(US-ma) 'Totally decadent' & they are vegan
- Suzan J. Seymour of the Florence section of Northampton got the idea
of having a vegan wedding cake - a cake that includes no animal
products, not even milk or eggs - after she and her partner attended a
The host's husband was allergic to dairy products, says Seymour, so
the spread included several "delicious chocolate cakes" from Oh Sweet
Mama's Vegan Bakery in Florence.
That's how the non-vegetarian Seymour wound up calling Megan P.
Shackelford, owner of Oh Sweet Mama's. The result: a three-tiered
wedding cake that Seymour says was a hit with the 150 wedding guests.
Shackelford says she grew up baking with her mom in Rochester, N.Y.,
and became a vegetarian at age 17, after reading "Animal Liberation,"
by the Australian philosopher Peter Singer.
The 1975 book is considered one of the seminal works in the animal
rights movement. Singer, a professor at Princeton University in New
Jersey, is also co-author of "The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices
"Why are there never any really good vegan things around here?" she groused.
She decided she'd have to make them herself. And she did. Customer
Seymour says guests at her wedding commented on the flavor and
moistness of the triple-decker cake - and were surprised to learn it
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