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Cake Obsession


Lately, I’ve been obsessed with a cake. Okay, make that two cakes. For the record, I’m really not much of a dessert person, nor am I especially into raw foods. Which is why it may surprise you (as it did me!) that the two cakes I’m obsessed with are from Amber Shea Crawley’s new book, Practically Raw Desserts. The recipes in this book have been tantalizing me for a while now, since Jon’s company, Vegan Heritage Press, published the book.

My main obsession is the Confetti Birthday Cake you see above. I swear I’ve been dreaming about this cake with its vanilla coconut-crème frosting and its adorable coconut confetti sprinkles. I plan to make this delightful confection for my own birthday, but I may not be able to wait until Jun.  Maybe Earth Day…that’s next week! 🙂

The other cake that captures my attention is this insanely delicious-looking Enlightened Carrot Cake that is not only raw, vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, but also grain-free, nut-free, low-calorie, low-fat, no-added-sugar, and no-bake. Yes, it’s all that! I’m in awe of the fact that something that looks so luscious can be so virtuous.


There are lots of other amazing treats in Practically Raw Desserts. What I like best about the book is that it has something for everyone, even those with various food allergies. All of the recipes in the book are vegan, low-glycemic, and free of dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, soy, refined sugars, refined flours, yeast, starches, gums, corn, and peanuts. They are also reasonably low (to very low) in calories and require no special equipment. The recipes are clearly written with lots of variations and substitutions.  Several of the recipes are “no-bake” while others can be made either raw or baked.

The sheer variety in Practically Raw Desserts is astonishing too. Among the other recipes (besides those two cakes!) that I’ve marked as “must try” are:

Tuxedo Cheesecake Brownies
Baklava Blondies
Key Lime Pie
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Crumb-Topped Chocolate Hazelnut Torte
Coconut Heaven Cupcakes
Salted Tahini Caramels
White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffles

Whether you’re vegan, raw, or just like good desserts, you’ll find lots to love in Practically Raw Desserts. And if you or someone you know has certain food sensitivities, this book is definitely or you.


{ 13 comments… add one }

  • Heather April 15, 2013, 11:38 pm

    looks like an awesome book, have added it to my wish list along with her earlier book.

    • Robin April 16, 2013, 7:20 am

      I think you’ll be glad to have them both, Heather. They’re really unique and the recipes are wonderful.

  • Jojo April 16, 2013, 6:53 am

    Those cakes are beautiful and it surprises me that the carrot cake is raw, it totally looks like a gooey, flour-filled cake!

    • Robin April 16, 2013, 7:19 am

      I agree, Jojo! The cakes are totally amazing!

  • Chef Amber Shea April 16, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Thank you so much, Robin! I think you’ll love both of those cakes – they’re two of my favorites, too. 🙂

    • Robin April 16, 2013, 1:25 pm

      I know I’ll love them, Amber. Congrats on your new book — it’s really outstanding!

    • Chris April 16, 2013, 2:08 pm

      Just wondering if a kindle edition is far on the horizon?

  • Karen April 16, 2013, 4:01 pm

    I just wanna put my face in that carrot cake. NOM NOM NOM

    • Robin April 17, 2013, 8:58 am

      Karen, I know what you mean! It looks TOO good!!!

  • Susan April 27, 2013, 6:47 am

    Wow, what gorgeous looking cakes!
    I’m often not a huge fan of raw desserts (I find a lot of them too heavy on coconut oil), but I love being surprised with amazing raw desserts!

    • Robin April 28, 2013, 5:05 pm

      I think you’d love these desserts, Susan.

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