After ‘Great British Bake Off’, Freya Cox is taking vegan cakes to new places

British baker Freya Cox, who became the first vegan to participate in the great british bake—partners with historic Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England, to offer seasonal vegan cakes.

The first cake, which launched this month, is a mini Black Forest Gateau that features chocolate, buttercream and cherry jam cake with a quintessential cherry on top. Cox created the cake to celebrate Veganuary and it’s available at Castle Howard’s Coffee Shop and Courtyard Cafe.

“We’re off to a strong start for Veganuary with one of my favorite bakes, a mini Black Forest Gateaux,” Cox recently announced on Instagram. “This pie is so good that I could definitely eat four in one go… you should definitely go there and try it if you’re a local.”

“It is such an exciting project that I am very proud to be a part of,” added Cox. “I love Yorkshire and can’t wait to see people enjoying it.”

Cox will work with Castle Howard Head Chef Nathan Richardson-Kelly to create three more cakes later this year. “Here at Castle Howard we love celebrating delicious and sustainable local produce, and we’re absolutely delighted to be working with Freya to expand our vegan offering,” said Luke Butler, Castle Howard’s head of food and beverage. the yorkshire post.

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“The Mini Black Forest Cake is a lovely, indulgent treat for January, and we are working behind the scenes on our spring and fall cakes which we will announce later in the year,” Butler added.

The Great British Bake Off goes vegan

To keep up with the growing interest in veganism, The Great British Baking (GBBO) debuted its first Vegan Week in 2018. That week, each of the three challenges stripped the bakery contestants of their animal products and forced them to think like vegans.

To GBBOIn the 2021 season 12, Cox became the first vegan contestant to appear on the show. However, despite his goal of showcasing vegan baking, he was ultimately required to use animal products for technical challenges in which the same ingredients were provided to each baker for recipes such as malt bread, biscuits and jam, and breadsticks. ciabatta.

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“I was desperate to show the world that vegan baking is just as exciting in hopes of inspiring people to give it a try,” Cox said on Instagram at the time. “For obvious reasons I couldn’t change the technical challenge as it would mean the whole show was unfair… but once I’m done I have plans to veganize the recipes for all of you so hopefully this makes up for it. .”

Cox made good on her promise to bring vegan baking recipes to the masses when she published her first vegan cookbook, Simply Vegan Baking, in April 2022. The book features recipes for cakes, cookies, bread, pans, and cakes. Cox also shares many homemade sweet and savory recipes on her Instagram page to help make veganism more accessible.

Vegan cooking goes mainstream

While Cox helped bring more attention to vegan baking alternatives in GBBO, the culinary artists who came before her laid the foundation for the future of vegan cooking on other network television shows. One of the first to make an impact was vegan chef and businesswoman Chloe Coscarelli when she competed and won on Food Network’s cupcake war in 2010. Since then, the show has featured several vegan bakers and even featured an all-vegan episode in 2012.

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Most recently, vegan celebrity Tabitha Brown hosted Food Network’s All Vegan Cooking Competition show. She called Is Compli Plated, the show was built around the premise that the kitchen should include everyone at the table. As such, each episode featured four chefs who were tasked with creating plant-based dishes for celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan and rotating guest judges who have various dietary restrictions. Concepts featured in the series included a southern hospitality feast, gluten-free noodles, and an Instagram-worthy fruit and vegetable feast.

“This show is about to change the way we all look at food,” Brown posted on Instagram. “It’s for everyone and I can’t wait to take you all on the journey with me.”

Gordon Ramsay loves vegan food

Meanwhile, more networks are bringing veganism to the table. Celebrity celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, for example, hosted the kitchen master’Last summer’s first vegan cooking challenge. During the episode, called “Gordon Ramsay Loves Vegans”, Ramsay reveals a long-kept secret: that he secretly loves vegan food.

Season 12 of the American reality television cooking competition featured the return of contestants from previous seasons for a second chance to win. In the vegan challenge episode, Ramsay jokingly admitted that he had a secret to share while explaining the vegan challenge to competing chefs.

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“It’s such a big secret that I’m almost afraid to say it on national television,” Ramsay said. Ramsay, known for joking and ridiculing vegans and vegan food in recent years, caused many of the chefs to raise their eyebrows in surprise at what he could reveal. “Don’t worry Gordon. This is a safe space. We will support them,” judge Aarón Sánchez said as the competitors laughed.

“After all these years, I can finally admit that I really love vegan food,” Ramsay finally revealed.

Before the chef demoed his beetroot Wellington, a vegan twist on the traditional meat dish, he hammered home his point yet again. “It took me 20 years to get to this point,” she said of his newfound love of vegan food.

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