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Recipe: 16-Year Old Wanted "Yummy" Vegan Desserts, So She Started Clara Cakes
KPCC ^ | June 22, 2013 | Mukta Mohan

Posted on 06/23/2013 4:30:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway

When she couldn’t find "yummy" vegan baked goods, 12 year old Clara Polito took matters into her own hands and started baking her own. Now, at 16, Polito has her own baking company called Clara Cakes.

In the kitchen in her Atwater Village home, Clara Polito pulls out ingredients to bake chocolate cupcakes, one of the first recipes she wrote. Soy milk, cocoa powder, and flour sit on the counter waiting to be poured into metal mixing bowls. "I basically started baking when I became vegan because I wanted to have yummy tasting vegan baked goods, because I couldn't really find any otherwise. So I kind of created a vegan bakery in my kitchen, which was fun," says Polito about her start.

As she bakes, Beastie Boys blast in the background. There are iPod speakers on the dining room table. Concert posters cover her bedroom walls. Music plays a big role in Polito’s life. She started selling baked goods in 2010 at The Smell, an all ages venue in downtown L.A. It was a record release show for the band No Age. Her mom has supported her since the start, driving her to bake sales and concerts.

In her all white 50s inspired kitchen, Polito taught herself through trial and error. She read dessert cookbooks and watched vegan cooking tutorials online.

"I remember making cakes that would constantly taste like bananas because bananas are a common egg replacer, and so that always bummed me out,'" says Polito. "It definitely took a lot of practice to finally get everything tasting how it needs to taste."

Now, Polito has perfected her trade and has a range of original recipes that will make your mouth water. She plays on Girl Scout cookies with her “Not So Thin Mint” cupcakes, makes S’mores Bars, Lemon Pows, and her most popular dessert - The Inception Cookie, an Oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookie.

Clara Cakes does custom orders, pop-up shops, and now has desserts sold at Pizzanista in downtown L.A. Polito dreams of opening up a bakery. She says,"It’d be cool to open a bakery before I’m 20. I definitely want to be a teen. I want the timing to be right."

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe Ingredients (makes 1 dozen cupcakes): 1 cup soy milk 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1 cup flour 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup canola oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon chocolate extract

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Pour 1 cup of soy milk in a large bowl and whisk in vinegar. Let it curdle (it’ll take a few minutes and eventually will look like cottage cheese). While waiting for soy milk mixture to curdle, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add sugar, oil and extracts to the soy milk mixture and whisk until foamy. Add the flour in two batches. Beat until just smooth. Spoon the batter into the liners. Bake for 20 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean). Place on cooling rack until cool, then frost.

Vanilla Frosting Ingredients: 1/2 cup vegan butter or margarine 1/2 cup shortening 2-2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 4 tablespoons soy milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions: Combine ingredients and beat on medium speed until fluffy.


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1 posted on 06/23/2013 4:30:49 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Will read this after I finish my ribeye.


2 posted on 06/23/2013 4:33:06 PM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: nickcarraway

Good for her, I really wish her well.
If she cane make a taste desert nice.

I have tasted vegan deserts....and well um the only thing that comes to mind is gross.


3 posted on 06/23/2013 4:33:34 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: nickcarraway
"yummy" vegan baked goods

Because it's an oxymoron.

4 posted on 06/23/2013 4:34:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Wow, a potential liberal vegan, with conservative values.

I bet she’ll be a political conservative once regulations and taxes (and Obamacare) come into play.

Don’t hate on vegans, I actually respect their self control.


5 posted on 06/23/2013 4:35:12 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: nickcarraway

The world never has enough desserts.


6 posted on 06/23/2013 4:35:13 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: nickcarraway

Like I really need all estrogen from the soy!


7 posted on 06/23/2013 4:35:46 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: nickcarraway
I hope she's made it a point to make sure that the plastic and cardboard containers/packaging are “yummy” so that at least something is edible.What? All the packaging is made of hemp? Never mind.
8 posted on 06/23/2013 4:37:32 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Meat actually has a lot of estrogen, and soy only has plant estrogen.


9 posted on 06/23/2013 4:39:39 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: autumnraine
Don’t hate on vegans, I actually respect their self control.

Most Western "vegans" are worthless,Marxist scumbags.Maybe not all of them,but the overwhelming majority.As for those that aren't perhaps they'd like to do some reading on human dentition.If they do they'll understand that human beings are designed to be omnivores.Meat,fruits,vegetables and grains.I'm a proud omnivore myself.I love most veggies (except lima beans and Brussels Sprouts),most fruits,grains,beef,chicken,lamb,pork...and potato chips.

10 posted on 06/23/2013 4:44:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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She needs to give up her veganity.


11 posted on 06/23/2013 4:48:55 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: BulletBobCo

Send in the FDA to shut her down.


12 posted on 06/23/2013 4:53:55 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Gay State Conservative

I loved meat and cheeses as much as anyone and went vegan for health reasons. Even though I’ve been a vegetarian before, eating a virtually fat free vegan menu is something else. Claras cakes use too much fat, so I’ll have to pass.

I have to say, other than the obvious weight loss benefits.. a weird side effect was my eyesight improving. About six weeks after I started... I no longer needed my progressive lens glasses. I’m basically following a Mcdougal/Essestyne eating regime.


13 posted on 06/23/2013 4:56:44 PM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: nickcarraway

She’ll soon find out that giving away the recipe is lousy for business.


