Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen

Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen

This week has been so busy but so fun! Monday was Chloe Coscarelli’s book singing for her new cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen. When I heard about it, I knew I had to go because I had a great time at the signing for her last cookbook, Chloe’s Vegan Desserts. This time I went with my boyfriend, Thomas, and my friend, Claire. I also entered the bake-off competition! I was so excited because I had never entered any sort of cooking competition before so I was really looking forward to the challenge.

Each participant had the choice between three recipes, Banana Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting, Foccacia Bread, or Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti. Knowing I would need to make my item gluten-free, I eliminated foccacia as an option because I haven’t had too much success with gluten-free bread making. I am not really a fan of biscotti so that left banana cupcakes which sounded good to me! Part of the challenge was to put your own original twist on the recipe. After much contemplation, I drew inspiration from Claire’s recipe for vegan Nutella and decided that I would swap the coffee frosting for a chocolate hazelnut spread! To do so, I just made a few simple adaptions to the recipe and it turned out to be a light but decadent topping for the cupcakes.

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread by Vegan À La Mode (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

The cupcakes turned out to be a hit at the book signing much to my delight! And much to my surprise, THEY WON!!! I was honored to just even have Chloe try my take on her cupcakes and when they won I was over the moon! Especially since gluten-free vegan baking a little bit of a challenge. It was such a wonderful outcome and fun experience!

After the bake-off we got to meet Chloe and get our books signed. She was so incredibly sweet just like she was the last time I met her!


Chloe's Vegan Italian KitchenOverall, it was an amazing night and I felt so lucky to have won! I totally recommend ordering Chloe’s new book too! I just got it and have only made two recipes but both have been spectacular! Also, check out Chloe’s book tour dates here to see if she’s coming to your area.

6 Comments on Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen

  1. Ashley | Blissful Basil
    October 2, 2014 at 9:59 am (4 years ago)

    How exciting that you won the bake-off! What an awesome accomplishment. Although I’m not too surprised because that cupcake looks downright delicious. Congrats!

    • Karissa Bowers
      October 2, 2014 at 11:51 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Ashley! You are too kind :)

  2. Tedi
    October 2, 2014 at 12:20 pm (4 years ago)

    So exciting! Congrats!!

  3. Ashlee
    October 3, 2014 at 2:22 pm (4 years ago)

    You are so awesome! Way to go, girl!

    • Karissa Bowers
      October 3, 2014 at 3:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Ashlee!! I appreciate it :)


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