The Science of Easy Vegan Baking

Samita Sarkar, Author and Vegan Baker

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14 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Let's Get Started

      1:37
    • 2. Easy White Frosting

      1:09
    • 3. Easy Fudge Frosting

      1:00
    • 4. Acids and Bases

      9:11
    • 5. Simple Cake

      2:45
    • 6. Shortbread

      2:12
    • 7. Gingerbread Cookies

      2:09
    • 8. Chocolate Coconut Bundt Cake

      2:43
    • 9. Lemon Chocolate Cupcakes

      2:10
    • 10. Zucchini Brownies

      1:58
    • 11. Home Style Cinnamon Rolls

      6:26
    • 12. Cherry Pie

      1:36
    • 13. Pigments

      12:54
    • 14. Goodbye

      2:36
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About This Class

The Science of Easy Vegan Baking features 10 easy-to-follow, completely vegan recipes to help people who are new to dessert preparation get a grasp on the basics. This includes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and even homemade icing. None of the recipes use dairy, eggs, or peanut butter, so those with allergies and other dietary restrictions can enjoy.

These are just some of the recipes that are available in Samita Sarkar's vegan dessert book, Taste Tests -- and a couple that aren't!

Because baking is just as much a science as an art, this course also includes short, digestible scientific tidbits explaining the chemistry of the recipes and the ingredients, and why they react the way that they do.

Format of the Course:

*Note: A complete recipe list is available for download in the resources section, and can be referred to as needed.

Part 1: The Icing on the Cake

Watch the white and fudge frosting recipes. Download the "Breakdown on Sugar" PDF in the resources section.

Part 2: A Simple Cake from Scratch

Watch the Acid-Base and Simple Cake videos. You may start thinking about your project at this time.

Part 3: Cookie Chemistry

Watch the shortbread and gingerbread cookie recipe videos, and download the PDF on aromatics.

A bonus activity explaining moles and molecules (and how to use these concepts to discover baking ratios) is available for download as well. As an added challenge, you can complete the activity to find the shortbread measurements without needing to even watch the lesson! This is a good practice activity for students who are interested in science.

Part 4: Chocolate Goodness

In this section, we learn to make chocolate goodies: marble cake, brownies, and lemon chocolate cupcakes. Please download the corresponding resources on Flowers and Flour (marble cake), Photosynthesis (brownies), and Vitamin C (lemon cupcakes).

Part 5: Home Style Comforts

Finally, we learn to make comfort foods: cinnamon rolls and pie. Please watch these remaining videos, and help yourself to the corresponding downloads on Aerobic Respiration (cinnamon rolls) and Pigments (cherry pie) while you also help yourself to a serving of one of your creations!

Armed with your new baking skills and knowledge of kitchen chemistry, you're ready to finish your project and share the pictures -- or even the final product itself! ;)