I believe you get celebration people and “meh” people. I most definitely am a celebration person. We have a bottle (or two) of bubbly in the fridge at all times, and need no excuse to have friends around. So, when Christmas or birthdays come around, I have been known to go a little overboard.
And, what better reason than my 30th birthday earlier this month? I freely admit to being one of those annoying people who had week-long celebrations. We had dinner with friends, boat trips, brunches, celebratory wine farm lunches, breakfast in bed, great wine – and birthday cake and tattoos.
Well, tattoo, singular. I had this design in mind for a year, when the Mr surprised me and decided to give it to me as a birthday present (or, to be fair, one of many – he too went overboard).
I’m not one of those in-it-for-the-pain kind of people. I’m a total wuss and terrible with pain, so I knew I’d need some distraction or incentive to get through the sixty minutes of needles prodding my arm. Enter The Cake. I first spotted it on Saucisse Deli‘s Instagram account and knew it had to form part of my birthday. I was quite surprised that a place whose name translates to “little sausage” would do bespoke vegan cakes, but then, I had a lot to learn about Saucisse.
Amanda, the heart and soul of Saucisse, has strived to make the eatery as eco-conscious and foward-thinking as possible, and, succeeded. From her commitment to Green Mondays, her focus on locally and ethically produced items and her effort to make sure that every customer has an exceptional dining experience – regardless of dietary preferences – she’s turned Saucisse into a complete gem for all diners.
I’m ashamed to admit that this (spectacular) cake is my only taste of Saucisse, but I’m already planning a return visit to try out their Vegan Heaven breakfast: avocado halves filled with roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon spinach, wild mushrooms, and humus served on toasted macadamia rye.
But, back to the cake. Amanda very kindly baked a showstopper of a celebration cake for me, flavoured with coconut, almond and Oreos. Incredibly rich – of course – but, not too sweet, it was devoured by vegans and cake-lovers alike. I may or may not have had a few slices for breakfast over the next few days. Let’s just say I started my 30th year the way I plan to end it.
With thanks to Saucisse for gifting me with a cake for my birthday.