An EPIC thank you to everyone who participated in this past weekend’s SF Vegan Bakesale! We raised $593 for Pets Unlimited! A special thanks goes to the amazing bakers who donated their goods (vegan croissants! gluten-free brownies! mini garlic and herb rolls!) and time- you really are the icing on our cupcakes! Just think of how much we together helped out these cute little faces over at Pets Unlimited:
Get in touch if you’d like to adopt or foster one of these sweet animals! Find more info at PetsUnlimited.org.
With this sale, our most recent Bakesale organizer is bidding adieu to San Francisco in her pursuit of a vegan culinary education in NYC.
Welcome our two new organizers, Antoinette and Margaux, as they step up to run this thing! I know they’ve got a lot of great ideas brewing, so keep an eye out!
It’s crazy nice out, let’s celebrate! And what better way than with cookies, cake, and sweets? That’s right, another SF VEGAN BAKESALE’s coming your way!
It’s a bit impromptu; the current Bakesale organizer is moving out of SF in a few weeks, and we’d like to throw one last hurrah before she goes. Still, it’s like licking a huge bowl of leftover cookie dough- when it comes to charity, every little and last bit counts!
Can you imagine how hard it’s going be without all her favorite Bay Area vegan bakeries? We love the SF vegans best- better than all the rest! So we need your help to spread this last bit of sweet, SF (Indian) summer lovin’. Any donation of vegan baked goods would be greatly appreciated. We’d also love to expand the festivities into a prize/raffle situation, and welcome any donations of gift certificates/ merchandise. We especially need help from you home bakers! Whip us up something yummy!
Join us on September 29th as we raise money and support for Pets Unlimited, whose Shelter and Adoption Center finds and rescues as many injured and neglected pets as possible, no matter how long it takes. Pretty inspiring, right? For more info, visit PetsUnlimited.org. Our sale will take place from 12-4 pm in front of Herbivore on Divisadero (531 Divis.)
It’s that magic SF season between summer fruit (goodbye peaches!) and autumn vegetables (hello, pumpkin!), so we’re excited for every and all donations! If you’re interested in baking/donating vegan treats, please let us know! Can’t bake? Please spread the word, and come by to lend your support!
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING SF!
SF VEGAN BAKESALE NEEDS YOU!
With the current organizer moving to New York, the Bakesale needs a few good vegans to fill her shoes and run this thing! Organizing the sales can be as simple or involved as you like- basically, you’ll be signing on to choose a charity, maintain the twitter and tumblr accounts, organize volunteer bakeries and home bakers, and find a fun, community-minded locale to host the sales. This is a great position for a creative, thorough individual who enjoys meeting people, helping the SF community, and spreading the vegan word via cupcakes and cookies.
Interested? Planning for the upcoming late-October Bakesale is currently underway, and we’d love to get you familiar with what it takes to put on a sale from beginning to end. We’ll throw the next sale together, then let you take the reigns. Email Camille at email@example.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!
Cafe St Jorge
It’s been pretty quiet around these parts, but worry not, another Bakesale is coming your way soon! In the meantime, check this out:
Have you heard of Test Kitchen Bakery? The owner, Andrea, has been contributing to the SF vegan scene for over 11 years, via working at various local cafes like Haight’s The Grind, running her own online bakery, and by donating to the SF Vegan Bakesale. Now it’s time for us to help her out!
Last year she quit her awesome full-time job (BRAVE!) to fulfill her lifelong dream of running a cafe and bakery. After months and months of searching for the right location, Cafe St. Jorge has found a wonderful home at 3438 Mission Street and should be opening the doors this summer! Named after her family’s hometown in Portugal, the cafe will feature Stumptown coffee and Portuguese-inspired fare. All that, plus delicious vegan and gluten-free baked goods? We’re in!
But! She needs our help to open up the doors. She’s got a Kickstarter campaign going, so swing on by and donate! Keep a lookout for more info as her opening date approaches!
We’d like to extend a huge THANKS to everyone who helped make our bakesale this weekend a great success! We raised over $1500 for Animal Place! A special thanks goes to everyone who donated, businesses and individuals alike, we couldn’t have done it without you. We are so grateful to all who volunteered, whether by spending time with us at the sale, ferrying treats to the sale, or putting up flyers- You’re the best! And of course, a great big thanks to everyone who visited our sale- we loved meeting fellow vegans and spreading the word that cruelty-free treats are the most delicious of all. THANKS! Keep in touch, we’d love to hear how you’re all doing in between sales. Happy Valentine’s Day!
New to vegan baking? Reference our handy guide, and you’ll become a pro at baking up delicious vegan treats. Don’t be afraid to experiment, baking is fun!
