Advantages of Being a Vegetarian Making a Vegan Cake
Making A Vegan Cake making a cake for a vegan sound like a daunting task and not be rewarding one. “No eggs, no butter, and no milk – how can that be a cake.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – vegan guide by …”) But the secret is to stop thinking of it as a series of prohibitions and think of it as an opportunity to be creative.
Your vegan cake may be the best one you have ever made if you think freely. You are not making a substitute for a traditional cake. (“How is a vegan cake possible?”) You are making a vegan cake. This is a cake.
A vegan cake might be a stack of pancakes made with buckwheat flour and layered with cashew cream and fresh strawberries. Cashew cream is made by grinding cashew nuts with a small quantity of water in a food processor.
Many fruit cakes do not require eggs because they are not intended to rise extremely high like a sponge cake. When decorated with icing they will be indistinguishable from any other fruit cake. Obviously, you must use vegetable margarine. (“Make Sponge Cake”)
A brownie type cake can be made without egg using only baking powder to make it rise. It will not be the height of a traditional sponge cake. But once it is cool you can assemble it into a taller and more impressive creation. (“Make Sponge Cake”)
A cake of this kind can be made with excellent quality vegetable oil rather than margarine. This has definite health benefits. (“Make Sponge Cake”)
“For preference use whole meal flour in your vegan cake.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – vegan guide by …”) You can also cut down on sugar or eliminate it altogether by using applesauce or grated carrot to sweeten it. This will make your vegan cake a much healthier option. (“Make Sponge Cake”)
Sometimes you will have just had to make a birthday cake. “In this case you will have to resort to an egg substitute.” (“Make Sponge Cake”) There is no other way to get the effect of a sponge that rises and stays risen when baked. The protein in the egg is set in the process of baking. Your local health food store will be able to provide you with a product known as Ener-G Egg Replacer. This will do the job and allow you to produce a vegan cake that is indistinguishable from a “real thing.” (“Make Sponge Cake”)
Why Vegans Don’t Consume Dairy Products
Becoming a vegan means giving up milk and dairy products such as butter and cheese. This is a major change for people who are used to a European diet that historically has always used dairy produce. (“Pixie”)
But in many cultures dairy produce is eaten at all or only rarely. A vegan diet is common in some non-Western societies. It is therefore entirely possible to eat a balanced vegan diet that does not include dairy produce. (“Pixie”)
“The emphasis on dairy produce in the Western diet has produced an enormous industry to stock our supermarket shelves.” (“Pixie”) The nature of this industry is one of the best reasons for becoming a vegan and cutting milk and dairy produce out of your diet.
What was once a treat for high days and holidays has become a daily staple. There are powerful commercial interests involved in encouraging us to eat more dairy produce. That change in our diet has had serious effects on health. The same changes can be seen in other cultures that are in the process of changing to a Western diet. (“Pixie”)
The demand for milk has created an intensive dairy industry in which cows are treated as units of production, not living creatures. Dairy cows are selectively bred for the highest milk yield. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”) They are impregnated every year so that they continue to produce milk.
Cows in intensive dairy units are treated with antibiotics and hormones. Some of them never set foot on grass. The old image of the placid dairy cow in a green field is outdated. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
“Calves are no more than a by-product of the process of producing milk.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – vegan guide by …”) They are taken from their mothers within weeks of their birth. Male calves are disposed of as uneconomic or are sent for veal production. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
More humane farming systems are used on some farms. Vegetarians who wish to consume dairy produce should seek milk produced on farms with high welfare standards.
But even if you can source excellent quality dairy produce from farms with high welfare standards you may wish to eliminate dairy produce from your diet and become a vegan. “A vegan diet is a realistic option and for many people a vegan diet is an ethical option.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
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