Sunday, December 6, 2009

VB Coffee Cake and Caturday

I am addicted to Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. It's a great recipe book. My latest creation is the East Coast Coffee Cake:

(Sorry for the poor photo, my camera is being repaired and this was a dodgy phone pic.)

This is a piece made using the raspberry chocolate variation. It is both sweet and rich. The overall cake is very more-ish. The white base is a little softer and sweeter than a lot of Australian cakes, but a fruit layer and the crumb topping are an unusual and interesting addition. By the way, for other Aussies, there is no coffee in a coffee cake. It's a bit like a very light tea cake (in which there is no tea, for the non-Aussies) with a light crumble topping.

I have also made an apple and blueberry version. It wasn't in the book, but I just winged it. Here is the apple and blueberry layer recipe:

Apple and Blueberry option for VB Coffee Cake


Coffee cake and topping as per Vegan Brunch. If you prepare the apples first, they can simmer while you make the cake.

2 very large apples (3-4 smaller ones)
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (more if you like lots) left in freezer until ready to use

  • Peel and core apples. Chop apples by making thin slices and then cutting into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • Place apple, water and sugar into saucepan. Bring to boil and reduce to gentle simmer.
  • Simmer uncovered gently for 10-15 minutes until the apples are just tender. Add water if it gets dry. The aim is to end up with cooked apples and almost no liquid.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Make cake batter as per Vegan Brunch recipe. Spread apples over batter. Sprinkle frozen blueberries over apples.
  • Add crumble topping.
  • Bake cake as directed in Vegan Brunch.
Zach declared the raspberry chocolate coffee cake, "The best cake I have had." Mr BrisVegan and J both liked it. Morgan was not so keen. She found the top "sandy", though she had liked the crumble on the previous apple blueberry option. She has asked for me to make the apple blueberry again. I am taking some to a picnic today, cut into slice squares, so I will be able to give you an omni-friendliness review soon.

(Late) Caturday

Miss Switch in the great outdoors:

Here Switch is perched on my potted lemon tree. I think she was just about to jump on Berry.


  1. Nom! The only things I've made from Vegan Brunch are a quiche and the cinnamon rolls (several times - amazing study snacks!).

    So jealous of the kitty...

  2. That coffee cake looks delish! I'll say it again...I gotta get that book!!
    (although, I need a new cookbook like I need a hole in the head!)

  3. I think it's a sign that I have been here for too long when I saw the title of your post and though "beer in a cake, hmm..." before realising that VB is not vegan and obviously you meant something else. Anyways, the cake sounds really great!

  4. I love that coffee cake, I need to try that variation as I've only made it plain so far.

  5. Amy - the cinnamon rolls are high on my list. Re kitty: she is a sweety. I can rave on about her and her sister Berry for ages. ("Re"?! clearly, I am still writing like a lawyer...)

    Theresa and Seitahn - Vegan Brunch (VB) is my current favourite cookbook. So good.

    Mandee - I suspect I may end up working my way through all the variations. I love fruit in cakes!

  6. Yummy! I love 'coffee' cakes - amd am eternally grateful there is no actual coffee because I think coffee is ick.

    I like the idea of apple and blueberry. :)

    *snorgles kitty*