It’s my baby niece’s fault.
You see, they found out she was allergic to dairy and soy about a year ago. My sister therefore had to change her own diet since she was nursing. This was around her 35th birthday last year (today!), so I felt like I needed to somehow make a dessert that my sister could eat. I don’t remember what I searched for that actually led me to it, but the recipe that intrigued me the most was Joy the Baker‘s Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake.
Joy’s blog was actually my first true introduction to the world of food blogging. Up until then, I would just blindly look up recipes on AllRecipes.com or look through cookbooks (I still do both, of course). It was all over from there. I started bookmarking any blog that seemed interesting, and still check them all almost every day. I must have immediately felt like blogging was something I’d like to do, as evidenced by all the photos that I took while making and serving this cake. Since then, I’ve almost always made a point to photograph at least the finished products.
As you can see by the photos above, the wet ingredients of this cake make an interesting…soup. Once you add the dry ingredients though, it definitely looks like chocolate cake batter. This was my first time making a vegan dessert, so I learned about the vinegar/baking soda trick to make the batter rise! Continue reading »