A little while ago, I briefly mentioned the amazing chocolates I was able to try from Icing on the Cake and promised to do a longer feature later. Well, it is now later and I have lots to share with you. Lucky me, I was contacted by the store's lovely owner, Vie Sweet, who generously invited me to stop by and sample some vegan caramels. A couple of weeks after this kind invitation, my husband and I wandered downtown and popped into the very cute store and had a great chat with Vie.
Not only did she give me the most beautiful, lovely, and divine-tasting chocolates and turtles to try, she had also made me a gorgeous and wonderful cake, which is featured in the photo at the top of this post. And now I have a bit of an embarrassing confession to make: The cake was soooo delicious, so wonderful, so good, that every time I had some of it, I would actually get so excited about eating it I would forget to take a picture of it sliced and beautifully presented on a plate, photographed in all of its loveliness so that you could see the rich chocolate that made up its interior.
Honestly, you would think that after all these years of writing about and photographing food, and with and ENTIRE cake at mine and my husband's disposal, I would have snapped at least one photograph of it once I had cut into it. I think I was so blown away by the beautiful cake and how amazingly delicious it was, it really slipped my mind completely, and on repeated occasions, to take a single picture.
While embarrassing for me, I share this in an attempt to somehow convey to you how awesome this cake was. While most vegans I know understand that vegan desserts and baked goods can be just as good (if not better!) than their non-vegan counterparts, I do think there is still a general misconception out there by most omnivores that a vegan dessert just won't be as good as one that is made with dairy and eggs. And this cake was an example of something that could dispel that misconception--I truly don't think anyone would ever have guessed it was vegan--it was so rich, so moist and so very chocolatey and good.
And this cake was in addition to Vie Sweet's amazing chocolates, which were better than any vegan chocolates I have ever had. If you haven't stopped by Icing on the Cake yet, you most definitely should. I can't recommend Vie's chocolate creations enough! Bellingham is lucky to have someone so talented in this city.
Currently, she makes vegan cakes and cupcakes only for special orders, but she did mention that if there was enough of a market for them, she would be interested in carrying them more regularly. And she has definitely proven to me that she is exceptionally vegan -friendly. Thank you, Vie Sweet, for your delicious generosity! I know I will be seeing you again soon!