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Vegan Pastry Class with Liz Gary

Hail! Hail! The Gangs All Here!

Hail! Hail! The Gangs All Here!

What can be better than getting up really early for a Vegan Pastry Class with Liz Gary?

Nothing! Here I am with Liz (middle) and Gabriela, who is a member of one of my group that I organize, Euro Lovers and Friends.

Now I don’t know that I am crazy about early mornings. Nah. I’m probably not. So sleeping ‘in’ till noon might also work for me, in my world. lol

But I can tell you that I have never had a better Saturday morning.

My daughter is getting married soon and so I know it’s important for her to figure out how to create a great Vegan Wedding Cake. So that’s what we were there to do. But we didn’t have to go with vanilla or carrot cake. We went right for the table training for CHOCOLATE Cake. Mmmmm.

Wanna see what we created and how?


Here ya go….

Chocolate - Vegan Style!

Chocolate – Vegan Style!

And I have to tell you …. it’s as delicious as it is pretty.

I could give you the recipe, but then I’d have to kill you.

Just kidding.

I’m going to say: “Contact Liz Gary” and also contact John at The Art Institute, (link is below) to let him know you are jealous and want to attend her next class! lol

I will share a couple of things I learned….

First, the frosting is mostly coconut oil.

And second, when you want to decorate, you can use leaves. Liz brought some beautiful leaves from a lemon tree. And it was just perfect!

Leaves of Chocolate

Leaves of Chocolate

The key to it all is melting the chocolate in a pan over water….(or a bain marie) adding a small amount of coconut oil, then coating one side of the leaf with melted chocolate, (only ONE side please…)¬†then cooling it in the fridge. Actually, Liz recommends using a pastry brush and brushing the chocolate on.

When it’s ready? Just peel back the leaf, and you’ve got a patterned leaf in chocolate.

Go back to the picture of the cake above. Amazing huh?

And this isn’t after days, or weeks or years of practice. This was today, for the first time.

How about some of the other students and what they created. Wanna see?


I’m only sorry you can’t taste them! Here ya go!

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Beautiful & Delish

Beautiful & Delish

I am very pleased that Liz Gary opened the door to great Vegan Classes at The Art Institute, which I believe is part of their “Get Creative” program. We don’t have a ton of women that I consider Pioneers in our field. And Liz is certainly one. I am pleased and thrilled to know her, to work with her as chefs – side by side, and to also be her student and friend.

Going forward, I am going to partner with both Liz and The Art Institute to bring you healthy and fun classes there. So keep your eyes and ears open! Also: if you liked this blog please share it in your social media and with friends. It’s about a Class, an Institute and a great Vegan Pastry Chef worth knowing about.

Happy Eating,

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