Vegan Strawberry Cake

Vegan Strawberry Cake

Vegan Strawberry Cake

You guys! I have found the best strawberry cake and it’s VEGAN!! Recently my husband and I have gone plant based (I’m down almost 40 lbs!) and we are feeling great! I’ve been cooking A LOT and its been quite the tasty journey trying to make some of our favorite dishes without meat/dairy. But the one thing that I hadn’t tried yet was baking. I am a dessert girl, sugar and spice and everything nice for me! I even used to have a baking side gig when we lived in Vegas, so I was a little nervous on how things were going to turn out without using eggs and dairy. Luckily I found this Strawberry Cake recipe from Nora Cooks and let me tell you, it is delicious!! I added a few adjustments and it was a hit with everyone! Literally- neighbors, friends, kids, I wanted to get lots of feedback! Turns out both vegan and non vegans love it!

Check out the video of me making this amazing cake HERE!

And if you’re wondering where all of the beautiful cake stands and bake wear (from the video) are from- almost everything is from my favorite local home store Tampa Bay Interiors.

Vegan Strawberry Cake

A few notes:

  • One thing I have learned in the last few months is that you can make vegan buttermilk with almond milk and apple cider vinegar! And it does the trick! Who knew?
  • Reducing strawberries for a puree takes some time and finesse but it’s worth it to get that real strawberry taste. I didn’t cook it down long enough the 1st time and the cake did not have much of a strawberry taste- it was still delicious but I wanted it to be much more strawberry, so took my time reducing the strawberries the next round.
  • Make sure your butter is softened!
  • Freeze dried strawberries are the trick to a delicious strawberry frosting!
  • Always make extra frosting! Especially if you are layering your cakes!
  • Rule for all baking vegan or not- let your cakes cool before frosting or your going to have a melted mess!

Vegan Strawberry Cake

Vegan Strawberry Cake

Made with real strawberries! Vegan and oh so tasty!

Course Dessert

Ingredients

Strawberry Cake

  • 1 Pound Fresh Strawberries - Reduced to 1/2 cup cooked puree
  • 1 1/4 CUP Almond Milk- Unsweetened
  • 2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Butter - Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp salt

Strawberry Frosting

  • 1 1/2 Cups Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup Vegan Butter - Softened
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-3 Tbsp Almond Milk - Unsweetened

Instructions

  1. Reduce the strawberries- Take either fresh or frozen strawberries and puree them in your food processor. Add to pot on Medium- Low heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes. The bright pink color should slowly turn to a dark red color and reduce to about 1/2 cup. Don't rush this! It's so much more flavorfull when fully reduced! Allow to cool (I put mine in the fridge).

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and lightly flour two 9 inch cake pans

  3. Make the Vegan Butter Milk- Whisk almond milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside.

  4. With your mixer, cream together the softened vegan butter, the canola oil, and the sugar until smooth. Slowly add in the vanilla.

  5. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

  6. With the mixer on low, slowly alternate adding in the vegan buttermilk and the flour mixture to the butter mixture.

  7. Add in the cooled reduced strawberry puree to the mixture.

  8. Add the cake batter evenly into the prepared pans and bake for 30-35 minutes. You'll know its ready when you can insert a toothpick and it comes out dry.

  9. Let cakes cool for 15-20 minutes then invert to a cooling rack. Make sure to let them completely cool before frosting!

Strawberry Frosting

  1. Using a food processor, process the freeze-dried strawberries into a powder.

  2. In your mixer- cream the shortening and softened vegan butter until smooth. Slowly add in the powdered sugar.

  3. Once smooth, add in the freeze dried strawberry powder.

  4. Add in your vanilla and 2-3 tbsp of almond milk until you get to the consistency of your liking.

  5. Time to frost! Make sure your cakes are cool so frosting doesnt melt!

  6. EAT and enjoy 🙂

Stay tuned for more plant based and vegan recipes!

2021-02-13T15:44:24+00:00Baking, SWEETS|

The Softest Pink Pants by Fresh Produce

St. Pete influencer, The Lovely Flamingo, Jill DiGioia wears Fresh Produce Light Pink Pants, a white top, a straw hat and Palm Beach Sandals in front of the pink hotel Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach.

I have found the softest, most comfortable, cutest pants! That’s a lot to say for someone who doesn’t wear pants that often! They are THAT GOOD!! The brand is Fresh Produce and I absolutely love what they are all about- “Comfort, color, and happiness for EVERY woman, EVERY size, and EVERY age” and friends they have some fun, colorful pieces! Their latest collection is called FRESHfit which consists of denim-style pants that are SO SOFT and SO COMFY! There are many different styles available and they come in 4 different colors- including these adorable light pink ones that I have been wearing non stop. Fresh Produce was also kind enough to offer a discount online for 20% OFF!! Just use code: JILL20 🙂 We are also partnering upper a giveaway to win a ✨FREE PAIR ✨ of pants from the collection!! Just head over to my instagram to enter!

