I don’t have photos for this post yet, but I will post as soon as I get my hands on them.
Yesterday I participated in the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s 3rd Annual Vegan Bake Off. It was pretty phenomenal- $3 to sample 5-6 items from an entire category. If you were willing to shell out the bones, you could sample from all of the categories.
The categories were gluten-free, cookies, bars, cupcakes and professionally crafted sweets.
I sampled the professional, the cookies and the bars and induced a sugar coma for the remainder of the day.
It was worth it.
Besides stuffing my face, I also took part as a participant this year- I entered my ice cream cupcakes. I did it mostly to get the word out, and let other sweet-loving vegans know that Cakes by Jill exists. I was in the professional category and felt a little over-my-head as a newbie. I prepared 60 mini mocha latte cupcakes and cut them in half, adorning each half with a chocolate covered coffee bean. Here is a pic from a launch I held in the summer, so you can get an idea
The preparations were stressful because the Bake Off venue didn’t have a freezer. So I had to super-pack a cooler with tons of ice and wait to plate my cupcakes until the very last minute. Many thanks to my helpers- Beck, T, Sarah, Steph- I am seriously grateful guys. Most of the early cupcakes maintained their frozen goodness, but after about a half-hour the rest of the cupcakes were more like melty mocha soup. My hands were tied.
The other professionally crafted sweets were amazing! I loved LPK’s peanut butter nanimo bars- they took first place in our category and they really deserved it. I’m still thinking about them!
As for me, well imagine my surprise when I got runner-up! It was so exciting and I am still super pumped- especially because all I could think about was how melty everythign was. Perfectionism. Sigh.
Such a fun afternoon! I promise to post those pics when I get my hands on them. In the meantime, keep checking the TVA website- they will be posting some pics there for sure.
Have a great night everyone.