I don’t know about you, but I have always loved to play with Legos. First when I was younger and then later when I was older with my little brother. In fact, that was the theme of my brother’s 6th birthday cake I made for him last year.
I was so ecstatic when I got a cake order for making a Lego themed cake for a friend of my brother’s.
There were a few twists though. For one, I had to make the cake completely dairy, egg, and nut free. That wasn’t all that hard since I experiment with vegan desserts for my dad all the time. Two, the cake had to serve a lot of people so I had to make a two tier cake for the first time.
I have to say that this cake took some time to make (about 12 hours straight), but I was happy with the result considering that it was my first time making a two tier cake.
I looked online for some good recipes to try out before finalizing the one I wanted to use. The first cake recipe that I tried didn’t work out unfortunately, but the next one (with a few adjustments) worked out great. You couldn’t even tell the difference from a non vegan cake. The frosting was pretty easy to make as well. I used my normal buttercream recipe and replaced the butter with non-hydrogenated vegan butter and the regular milk with rice milk.
I also had to made sure that all of my ingredients weren’t made at a factory that produced nuts. The fondant I used was the Satin Ice brand. Though this fondant costs twice as much as the regular one, the texture, quality and the taste is much better.
As for the design, I did the bottom tier covered in red, blue, green, and yellow lego sized strips. I also used fondant to write out the birthday boy’s name that looked a bit like the Lego logo.
For the top tier, I covered the cake with blue fondant and scattered fondant Lego bricks that I had made. I thought that the top looked a bit plain so I added a couple of fondant stars that I attached to a piece of my florist wire.
I was so glad that the birthday boy, his family and the guests really enjoyed the cake!
PS: Most happiest person with this recipe is is my vegan dad. He has already started bugging me to make a cake like this (not a lego theme) for his upcoming birthday but one which is gluten free as well 🙂
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Vegan Vanilla Cake
Makes 1 8in. or 9in. Cake
Makes 2 6in. cakes
2 cups of rice milk
2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar
2 ½ cups of organic all purpose flour
1 ½ tsp. of baking powder
4 tbs. of cornstarch
1 tsp. of baking soda
1 tsp. of salt
2/3 cup of oil
1 ½ cups of granulated sugar
4 ½ tsp. of pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease your pan with cooking spray.
2. Stir together rice milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside for later.
3. Using a whisk or spatula, mix oil, sugar, and vanilla extract. Then pour rice milk mixture and stir until combined.
4. Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium sized bowl.
5. Whisk in flour mixture into oil mixture.
6. Batter will be lumpy so pour batter through a sieve to get rid of lumps.
7. Pour batter into prepared pan(s) and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Let cake(s) cool completely before serving or decorating.
(adapted from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World)