St. Pete influencer, The Lovely Flamingo, Jill DiGioia wears Fresh Produce Light Pink Pants, a white top, a straw hat and Palm Beach Sandals in front of the pink hotel Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach.

Florida blogger, The Lovely Flamingo, Jill DiGioia wears Fresh Produce Light Pink Pants, a white top, a straw hat and Palm Beach Sandals in front of the pink hotel Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach.

St. Pete blogger, The Lovely Flamingo, Jill DiGioia wears Fresh Produce Light Pink Pants, a white top, a straw hat and Palm Beach Sandals in front of the pink hotel Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach.

Florida blogger, The Lovely Flamingo, Jill DiGioia wears Fresh Produce Light Pink Pants, a white top and a straw hat skips barefoot on St. Pete Beach Florida.

I am so excited to be collaborating with such an amazing company who is so inclusive! Plus, I just love their colorful, coastal vibes and I’m sure you will too;) Check them out HERE!

The Softest Pink Pants by Fresh Produce

 

 

 

 

2020-02-27T17:09:21+00:00STYLE|

Galentine’s Staycation at Epicurean Hotel Tampa

Does anyone else celebrate Galentine’s Day? It’s such a fun day to get together with you favorite gals whether you’re single or not! This year my friend Jenn (street2beachstyle.com & @jtstjtst11) and I decided to celebrate a few weeks early. We had the pleasure of staying at the Epicurean Hotel for a Galentine’s Day-staycation and it was SO MUCH FUN!! I mean confetti, balloons, bubbly and matching pj’s all at a beautiful hotel?! Yes please!!

St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

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We also had fun walking around the hotel checking things out! This boutique hotel is the perfect combination of urban chic and comfort. There are well thought out details in every corner and you can really feel the collaboration with Tampa’s legendary Bern’s Steak House (which is right across the street). The Epicurean also has little eclectic areas with “instaworthy” spots including a library lounge and a backdrop in the lobby covered from floor to across the ceiling in wooden wine crates. Right across from the lobby is Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits which carries a large selection of special, difficult-to-find wines. Check out my instagram stories highlight for a full tour 🙂

St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

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Attached to the Epicurean is the sweetest ice cream and pastry parlor Little Midway. They have a tasty assortment of treats including some fun ice cream flavors including apple pie, pineapple upside cake and even a non dairy vanilla coconut! Also on the menu are cupcakes, cookie sandwiches, sorbets and mason jars filled with popular flavors. I went with a classic waffle cone covered in sprinkles because well, “Life is better with sprinkles”!

St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

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The restaurant on property is Élevage with a seasonal menu and gorgeous bar that we stopped at for a quick drink before heading outside!

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Perks of living in Florida? 70° and sunny in January! So of course we had to hangout by the pool for a bit. The outdoor area is a tropical oasis lined with palm trees and comfy lounges. While the pool is not huge, it is the perfect size for this boutique hotel.

St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

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Next we headed up to the rooptop cocktail lounge EDGE just in time for sunset! The perfect spot to end our fun day with a glass of champagne. Also on the menu are crafted cocktails, wine, craft beer and small plates. This “Social Drinkery” is filled with vibrant colors, lots of lounges and of course incredible views!!

St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

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We were exhausted after all of the fun and both slept so good in the comfortable beds in the rooms! And you know I just had to try out the robe situation too 😉

St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
St. Pete Blogger, Jill DiGioia of The Lovely Flamingo celebrates Galentine's Day in heart pajamas throwing confetti and balloons at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.

Overall we had a great staycation at the Epicurean Hotel and I would definitely recommend it! Not only is it a beautiful hotel, the service was amazing and the location is great too- it’s in the Soho District of Tampa if you want to head out and explore! I can’t wait to come back for another visit!

Special thanks to the Epicurean for hosting us!

Photos by: Kimberly Romano

2020-01-27T23:15:30+00:00Travel|

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

LILLY SALE

My favorite pieces from the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale this year!

You can shop the whole sale HERE 🙂

2020-01-06T16:22:38+00:00Sale|

DILLARDS NEW YEARS SALE

HAPPY NEW YEAR friends!! One of my favorite things to do on January 1 besides setting goals and brunch, is shopping the DILLARDS SALE! Guys this sale only happens once a year and it’s one day only!! There are so many great brands on MAJOR sale! I’ve linked some of my favorites below 🙂 Happy 2020 and happy shopping!

Dresses/Jumpsuits

Tops/Jackets

Shoes!

Bags

 

Or click here to shop everything! DILLARDS SALE

DILLARDS NEW YEARS SALE

2020-01-01T15:54:04+00:00Sale|

Amazon Gifts For Him

Amazon Gifts For Him

2019-12-22T01:19:35+00:00Amazon, Holiday|