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What's the best vegan butter substitute?

There is certainly no shortage of options out there but my personal favorite is Earth Balance’s Soy Free Spread. Now, just to be clear, this is not a paid advertisement. I just love the product. I’ve been using Earth Balance since I first went vegan almost a decade ago because: 1) it tastes like real butter, 2) it looks like real butter, 3) (and most importantly) it acts like real butter. That means it melts in the way the real stuff would and combines with melted chocolate like the real stuff would. I use it for all of my recipes at the Curious Cat Bakery that require butter so that includes everything from buttercream to cookies to caramel and sweet...

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My secret to the best vegan chocolate cake

As the founder of a vegan bakery that specializes in making treats you could never tell are vegan, I get asked A LOT of questions about vegan baking so I thought I’d start answering some of those here on the blog on a segment I call “Ask a Vegan Baker.” I know, super creative, but it’s self explanatory! Today’s question: what is the secret to the perfect chocolate cake? As a lover of all things chocolate, this one is very close to my heart. The answer is pretty simple: the perfect chocolate cake is not overly sweet.  A lot of chocolate cakes out there can be hurt-your-face-sweet and that is not good. All the chocolate cakes at the Curious Cat...

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That Time I Veganized The Great British Baking Show

Have you ever set out to do something and then 3 minutes in, you're like what the heck did I get myself into? That was me after announcing on my Instagram that I was going to be veganizing the challenges from season 10 of The Great British Baking Show. When I set off on this challenge, I had no clue of what I was getting myself into to be honest. I just thought it'd be fun. Little did I know I would learn so much in the process too. Here were my favorite moments and recipes: Bread Week: Helena's Cinnamon Rolls I had never made cinnamon rolls before and I was so nervous! It's crazy to think these amazing cinnamon rolls...

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We're Ocean Friendly Certified!

When I started the Curious Cat Bakery I had one main goal: to change the world one vegan dessert at a time. I wanted (and still do) to get more people to choose a vegan dessert because at the end of the day, a good cupcake is a good cupcake. Period. Regardless of whether it is vegan or not. But that’s not the only aspect of the bakery’s world changing mission. I run my business the way I hope others, however big or small, will run theirs. So I pay any contracted employees a minimum of $15/hour. I treat every vendor with respect. I support other local (and when possible women-owned) businesses for services and products I need like printing...

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The award winning cupcake

I call it the gateway drug. The Once Pecan a Time Cookie is the one item in the Curious Cat Bakery menu that literally everyone loves. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like nuts, if you’re not really a cookie person (whhhaaat? that’s a thing?) or if you’re not really a sweets person (again, what?!). Everyone who tries it, loves it. So when I decided to compete in the Morean Arts Center Annual Cupcake Contest this last Saturday, I knew I had to incorporate that cookie in my entry. I settled on a chocolate cake with fudge frosting and a cookie across the top. That way you get a little bit of cookie with every bite. Well, I’m happy to...

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