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Fran Costigan, the “queen of vegan desserts,” is an internationally recognized pastry chef, culinary instructor, and the author of More Great Good Dairy Free Desserts and Great Good Dairy Free Desserts. Her third book, Vegan Chocolate, will be released in fall 2013. She is a graduate of the NY Restaurant School and CTP, and a former pastry chef at several establishments including Angelica Kitchen. Fran has been a featured chef at such diverse venues as Dr. John McDougall’s Celebrity Chef Weekend, NAVS Summerfest, Toronto VegFest, Earthsave Taste of Health, to name a few. She has also been featured on the Discovery Health Channel and Nightline, and selected as “one of the most interesting players in the food and drink arena.” Fran’s website is


Pastry Arts & Desserts

Simple Homestyle Vegan Chocolate Cakes
Hands-OnNew Class

Who said "luscious" has to be fancy? These easy and innovative cakes are a chocolate lover's dream. One you actually mix in the pan; another isn't even cooked; one aims for the lean side, though you'd never know; and half have gluten-free options. And hidden in all this goodness are lessons on how to measure and mix and use the best vegan ingredients, including fair-traded chocolate and natural sweeteners and ideas for fancier plating. Crazy Mix-in-the-Pan Cocoa Cake • Chocolate Walnut and Cherry Crumb Cake • Chocolate Torte with Shiny Cocoa Glaze • Raw Chocolate Cheesecake with Blood Orange Glaze • Brownie Pudding Cake-lets with Coconut or Cashew Whipped Cream and Seasonal Fruit Sauce • Warm Chocolate Banana Cacao Nib Cake. (Vegan)

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Instructor: Fran Costigan

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