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Pumpkin Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting

November 22, 2015



Lots has happened in the past few weeks! Most importantly, I received a full time position in a grade 5 class! And I’m so excited to have my own class. At first I was a little nervous about teaching intermediate, since I did my practicum before in a grade 2 class. However, I’ve been substitute teaching in all grades over the last two years and so far I’m really enjoying grade 5. I find that the day goes by faster, since there’s always something happening and things to get done, students to help etc. In primary there is a lot more play time, ‘centre’ time, and down time with the little ones. I really enjoy teaching a lesson, being able to introduce new concepts and themes for each subject, and really interacting with the students. So far everything’s going well!

Also in the past week or two it’s gotten an awful lot more chilly. In the morning there is noticeable frost on the ground and windows, making the drive into work look like a frosty winter wonderland. As Adam tells me, I’m lucky to have a short commute to work – only a 15 minute drive! Which i’ll be even happier about when it starts snowing. 

sfAll the cold weather and frosty windows makes me want to start decorating for the holidays, so this weekend Adam brought out the boxes of christmas decor. I always love going through them and re-discovering old items or things I had purchased at the end of the holiday season last year. The only thing I’m having trouble with is that we don’t have a mantle or fireplace, and we don’t even really have a shelf/countertop in the living/dining room. So, when I took out the stockings and stocking holder I wasn’t sure where it was going to go. Last year we put it under the TV, on the shelf with the playstation/tv PVR etc. but since we always swivel our TV to face the kitchen etc, it knocks off the stocking holder or you constantly have to move it out of the way. I’m still not sure where they’ll go, but i’m trying to talk Adam into making a ‘credenza’ in the dining room… we’ll see how that goes ;)

For now, i’m gathering my holiday baking recipes together so I can start baking for get togethers. We already have our third annual neighbour get together at our place next Sunday with about 15 people, so I’m trying to get ready early. 


I made this cake for a dinner with Adam’s sister and brother-in-law one night and it’s a dense cake, almost like a pumpkin pie meets cake – cake. Since I have a dairy allergy to cow’s milk, I wondered what it would taste like to use goat cheese in the frosting instead of cream cheese, and it was delicious. I would definitely use this frosting on other cakes or even brownies. 

Pumpkin Layer Cake
A dense spiced pumpkin layer cake with goat cheese frosting.
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  1. 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  6. big dash of cinnamon, nutmeg
  7. 3 large eggs
  8. 1 1/2 cups pumpkin - not filling
  9. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 cup almond milk or other milk alternative
for the frosting
  1. 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
  2. 3-4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  3. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line three 6 or 8 inch cake pans with parchment paper
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, in a medium bowl.
  4. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until pale and fluffy
  5. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.
  6. Beat in pumpkin; add vanilla
  7. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 batches of almond milk; beat until just combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  8. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
  9. Bake until cakes are golden brown, edges pull away from sides of pans, and a cake tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  10. Transfer to rack to cool.
For the frosting
  1. beat butter and goat cheese until fluffy, add in icing sugar one cup at a time, beating until light and fluffy.
  2. Place bottom layer on a cake stand and spread evenly with half the frosting.
  3. Top with second layer, spread more frosting and top with last layer. finish the top with more frosting and sprinkle with walnuts.
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Cheesecake, Pumpkin, Raw, Vegan

Raw, Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake

November 7, 2015

raw pumpkin cheesecake

At what point do you break and turn on the heat in your house once fall has arrived? For us, the breaking point came this week and we’ve turned on the heat in our room at night so our bed is warm as toast when we’re ready to go to sleep. 

We don’t have central heat, so we only turn it on in the rooms we’re in. This means that our downstairs is usually freezing during the winter, the second floor is somewhat warm, and the only room upstairs that is warmed up is our bedroom. The worst feeling is stepping out of a warm shower, onto the cold tile. So far we have been lucky, with an usually warm fall, however this week there was most certainly a cold snap that came in. 

I’m also always, always cold. I’m the person who can be cold in the shade on a hot day. Of course, Adam says it’s my fault since I never wear socks, and most of my leggings are capri’s and only cover until my knee. His solution for the cold is longer pants and a pair of fuzzy socks. However, I’ll still layer three blankets on top while I watch TV. 

I made this pumpkin cheesecake while it was still fairly warm, for our Canadian Thanksgiving in early October. While a raw, vegan cheesecake is great for when you don’t want to turn on the oven, I can’t bake fast enough to feel the warmth radiating out of the oven now. 

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With the American Thanksgiving on the horizon, I thought I’d share this easy seasonal pumpkin cheesecake, that’s both raw and vegan. Much like my Chocolate Raw Cheesecake earlier this year, this recipe is easy and delicious, yummy enough to fool any cheesecake loving person. 


