Raw Vegan Cakes with Mandala Designs by Chef Stephen McCarty
As more and more people become aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet, veganism has seen a rise in its popularity. And as veganism continues to rise, and more people are looking for healthier alternatives to every day foods, the searches for inspiration on seeking alternatives that taste delicious are also increasing. Here at kickassthings.com we support this lifestyle because we believe that eating more plants and less meat is a relatively simple way to effect real change in your life and the world. Following this animal-friendly food trend with passion, we discovered some amazing vegan desserts that even butter freaks will go nuts over. This is the case for Los Angeles–based chef Stephen McCarty’s colorful and intricately decorated raw vegan cakes.
These psychedelic raw vegan cakes take vegan desserts to a whole new level
Los Angeles–based chef Stephen McCarty of Sukhavati Raw Desserts makes elaborately beautiful cakes featuring kaleidoscopic mandala patterns on top, using only raw, vegan ingredients like nut butters, coconut, almonds, dates, cashews, almond milk, and coconut oil. The plant-based cheesecakes are created with vivid all-natural colors obtained from spices and foods like turmeric (yellow-orange), goji berries (red-orange), dragonfruit (reddish-pink), blueberry juice (blue-purple), blue spirulina, matcha (green), as well as other colorful plant-sourced ingredients. Spirulina, wheatgrass and turmeric can create another green as well, all mixed with a blonde coconut nectar used for the vegan frosting. And that’s the just icing on the cake.
We fell absolutely smitten with the kaleidoscopic mandalas that adorn each cake, tasty works of art created by chef Stephen McCarty. The painstakingly arranged mandala decorations must take ages to get just right, but the effort pays off, because these cakes are ridiculously awesome! Never has communing with nature looked so delicious. Scroll down to take a ride through the trippy world of this wildly inventive baker and follow him on Instagam for more awe-inspiring vegan desserts.
photo © Chef Stephen McCarty