla flavor that will probably make you want to have more than just one.

    If you're hosting a dinner party, this is the perfect recipe to prepare for your guests (the combination of food and fire always seems to impress people). You can prepare the base ahead of time, then caramelize the sugar right before you're ready to serve it. This recipe needs to chill for a couple of hours, so be sure to plan ahead!

  5. Vegan Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop-Tarts

    I'll admit that these homemade brown sugar and cinnamon Pop-Tarts don't taste exactly like the original. But they do taste like what I always wished the brown sugar and cinnamon Pop-Tarts tasted like. While the original crust was underwhelming (am I the only one who used to break off the edges just to get to the filling?), the flaky crust in this recipe is flavorful and delicious.

    The biggest challenge in this recipe was the filling. Other recipes all seem to use very similar fillings which lack flavor, and get hard and chewy when they cool a little. But this filling tastes perfect, and even better, it stays soft and moist when it cools. (A combination of vegan butter and coconut cream is the secret!)

  6. Vegan Lemon Tart

    This lemon tart is a vegan take on a classic French recipe (tarte au citron). It's made with a slightly sweet shortcrust (pâte brisée) and a lemon curd filling with a base of coconut milk and coconut cream.

    For the pâte brisée, I used Earth Balance sticks instead of butter. It's traditionally made by mixing the butter into the dry ingredients with the fingertips, but Earth Balance softens quicker than standard butter, so I used a fork to keep the dough from softening too much. Since the filling doesn't need to be baked, we'll blind-bake the crust (bake it without the filling). You'll need pie weights or dry rice or beans to keep the crust from expanding while it's baking.

  7. Vegan Donuts Donut-Shop-Style Glazed & Chocolate Frosted Donuts

    While many online donut recipes are for cake-like donuts, my favorite donuts are fried yeast donuts. Those are the light, airy, chewy donuts that are the base for glazed donuts and frosted donuts with sprinkles (and the donuts we'll be making in this recipe). I've included a recipe for a classic glaze as well as a chocolate frosting, so you can choose to make whichever one you'd like. (Each coating recipe makes enough for all twelve donuts and donut holes, so if you want to make half and half, make sure you cut the recipe for each coating in half as well).

    If you've ever eaten the glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme, you probably know that they have a light in the window to let you know when the donuts are fresh. Just like theirs, these vegan donuts taste best just after the glaze has set. So it's best to make only as many as you and your family can eat right away. If you do have leftovers, I recommend freezing them as soon as possible using freezer bags. Then, when you're ready to eat them, take them out of the freezer an hour or two ahead of time to defrost. After they're defrosted, you may want to pop them in the oven for 2-3 minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit to warm up a bit. Keep in mind that the glaze may melt a little if you put them in the oven.

  8. These carrot cake cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting are a favorite treat during the holidays.

    Amazing Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

    Sometimes, I create a recipe, and even I can't believe how amazing it turned out. This frosting is one of those recipes.

    As I've mentioned in previous recipes, I used to have a cupcake business many years ago. I've been (slowly) working on creating vegan versions of my old recipes. When I created my vegan carrot cake recipe, I wondered how I was going to recreate a cream cheese frosting to go with it. I wanted to avoid using store-bought non-dairy cream cheese because they vary so widely in their taste and ingredients.

  9. Famous Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    When I had my cupcake business more than 10 years ago, my carrot cake cupcakes had a cult-like following. The same people showed up to my little stand religiously to buy the carrot cake cupcakes over and over. My friends even started randomly offering to help me with various things in exchange for more carrot cake cupcakes. So naturally, they were high on my priority list of cupcake recipes to veganize.

    Cake recipes are complicated to turn vegan, as they don't usually work by simply replacing a few ingredients. However, the effort was well worth it for these delicious cupcakes.

  10. Vegan Sugar Cookies with Buttery Icing

    My favorite childhood Christmas memories include cookies. Each member of my dad's side of the family would make one or two types of cookies each year and bring them to my grandmother's house. In the basement were two long folding tables with endless tins of cookies of all types. After dinner, my grandmother would let us go downstairs and pick whatever cookies we wanted.

    We also got to participate in making some of the cookies. As children, that usually meant roll-out sugar cookies that we got to decorate.

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