Birthday Celebrations & a Chocolate and Lime Vegan “Cheesecake”

This week it was my birthday.  I never imagined that birthdays would be as much fun at the ripe old age I am now, but how wrong I was.  I actually think this was my best birthday yet! I had a fantastic day, made all the better by the fact that M was able to take the day off work 😀

During the day, we managed to fit in lots of my favourite activities (as you’ll see, eating crops up a lot 😉 )  We started off with one of my favourite bike rides, along the Kennet & Avon Canal to Limpley Stoke where we stopped at the Angel Fish Cafe for a toasted tea bun and cup of coffee.  We then continued through Monkton Coombe, the Two Tunnels, Bear Flat, Widcome and into the centre of Bath.

Me on my Birthday 2013

Along the way, we saw lots of wildlife, including this very cute baby rabbit

Baby Rabbit

For lunch, we went to one of my favourite restaurants in Bath – Thai Basil on Walcot Street – where I had a Thai red vegetable curry.  It was creamy and full of delicious fragrant flavours.  This has got to be one of my favourite curries ever!

Thai Basil - Thai Red Curry

After school, we went to the cinema with Lil’ L to see Epic.  On the way, we stopped off at Hotel Chocolat to buy some vegan chocolate (I can highly recommend the Gianduja Bombe Selector – it’s totally lush!)

Epic the Movie 2013

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For dinner, we went to another one of my favourite restaurants, the Nepalese Yak Yeti Yak, where we had the delicious Dal Bhat Tarkari (vegetarian/vegan set menu).

Yak Yeti Yak - Vegetarian Platter

Even though I was full up, I couldn’t leave without having the Kir dessert.  This is one of my favourite desserts ever.  It’s a creamed coconut rice pudding lightly spiced with cardamom. I’m going to have to try at make this at home one day. It’s so yummy!

For my birthday cake, I chose to make one of my all-time favourites – Chocolate and Lime Vegan “Cheesecake”.  I much prefer these ‘no bake’ cheese cakes to any kind of baked cake, plus they’re almost impossible to fail at.  You simply throw the ingredients in the food processor, whizz it together then freeze!

Raw / No Bake Chocolate and Lime Cashew "Cheese" Cake

Here’s how I made it…

Note: Almonds and cashews tend to be much cheaper in Asian supermarkets or in the World Aisle of large supermarkets.  For this dessert, I used Aasani almonds and cashews, which are available from the larger UK Tesco stores.

 

We finally got round to eating a slice of birthday cake yesterday and it was absolutely gorgeous!  All three of us loved it and, even though Lil’ L went back for seconds, there’s still plenty in the freezer to share with friends and family (if they’re lucky 😉 )

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xx

What would be your ultimate birthday cake?

Do you still enjoy your birthdays as much as when you were a kid? (or even enjoy them more, like me!)

 

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10 Responses to Birthday Celebrations & a Chocolate and Lime Vegan “Cheesecake”

  1. What a lovely day you had to celebrate your birthday! Best wishes for this new year that has just begun for you: may it be equally wonderful as (or even more than!) that day was!

    I turn into a kid every year on my birthday, so of course I still enjoy it as much as I did back then… 🙂

    Your cake truly looks amazing! Thank you for sharing your recipe; I’m keeping it in mind for when a special treat will be called for. Although the lime layer makes it sound like it would be the perfect thing to turn any old hot summer day into a special day!

    • Thank you so much Josiane for the kind birthday wishes ♥ I’m very pleased to hear that you’re still enjoying your birthdays to the maximum 😀
      I’ve decided that these cashew “cheese” cakes are far too nice to limit to special occasions, so I’ve been making quite a few lately, slicing them up and storing them in the freezer. Whenever we feel like a special dessert or treat, I simply remove some portions from the freezer about 1/2 hour before serving them. This chocolate & lime cake has got to be my all-time favourite flavour. The lime layer does indeed make it refreshing 😀

      • Storing a few cake slices in the freezer is genius! I tend to forget that’s an option, and we end up eating any dessert I make within a few days – but then it’s gone and I have to make some more if I want a treat… I love the idea of having “bits of the good stuff” ready to eat anytime I’m in the mood for something sweet and refreshing. 🙂

  2. A belated happy birthday! Birthday celebrations should definitely involve lots of good food! Your raw cheesecake looks sooooo good. And you’re starting me off with some restaurant recs for Bath already 🙂
    Thank you!
    Oh, and as for my ultimate birthday cake…that’s a tough one. I made a variation on this carrot cake this year http://www.veggienumnum.com/2011/08/orange-carrot-cake-w-cashew-nut-cream-frosting/ and it was great but I’ll probably make a raw “cake” next year.
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    • Thanks Emma for the birthday wishes ♥
      That carrot cake looks totally lush! I’m definitely going to have to give it a try. I actually made some carrot & coconut muffins earlier this week and was thinking how nice they would be with a cashew cream frosting on them… shame I’d run out of cashews! Raw cakes will always be my number one preference though 😉

  3. Oh wow that cake is awesome! We saw epic last week too!!!!
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    What a great day!!! Good to do so many of the things you enjoy doing.

  5. What a pretty cake! Looks delicious (:

  6. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a great day, loving all the food, that cheesecake looks fab!
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    • Thanks Lauren! I hope all is well with you. Has summer arrived yet in Dublin? Apparently it’s going to reach 28C here on Sunday. That would be incredible!

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