14 posted on 06/23/2013 4:58:13 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

Not sure that is true. I think some successful ventures give away the recipe, and it benefits them. Do you buy most your food because you couldn’t make it yourself? Or because of the time/convenience, or maybe you couldn’t make it that good. Open source baking. Paying at the point of value.


15 posted on 06/23/2013 5:02:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: dead

The world never has enough desserts.”

Had an excellent one last night. Huge macademia nut cookie still warm from the oven, topped with two dips of cinnamon ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce. Yum yum!

Did share though since I had already had a sizeable portion of off some wonderful roast beef with brown gravy and mashed potatoes.


16 posted on 06/23/2013 5:15:11 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: nickcarraway

What’s so vegan about sugar ?


17 posted on 06/23/2013 5:46:22 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hold on...what a bunch of hypocrites....this young woman is a true capitalist..she saw a need in the market and she grabbed it. Just because you don’t like what she’s selling doesn’t mean that she should be ridiculed. Don’t buy it.


18 posted on 06/23/2013 6:25:41 PM PDT by Hildy (Falling down is how you grow. Staying down is how you die.)
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To: Hildy

I agree with you.


19 posted on 06/23/2013 6:39:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Hildy

I agree with you.


20 posted on 06/23/2013 6:39:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
I don't understand. She took matters into her own hands? Wasn't she supposed to write letters, organize protests, start a petition and demand her civil rights from the government?
21 posted on 06/23/2013 6:49:15 PM PDT by schm0e ("we are in the midst of a coup.")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I agree about all the plant estrogens. Soy is not meant for the majority of humans...especially boys and people with low thyroids


22 posted on 06/23/2013 6:55:04 PM PDT by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: nickcarraway
Yeah, and when this sixteen year old is a 37 year old with problems caused by calcium deficit or some calcium-related malady derived from getting calcium mainly in supplments -- osteoporosis or whatever -- she'll have learned the hard way that vegan's little unicorn wish of not hurting anything in pursuit of food, is wishing as hard as you can that two and two is five because it should be five if the world was fair. And it's just not fair to use animals for food or anything else!

While mowing down entire habitats to plant row crops that must be watered with water pirated from some ecosystem somewhere ...

*sigh*

Veganism is insanity, breathtakingly arrogant, profoundly reason-impaired and emotion-impaired. Look at vegans in the animal kingdom. The human body powered on a vegan diet is like a running a high-performance car on leaded regular gas. Physics is going to win every time.

23 posted on 06/23/2013 7:01:39 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: autumnraine
Don’t hate on vegans, I actually respect their self control.

You might start hating on vegans when they get your daughter or granddaughter to start eating just about the most stupid, poor, expensive, destructive way possible. Even a junk-food diet is better than a vegan diet. Go look at their kids. You can recognize a vegan child by the big gray circles under his eyes.

Self control, my ass. For some of these folks, it's a political fanatacism, and when it gets "hip" status, it threatens health in a big way.

I hate what Vegans do to people sappy enough to fall for it, especially young kids. Nutrition is math. Veganism is forcing math to accommodate something it cannot. If you try to raise a baby on a vegan diet, the baby will die.

Sorry, vegans lose my respect.

24 posted on 06/23/2013 7:08:35 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Gay State Conservative

One thing I like about her is that she will never be on welfare. Sounds like she is a doer and not a taker. Heck she might even be a Republican someday after seeing the tax bill. I won’t go far enough to say a conservative, but Republican at least.


25 posted on 06/23/2013 7:18:04 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: nickcarraway

Vegan cuisine leaves me cold; Altarian is much better.


26 posted on 06/24/2013 1:39:13 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Finny
Veganism is insanity

True.
I still treasure the copy I made of your mother's common sense eating practice.

Veganism is a false religion.

27 posted on 06/24/2013 9:54:21 AM PDT by b9 (II Timothy 1:7)
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To: Katya

I tried a vegetarian diet years ago and I never felt worse or had less energy in my life. I discovered something about myself that I had not know before. My body needs protein, more protein than most people, to function properly.


28 posted on 06/24/2013 10:03:23 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: b9
I will be sure to tell my mom! She learned it from her grandmother, who lived to great old age (into her late 90s) and kept the books for a large company almost to the end.
29 posted on 06/25/2013 10:04:13 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: nickcarraway

Banana Cicada Bread:

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup dry-roasted cicadas
1/4 cup chopped nuts


Directions:

For bread: mix together all ingredients. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350º for about 1 hour or until the bread tests done.

For cicadas:

Newly hatched cicadas make the best eating because their shells have not yet hardened. Mature females are the next best thing. Adult males have fairly hollow abdomens, while the females are fat-filled. (Males have a rounded back end females have pointed back ends.) Collect then in a paper or plastic bag early in the morning, just after they’ve emerged but before they’ve climbed out of reach.

Blanch in boiling water for 4-5 minutes. This solidifies their innards and gets rid of soil bacteria. Cook with them immediately or freeze them. Remove all hard parts (wings and legs) before using.

To dry-roast, place cicadas on a cookie sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes at 225 degrees. They should have a soft dry consistency, a bit like a nut. Roast longer, if still moist inside. When dry, grind coarsely and use as a nut substitute in baking or as in ice cream topping.



30 posted on 06/25/2013 10:06:45 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Ditter

I would’t doubt it .. I don’t think diets or any medical treatments are a one size fits all...

My dad became a vegan after surviving prostate cancer at age 72... his PSA scores have never been as low as they are now. It may be an age thing...perhaps once your’re over 50 you don’t need as much protein.


31 posted on 06/25/2013 10:27:09 AM PDT by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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