Okay, I'm sorry, but I'm going to subject you all to my squealing! I made this killer cake for my friend's birthday (specifically, Isa's Raspberry Blackout Cake) and it turned out amazingly. I don't know if vegan cooking makes matters more difficult for me, or maybe I've just never been too great of a cook to begin with, but it's honestly the tastiest thing I've ever baked. It probably doesn't help that I grew up with cake mixes where all you have to do is add eggs and butter and voila, instant deathcake. Making a great cake from the ground up (AND the frosting!) makes me feel really good. I think I didn't let the frosting soften up enough because it kind of mixed in with a lot of the raspberry preserves on the top of the cake, but meh, you couldn't really tell from looking at it. And it was kind of a squat/lumpy cake (due to my not-so-expert frosting skills) but hey, I'm pretty sure the taste is more important.
I put a shamrock on the top (yeah, I know it looks like hearts) because my friend Kevin looks like/is a crazy irishman. I had to make it personal somehow!
I brought a piece to one of the teachers in the fine art building. He really, really, really liked it. Like, inhaled it before mine very eyes. Knowing FULL well that it was vegan - because I TOLD him. And then he offered me homework help anytime! Baked vegan shit gets you places, man.