Sanctuary Potluck / Dad’s 50th Birthday Cake

We volunteer at Cedar Row Farm Sanctuary as often as we can.  The primary reason is it’s such an amazing place for animals and we want to help out in any way we can, but the bonus is the fact that there’s a vegan potluck for all the volunteers at the end of each work day!  And these potlucks never disappoint.  I didn’t even capture half the food, since it was sprawling over several tables and stuff just kept being added even after I finished taking photos.  There was more desserts and a big pot of carrot soup, too.

Maple-walnut cupcakes (which were SO GOOD), chocolate loaf, lemon cranberry loaf, fudgy brownies.
Watermelon, Brooklyn Deli Mac salad (from Veganomicon)

A bean and chickpea salad, dips, pita triangles

Raw “egg” salad, pita pockets

Pita pockets and an awesome Moroccan grain salad

My plate

My dessert plate.  Also with a peach pie and ice cream!

Later that day (it was a busy day), we had a surprise party for my dad’s 50th birthday.  I made him a peanut butter and jelly cake!  I used the simple vanilla cake recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World but doubled the recipe and split between two cake pans, and increased the baking time to 40 minutes.  Then I made a double batch of the peanut butter buttercream frosting from the same book.  The filling was a seedless strawberry jelly!  It was a hit and I’ll be making it again.

It got devoured pretty quickly.  

– Crystal