A Delectable Surprise!

I just had to post when I got home from school tonight because I had a HUGE surprise!!!!! My friend, Cathy, baked me a vegan chocolate birthday cake!!!!!!!!


I walked into class tonight to find balloons, my cake and a card at my spot and almost cried because the cake is SO gorgeous! I had a feeling she was up to something when she borrowed my vegan cupcakes take over the world book last week and she supersized the basic chocolate cake recipe in it to make a large cake, then she used the buttercream frosting recipe in it to decorate. She is so incredibly talented, making my Dexter cake—she made Dexter out of rolled fondant colored with food coloring. How amazing is that?!! Of course I helped myself to a large slice and shared with my class and a couple chef instructors. Everyone gave it rave reviews and no one could tell of course that it was a vegan cake. I still have about half a cake left and I wish you all lived closer so you could come share this yummy dessert with me! I think this definitely goes down as my highlight of all of culinary school….I feel like a very lucky girl 🙂



And of course, the croquembouche aka monstrosity that we assembled tonight. Yeah………it was destroyed at the end of the night (no one would ever want to eat this!)



(Chef Erin, you look so cute! haha)


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  • Carla
    June 11, 2008 at 2:58 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! that’s really sweet what your friend did!!
    i think that’s the cutest cake that i have seen in my life!!

  • Danielle
    June 11, 2008 at 3:08 am

    Happy early birthday Jenna! That’s so amazing of your friend to do. I love unexpected thoughtful surprises like that 🙂 especially when they’re so beautiful and taste good! Hope you had fun tonight and enjoy your very special day tomorrow!

    P.S. How would you describe the taste of soy yogurt and Hemp milk? Thanks 🙂

  • happy herbivore
    June 11, 2008 at 3:25 am

    What an amazing cake & SWEET FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kristie
    June 11, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Oh my gosh, how amazing of your friend to do that for you! That’s an adorable cake, she’s got some mad cake decorating skills 😉

    Now that croquembouche thingamajig on the other hand…that’s one crazy dessert to say the least!

  • erica
    June 11, 2008 at 3:56 am

    That cake is an absolute masterpiece.. what talent!! That was so sweet of your friend.. I would’ve been bawling!

    And of course, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jenna! I hope you have an amazing day, you deserve it!

  • Romina
    June 11, 2008 at 3:58 am

    your friend is a sweetheart!! Cute cake!

  • babycakes
    June 11, 2008 at 4:02 am

    How wonderful!!! That cake is almost too amazing to eat. What a sweet-heart your friend is! I love that she made Dex the theme of the cake (looks like he approves too! haha). Too cute!

    Sending you the very happiest birthday wishes Jenna! 🙂

  • ashley
    June 11, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Happy Early Birthday! Enjoy that cake!

  • Richelle
    June 11, 2008 at 7:03 am

    She did such an awesome job on that cake! Have an awesome birthday!

  • Jack
    June 11, 2008 at 8:56 am

    It was a delicious cake. And now that I can see the whole thing, it’s even better. Since it’s about 5 am, I can officially say happy birthday too.

  • Lindsay
    June 11, 2008 at 9:35 am

    that is awesome!!!! what a sweet friend u have 🙂

  • MizFit
    June 11, 2008 at 10:12 am


    love the cake.

    my birthday is coming can I get a gluten free with a bullmastiff on top?

  • Erin
    June 11, 2008 at 10:41 am

    WOW!! I wish I had amazing friends like that haha!!
    The cake looks soooooooo good–it’s beautiful!!
    Have a FABULOUS birthday!! 😀

  • healthyceliac
    June 11, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday! That cake is amazing. You have some great friends!

    That last picture is adorable 🙂

  • Christy
    June 11, 2008 at 11:41 am

    That cake is amazing! Whoever made that has amazing talent.
    Happy Birthday!

  • ibex hk
    June 11, 2008 at 11:54 am

    SO CUTE! I love the Dexter cake- happy birthday- sounds like it was a special night in class 🙂

  • Melissa
    June 11, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! That cake looks awesome…it’s so unique, I love it!

  • Andrea
    June 11, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    your cake looks so delicious! i love the design 🙂 i can’t believe you’re only 23 though – seriously! i’m 20 and you are so much more mature. i hope to be like you when im 23.

  • MOM
    June 11, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    happy birthday to you … happy birthday to you … happy birthday dear jennifer … happy birthday to you!!!!!!
    I am looking forward to lunch!!!! At 9:46 A.M. You were officially born!!

  • Heather
    June 11, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    What an awesome cake! That’s obviously a great friend you’ve got there. I’m cracking up at the shot of Dexter checking out his picture 🙂

    Happy Birthday!

  • Theresa
    June 11, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! I hope you have a wonderful day! What better way to spend your birthday than with your mom?! And that cake is awesome~that was so sweet of your friend!

  • Vegan_Noodle
    June 11, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    What an awesome cake!! Bet it tasted good too…

  • Mel H
    June 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    happy b day Jenna!! I hope you have an AMAZING day! you deserve it!!

  • VeggieGirl
    June 11, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    What a gorgeous cake!! So lovely of your friend to bake that (and to make it vegan) for you :0) And wow, that croquembouche is quite… interesting, haha ;0)


  • Betsy
    June 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    that is just too cute!!!!!!!!!! happy birthday jenna!!!

  • Justy2003
    June 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday!
    I wish we were all closer so you could share the cake, too! 😉

  • Sarah
    June 11, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Hope you have a fantastic day. That cake looks amazing. You will definitely remember it for years to come.

  • Anne P
    June 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    aw how sweet!!! i love the picture of dexter with his icing alter ego. how talented your friend is!

    also… since it’s now wednesday… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! 😀

  • Chef Erin
    June 11, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Haha! I love that picture- it sums up our horror/amusement at our croquembouche monstrosity well!
    I also like the picture of Dexter checking out his portrait… He looks a little like he might try to sneak a lick…

  • Mel H
    June 11, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    p.s. your mom is too cute!! My mom would say the exact time I was born too- always does! haha!

  • Greta
    June 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm