14. Share something vegan (and delicious, duh!) with a non-vegan.
My friend and co-worker Lisa has somehow lucked out and has become the one work person that I make a birthday cake for every year and take it to work to share. Lisa is a vegetarian, and the everyone else is an omni. In previous years the theme has normally been berries, however this year Lisa was keen to branch out after she heard me mention pineapple upside-down cakes. I really like pineapple upside-down cakes, they are fun! I've made a few in the past, so for this year I settled on a recipe I hadn't tried before (which is always my way), the one from American Vegan Kitchen.
Of course the most important part of a pineapple upside down cake is the syrup and pineapple layer! In this recipe, the holes in the pineapple are stuffed with dried cherries. Then of course you top it with the batter, bake it, and turn it out to reveal a beautifully glazed cake.
When I turned it upside down, the pineapple had migrated to the outer edges leaving the middle of the cake without pineapple. Also,the glaze in the middle stuck to the pan, leaving the top of the cake looking super nekkid! I was able to scoop up the glaze from the pan and patch it back onto the cake, and decorate the middle with my super cook cake decorations that I have had since I was a kid. The recipe calls for four rings of pineapple (which was conveniently how much was in a small tin of rings), but if I made it again I would put a fifth ring in the middle.
All packed up and ready to go to work the next day!
The all important cutting of the cake! Supervised by a watchful Evie.
I was a little worried about the cake, because it seemed to have a lot of baking powder in it. It also seemed a little dry on cutting, though it had been stored in the fridge and I did have to bake it an extra 10 minutes to set it properly. However it all tasted good! And the important thing is that Lisa really liked it, I got a message from her saying she wanted to keep eating it all! So success!
Recipe rating: :)
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On her 13th birthday. <3