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Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
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  1. CRUST
  2. 1 cup packed medjool dates, pitted
  3. 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  4. 1 cup oats
  6. 3 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight or in hot water
  7. 1 lemon, juiced
  8. 3/4 cup coconut milk
  9. 6 Tbs. coconut oil
  10. 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  11. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  12. pumpkin pie spice to taste
  13. Caramel Topping: (optional)
  14. 1/2 cup dates
  15. 4 Tbs. Coconut Sugar
  16. 2-3 Tbs. Water
  1. In food processor add dates, plus a dash of water.
  2. Add oats and pumpkin seeds.
  3. Push crust into 8"-9" springform pan, and slightly up the sides.
  4. Once cashews are soaked and drained, add to blender with remaining filling ingredients and puree until very smooth - 3-5 minutes. If it is too thick, add more coconut milk. Or work in batches if it is too hard on your blender.
  5. Pour filling into crust, and smooth out if necessary. Chill in Refrigerator overnight.
  6. Once set, run a butter knife along the edges, and release the springform pan.
To make Caramel Topping
  1. In small saucepan, heat water, dates and coconut sugar on medium heat until simmers. Set aside to cool slightly, then puree in blender or food processor until smooth, liquid caramel sauce texture. Pour over chilled cheesecake, let set over night.
  1. I like to place the cheesecake in the freezer for about 20 minutes before serving, it firms it up completely, and I find the colder it is, the more cheesecake like it tastes!
Adapted from Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
Adapted from Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake
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Birthdays, Cakes

Tiramisu Cake

June 26, 2015

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School is officially out for summer!!!

And man – is it ever summer. It’s the hottest June we have had in forever. And somehow this month flew by, like literally jumped from the first day to the last week of june in one day. My birthday was June 5, and it already feels like forever ago. In another week and a half it will be TWO MONTHS until we get married. TWO MONTHS!!!!!!!! where did the time go????? Holy moly let’s get going. 

We will be engaged for over a year and a half, and it seems like even that wasn’t long enough. There is SO much I want to get done this summer for the wedding, and being a teacher I am so lucky to have the next two months off to complete my big to-do list ( i know, the perks). Let the wedding planning countdown begin in full force.

At the beginning of the month, we celebrated my birthday by going out of town for the night. It was on a friday this year, so we headed to the mountains for a getaway. We went up to Squamish for the night, and then climbed The Chief on the saturday afternoon. I felt like a horrible vancouverite for never having climbed it, and only completing ‘the grind’ (grouse mountain grind hike) for the first time the week before. It was fun to get out and do something outdoors for my birthday, seeing as how it has been absolutely gorgeous weather all month long. Of course, I had to make myself a birthday cake to bring up with us, that we no doubt had to burn-off the calories the next day on the hike.

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My Nonna had made her delicious tiramisu for my wedding shower at the end of may, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it – i love tiramisu. It’s a great no-bake (or in this cake, baked) summer dessert that is both chilled and caffeinated – the ultimate summer combination. The traditional cake is made with lady fingers, thus no baking required. However I wanted a ‘birthday cake’ feel so i turned the lady fingers into a dry italian sponge cake, then soaked it in espresso and liquor. Since I have a dairy intolerance I decided to try out a vegan cream cheese to replace the mascarpone, and added coconut cream to stiffen it up. It turned out perfect – and it was absolutely delicious. I definitely suggest making it for a summer event this year. If you’re like me, and don’t drink coffee but love coffee flavoured foods, you’ll love tiramisu.


happy summer!

Tiramisu Cake
A delicious sponge cake, soaked in espresso & kahlua, with silky frosting dusted with cocoa powder
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For the Cake
  1. 6 eggs, separated
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup cake flour
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
For the coffee syrup
  1. 1 - 2 cups strong espresso
  2. 1/2 - 1 cup kahlua
For the Frosting
  1. 1 package vegan cream cheese
  2. 1 can coconut cream (cold, refrigerate overnight or in freezer for a couple hours)
  3. 1/2 cup - 1 cup confectioners sugar
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the Cake
  1. Prepare two 6" round cake pans, line with parchment paper and spray.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Separate eggs, putting whites into a large mixing bowl, and yolks in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Add ½ cup sugar to whites and beat until very stiff, with handheld blender.
  5. Add ½ cup sugar to yolks and beat until very thick and light yellow in color.
  6. Fold egg yolk mixture into egg whites.
  7. Next, fold flour in using a spatula, ⅓ cup at at time, incorporating well after each addition.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool for 10 minutes then remove from pan and set aside.
  10. Allow to cool completely, and then cut cake in half. I baked the cake the night before, and let it dry out on the counter overnight before cutting them in half. This allows the liquid to be soaked up nicely, like lady fingers in a regular tiramisu dessert.
For the Frosting
  1. In a blender with whisk attachment, or using handheld blender, whip the vegan cream cheese and coconut cream until light and fluffy. Add confectioners sugar and vanilla and whip again. Set aside in the fridge.
To assemble
  1. Add the coffee and kahlua together. Lightly soak the sliced cake layers with coffee syrup. Place first layer on cake stand, and add more liquid. Add 1 cup of frosting to the layer and smooth out with offset spatula. Using a small sifter, add cocoa powder. Place second cake layer on top, and repeat process: coffee syrup, frosting, cocoa powder. Continue with all layers, finishing top with cocoa powder or even grated chocolate.
  1. You may need to increase coffee syrup depending on how much each layer soaks up. I always make lots and then pour any extra right onto the cake once sliced. Allow to sit in the fridge for at least a few hours, or overnight is better. This allows the coffee to soak into the layers, making them moist, and all the flavours will blend together. Serve cold.
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