Best Vegan Sugar Cookies
Like that poster down there? Hugs and Kisses, Hearts, and all that? Believe me, those cookies taste just as good as they look! With a bit of searching, I found a delicious cookie recipe I know I’ll be using for years to come. With one surprise (to me, anyway) ingredient, the recipe makes the type of sugar cookies I remember before going vegan- buttery and soft, with a slight snap when bitten into. Find the recipe for the cookies HERE.
Then comes the tricky bit: the frosting. I initially follow the recipe posted underneath the cookie recipe, but found it, and others like it on the internet using corn syrup and almond extract, totally lacking. My initial batches turned out soupy and sickly sweet, no good! So I stuck with my tried and true recipe, one based on my memories of the book The Joy of Vegan Baking.
Vegan Royal Icing:
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer (see below)
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
food coloring, optional. (Check out a post for food-based alternatives HERE!)
Combine first three ingredients and whisk until frothy. Slowly add powdered sugar (sifting first removes lumps!), and stir or beat until smooth. Divide into bowls, and add food coloring. You can adjust the thickness by adding more powdered sugar or water depending on your needs.
If you’re feeling fancy, you can add more powdered sugar to one batch to create thicker frosting you can then use to outline the cookies. Then more water to another batch to use for flooding. Check out a great tutorial HERE.
Otherwise, do what I did and just dip ‘em straight in, letting them drip excess into the bowl, and swiveling them around to catch the last little bit. It takes a few tries, so start with the wonky ones. By the end, you’ll be a pro!
Be our Valentine? SF Vegan Bakesale | February 10 | 11-5pm @ Herbivore, 983 Valencia
We at the SF Vegan Bakesale can’t think of any better way to celebrate LOVE this Valentine’s Day than with cruelty-free cookies, cake, and chocolate.
Join us for some of the Bay Area’s best vegan treats on Sunday, February 10 from 11-5 pm outside Herbivore in the Mission (983 Valencia Street, SF). We’ll be sending our love (and sale proceeds) to Animal Place, whose shelters provide permanent sanctuary and placement for farm animals in need. For more information, visit animalplace.org.
So whether you’ll be playing heartbreak hits or sappy ballads this Valentine’s Day, we’d love your help. WE NEED BAKERS AND VOLUNTEERS! Any donation of vegan baked goods would be greatly appreciated.
Can’t bake? You can still help! Please spread the word, distribute our flyer, and come by to lend your support. Valentine’s Day’s nothing without some sweet treats! Thanks!
We did it! Thanks to everyone who made our first bakesale a HUGE success, from those who baked, those who bought, and those who spent the day with us! We raised $1000 for PAWS! While we’d, of course, hoped for the best, I know both Lali and I expected to hit more than a few speedbumps along the way. What we didn’t expect was to reach our $1000 goal, sell out our entire table, and even make a new friend or two. YAY!
We had a great time, and are looking really looking forward to our next one. Well, maybe after a little sugar break: as soon as we stop finding frosting on the elbows of all of our clothes, that’s how we’ll know it’s time for the next one.
We also can’t believe how many people requested recipes from the sale! Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing some of our favorites, like Christine’s Banana Creme Whoopie Pies and Kim’s Almond Shortbread cookies.
We’d love to hear about some of your favorites as well! Keep in touch with us via Twitter and Facebook.
Get your oven mitts ready, it’s time for another SF Vegan Bakesale!
The bakesale torch has recently been passed along, and as new organizers of the sale, we’d love your help making our first one great!
Like our awesome predecessors, we’re out to show the world that veganism doesn’t have to be all about kale and chia seeds, and can instead be about stuffing your face with delicious vegan treats for a great cause. It’s the best kind of altruism, because, really, cupcakes + cuddly animals? Who can resist? Not us, certainly!
Our sale will be taking place on Sunday, July 8th from 11am to 5 pm, in front of Mission Bicycle
(766 Valencia Street between 18th and 19th). Our beneficiary for the sale will be PAWS
, an amazing organization that provides companion animal services to the sick and elderly.
If you’d like to bake, please let us know! Give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org. A hot mess in the kitchen? Bring your pretty face on by the sale and enjoy some of the Bay Area’s best of the best vegan sweets. We’d also love volunteers for the day of the sale! Lali and I met volunteering at the last one, and really had a blast getting to know our predecessors, Heather and Rachel, as well as all the other fun visitors to the sale. It’s a great way to get more connected to the Bay Area vegans; I know I got a lot of great tips, like where’s the best vegan mac and cheese (Homeroom
), and the wine bar I’ve just got to visit (Encuentro
Tell all your friends! Heck, tell your enemies, your co-workers, that girl in front of you at Starbucks who’s getting that soy latte, no whip. Tell everyone you know! We will be. See you all on the 8th!