Chloe comes to town

September 28th, 2012 · Lisa · Fun with Friends, Recipes, Sweet · Comments

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 inย 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.ย 

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!

Backstage the cupcakes and frosting were all lined up, ready for Chloe to teach Steven and Chris her flawless technique.

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.

Chloe was an absolute natural. She was relaxed, funny, and incredibly poised. ย I was very impressed with how comfortable she was in front of the camera.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Just in case you don’t have a copy of Chloe’s Kitchenย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

xo

12 Comments

  1. Posted September 28, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I really enjoyed this post about Chloe’s appearance on The Steven and Chris Show on CBC. I love Chef Chloe. Her new cookbook “Chloe’s Kitchen” is awesome. I agree that Chloe has big things in her future!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you Debra, I agree her book is amazing. I can’t wait to watch her create an incredible career.

  2. KitteeBeeBerns
    Posted September 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

    aw, how fun! i love nice people, sounds like you’ve made a great friend, lisa.
    xo
    kittee

    • theveganlisa
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      I love nice people too! Thanks kittee!!! Sending lots of MoFo love. I am so excited this year. xoxo

  3. Posted September 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve been a fan of Chloe’s for awhile due to her great message for veganism, but I have yet to try any of her recipes. Maybe I ought to change that. Looks like a special time for you and I am jealous!

    • theveganlisa
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks bitt. I would definitely encourage you to give Chloe’s recipes a try. She definitely knows what she’s doing. Her book isn’t particularly gluten-free though so you may find it harder to test out many of the sweets.

  4. Posted September 29, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Those buckeyes were delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. So jealous of your positive experience with Chloe! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • theveganlisa
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Chloe is wonderful. It was a really pleasure to spend time with her. I’m glad you enjoyed the Buckeyes and can now make your own. See you soon.

  5. Heathypace
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

    How awesome that you got to meet Chloe and watch Steven and Chris. I love those guys! She looks like a lovely person. I’ve been to her website before but have yet to check out her cookbook. Have fun in Europe Lisa. You travel bug! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • theveganlisa
      Posted September 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Thanks lovely – It seems I do have that vegabond virus. It has taken me to lots of places for “treatment”. Quite a year! I think you’d love Chloe’s recipes, she’s very talented.

  6. MaggieSavage
    Posted September 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Beautiful post Lisa – you’ve really communicated just how lovely she is. It’s so great to see Steven and Chris care about their vegan audience. And I loved reading they had to expand for her fans. That’s a great message right there! Cute pic of the two of you.

  7. Posted October 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Wonderful post! I love Chloe, her cookbook is my #1 favourite (I just recommended it in my post today). I’d love to meet her, am jealous!

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