If you follow “vegan news” I have no doubt you’ve heard of Chloe Coscarelli.
She is the beautiful, young woman who conquered Cupcake Wars with her vegan confections. Her win garnered international attention (well, we knew about it in Canada), and shifted the stereotypes associated with vegan baked goods. She proved that vegan desserts are not only healthier but also more delicious than traditional treats.
For many, a moment like that would be the climax of a career, for Chloe it was just the beginning.
I caught up with her last week when she visited Toronto. We recorded a podcast interview for the Toronto Vegetarian Association (I will add the link as soon as it is live). It was an amazing discussion. I loved hearing Chloe describe her technique for recipe testing. If you listen, you’ll discover why all of the recipes in Chloe’s Kitchen are amazing and incredibly reliable.
Within in the first few minutes of meeting Chloe I knew she was someone very special.
She is joyful and passionate. It practically radiates from her. She is confident and intelligent. Her eyes light up as she describes a recipe, a technique or a delicious dish. But her most compelling quality is her gentle, caring nature. She puts everyone around her at ease.
Chloe is just one of those people you want to be around.
So when I was invited to join her backstage for the tapping of the Steven and Chris show on CBC I couldn’t pass up the chance. I was delighted to hear that they would be featuring two recipe segments on vegan desserts. Chloe warmed up backstage (not in the stretching or vocal sense but in the “wow, you really need a coat in this Country” sense) while we all chatted about Toronto’s vegan scene and the growing interest in plant-based eating.
The audience for Steven and Chris had been expanded to accommodate Chloe’s fans! (so awesome!)
After the taping everyone went home with a copy of Chloe’s book. If you already have a copy then you’ll be delighted to hear that there are two eBooks (focused on food for entertaining) and a dessert book ready for publication next year!
She showed them how to make a chocolate ganache glaze with the “fauxtess” loop icing and a swirl frosting with maple date drizzle. You can get all the recipes here.
I personally thought that Chloe stole the show – but her big, beautiful layer cake gave her some competition. The audience swooned and Steven actually said “This is the best cake I have ever eaten, ever.” That’s our girl, winning over the tastebuds of the world, one bite at a time.
It was such a pleasure to spend a little time in Chloe’s company. I can tell you that the great accomplishments she’s already realized are nothing compared to what’s ahead. She is brilliant, talented, beautiful and kind. There is nothing more we could wish for in an advocate for compassion.
Well, she could bring treats
Just in case you don’t have a copy of Chloe’s Kitchen her publisher gave me permission to share one of Chloe’s recipes with all of you.
Buckeyes are a simple treat but incredibly delicious.
I made my own, Bali-inspired version of Chloe’s Buckeyes by using the ginger-infused coconut sugar I got at Big Tree Farms Bamboo factory in Bali last winter.
The changes I made were minor – I blended the 3/4 cup coconut sugar into a fine powder to use it in place of the powdered sugar above and added 1 tsp vanilla extract.
Otherwise I followed the brilliant Buckeye recipe above.
I included these Bali Buckeyes in the September Treat of the Month selection. Soon after pickup I received the following text message “Buckeyes = Heaven” from one of our members.
Thank you to Chloe and April for a wonderful day. I hope Toronto will welcome you back soon.
If you’d like to see Chloe’s episode of Steven and Chris you can watch it online.