I whip my cream back and forth

Nix and I were talking not so long ago about vegan whipped cream, and she mentioned Healthy Top, which I hadn’t heard of before. So I just went ahead and ordered some, feeling a bit wary after a few bad experiences with a certain can of vegan whipped cream that makes it so a rocket science degree is mandatory in order to see cream actually come out of the can.

But I digress: my mom and I joined forces in pledging allegiance to the whipped cream flag, but never found anything on the international vegan market that truly hit the spot. That is until Healthy Top came upon us, thanks to Nix. And the angels sang! Badly, granted. But they still sang.

The stuff is exactly like the dairy whipped cream I ate back in the days. I don’t know whether it’s a good or a bad thing, because when whipped cream is available, I have a tendency to think that every food item calls for a dollop of it.
Amazon carries it, although I appear to have grabbed the last of their stock for now. My bad?
I can tell you I paid just under $23 for six 16-ounce boxes, which makes a box come to a price tag of not even $4. Not bad, considering it actually works, is tasty and doesn’t need to be refrigerated until opened. More accurately: it needs to be placed in the fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to being whipped, for best results.

Another note: if you have a stand mixer, refrain from using it in this case. I had a far fluffier outcome using an electric hand-held mixer. Your arm might feel a bit like a limp noodle when you’re done, but it’s worth it. Don’t wimp out on me, kitchen soldier!

It works perfectly well as a cake topper too, as you can see on the apple spice cake way up there. Funny thing about this cake is that when it came out of the oven, I was sure it would be dry and not pleasing at all. But then I took a big bite yesterday (3 days after making it – I was dragging my feet) and it is one of the moistest and most delicious cakes I’ve ever had. Consider upping the spices a bit for a spicier flavor, if that’s your thing.
I adapted it from this.

Apple Spice Cake with Whipped Cream Topping:

210 g whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
140 g organic powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon Ener-g egg replacer powder (I know. Get over it!)
8 ounces applesauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
Vegan whipped topping, quantity to taste

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C, or gas mark 4). Lightly coat an 8-inch (20-cm) cast iron skillet or baking pan with non-stick spray.
Sift the flour, salt, spices, sugar, baking powder and egg replacer powder in a large bowl.
Whisk applesauce, oil, water until combined.
Stir wet ingredients into dry, being careful not to over mix.
Place into prepared pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely before topping with whipped cream.

Yield: 8 slices or more

  • Susan says:

    I heard that song for the first time while at the gym yesterday. I had managed to avoid it until then. I had just managed to get it out of my head, too. Until now. :P
    Oh well, at least you gave me pretty pictures of food to look at.
    Happy New Year. :)

    • Celine says:

      you know what you gotta do to get it out of your head: whip it, girl. whip it good.
      (I’m broken now, thank you Willow.)

  • Katie says:

    I’m a reader (but haven’t commented until now). But…have you heard the Jimmy Fallon (doing Neil Young) version of the song? Amazing.
    http://inoakpark.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/whip-my-hair/

    • Celine says:

      priceless. and surprisingly, I kinda like the sound of it that way. I also liked the comment on that post, where the guy says Springsteen sounds like he’s an impersonator overdoing Springsteen, ha.

  • kitchenspoon says:

    Apple Spice Cake sounds deeeeeelightful right about now. I’ve never heard of Healthy Top…merci for the heads up. Love your tea cup photo.

    • Celine says:

      that tea cup is a traitor, but anything that’s in my apartment is at the mercy of my klutzy hands anyway, so I guess it’s just a matter of time. sniff sniff, boohoo.

  • So, I’ve had mimicreme in my possession once before, but never actually thought to whip it up. I’m not quite sure why I did this, but hopefully I’ll be able to find it again, because that dollop of cream looks awfully tempting.

    • Celine says:

      no wait! they aren’t the same thing. there’s mimiccreme, and there’s healthy top (made by mimiccreme).

  • meave says:

    Putain! It’s stuck in my head for DAYS. It is the worst earworm, her voice is so harsh in the chorus, it sounds like it’s been put through a “metal grater” effect.