Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Recipe Books

Whether you’ve attended the Vegan Bake-Off and want to replicate something delicious you tasted, or if you’ve never had been able to go and want a chance to sample some of the treats you’ve missed, here’s your chance! Each year, generous Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off participants share their special recipes so you can recreate them in your own kitchen. We present to you a compilation of Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Recipe e-Books from many years of delicious fun! 3rd Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Book of Recipes (2010) 4th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Book of Recipes (2012) 5th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Book of Recipes (2013) 6th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off Book of Recipes (2014) The 8th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off takes place on Sunday, March 20th, 2016 and registration for contestants opens January 25th, 2016! Visit in the coming weeks for more info. Read More

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Announcing the winners of the 7th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off

And the winner is… Thanks to everyone who came out to the 7th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off on Sunday, March 15th! It was a sold out event with approximately 500 attendees and thousands of samples, made possible by more than 50 volunteers, 50 bakers and dozens of generous sponsors. Photos care of Dorea Reeser and Barbi Lazarus Best Charming Cookie – Super S’more Cookie by Maryann Buri Runner Up: Lemony Lip-Smackers Coconutty Cookies by Christina Cruz Best Captivating Cupcake – Wildfire by Alison Watt Sizer Runner Up: Mango Tango Cupcakes by Ali Bisram Best Captivating Cupcakes or Donuts – Winner: Wee Kiwi ‘Splosion Strawberry Cupcakes by Greg Stuart Tied for Runner Up: Smores Doughnut by Makeda, Abijah, & Zionne Jong AND The Nutty Boy Surprise by Jen Lee Best Brilliant Brownie or Bar – Peanut Butter Drizzle Brownies by Barbi Lynn Lazarus Runner Up: Hip Little Squares by Andrea deVries   Best Glorious Gluten Free Sweet – Beet Box by Reuben Jong Runner Up: Mmmacaroons! by Ali Bisram Best Creative Confection – S’moreo Bunnies by melissandanielle Runner Up: World Pieces by Reuben Jong Best Terrific Truffle or Ball – Drip Drop Better-Than-Cake-Pop… Read More

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Behind the Scenes at the Vegan Bake-Off

By Lisa Le, Toronto Vegetarian Association volunteer and past Vegan Bake-Off champ! In 2012, when I first moved to Toronto, I felt overwhelmed by the big city. I had just moved from Ottawa and relocated for graduate school. Away from friends, my partner, and my network of people to study in Toronto, I found myself spending a lot of time alone, so I used that extra time to develop recipes for my food blog. About four months later (and many cupcakes and cookies later), my roommate showed me a flyer for the 5th Vegan Bake Off and encouraged me to enter. At first I was hesitant—100 sample servings? That seemed like a lot. And vegan baked goods? I wasn’t vegan then, and I had no idea where to start when it came to baking vegan. After some research, it turns out that vegan baking isn’t really that much harder than non-vegan baking. There were so many alternatives for eggs: flax meal and water, chia seeds and water, commercial egg replacers, silken tofu, fruit and vegetable purees—there were so many different alternatives. Milk alternatives were easy to figure out: almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, galore. I was invigorated and excited. Read More

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eLifelines: February 2015

February 2015 TVA In Action   Last Chance to Enter the Vegan Bake-Off The 7th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off takes place Sunday, March 15th. The deadline to sign up to compete is February 13th. Read more… Valentine’s Specials Galore This year you can choose from prix-fixe meals at restaurants across the GTA, as well as vegan boxed treats ready for your Valentine. Read more… TVA’s Social Group Events… Read More

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Losing my Bake-Off Virginity: A First-Time Recount from a New Vegan

Care of Dane McBurnie Any gathering of Toronto’s vegan community is an exciting experience, but none is as sweet as the Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off. I am not a veteran vegan (I went vegan in 2013), but for as long as I have been living this lifestyle, I had heard tell of this cruelty-free contest of cookies, cupcakes and confections. On the cool Sunday afternoon of March 23rd, Toronto’s finest vegan bake-smiths gathered to share their wares and compete for the right to proudly claim, on this day, that they were the very best. My wonderful girlfriend and I managed to fit six plates of baked goods into our daily intake of food, and we can confirm that, in every category, deciding who was “the best” was rarely an easy task. The afternoon was a delicious who’s-who of the vegan food community. Superstars such as Tori’s Bakeshop, Apiecalypse Now!, Bello Bio and Through Being Cool Bakery were represented in full force. The competition was also judged by prominent vegan chef Doug McNish, vegan blogger Lauren Toyota and councillor Michael Layton. I did not envy their position of having to choose best-in-show…except that they got… Read More

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The Vegan Bake-Off Goes ‘Round the World

By Christina Vani, TVA member and volunteer It all started with a t-shirt. Well, not actually. It all started with a vegan bake-off, my move to The Big City, and revelling and indulging in the abundant culinary possibilities that my new home in Toronto offered this suburb-raised Montreal vegan. The grand voyage of the aforementioned t-shirt started in February 2012. I was in my second semester of graduate studies at U of T and my sixth month of my life in Toronto. I had begun frequenting gatherings hosted by veg associations of various stripes and was becoming more familiar with the TVA and its cast of beautiful characters. Then, I heard about the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off and my mind was blown. I knew that I had to enter, but not just for guaranteed entry into the event or even the free plates of sweets that were destined for my face or, finally, the opportunity and privilege to be in a room full of other like-minded individuals. One of the main reasons for which I yearned to be an entrant in the TFVB in 2012 was,… Read More

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A Totally Fabulous Time of Year

By Barbi Lazarus, Donor and Volunteer Resources Coordinator Lisa awarding a prize at the 1st Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off By now you’ve heard the news I’m sure: registration is open for the 6th Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off! What does that mean for me? Not that I don’t love my job all the time, but around this time of the year, I REALLY love it. As in, jump out of bed each morning, can’t wait to run to the office love it. And I’m not even involved in the most fun aspects of planning such an event, like sifting through all the delicious entries or putting together prize packs. Nope, I’m doing things like processing credit cards for registration payments, updating the website, and checking our database to see if contestants’ TVA memberships are up to date. But just knowing that these things are in relation to the bake-off makes them so fun to me and puts a smile on my face. I get giddy every time we receive a phone call or an email from someone inquiring about the bake-off or wanting to participate. I get distracted from other tasks as I keep checking my email to see if… Read More

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