A Banana Split Cake, My Birth-i-versary, and a Giveaway!

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It’s my birthday! It’s my blogiversary! It’s my birth-i-versary! :D. Anyone who has seen my empamosas post knows that I kinda LOVE combining words to make new words. So, I hereby declare this my birth-i-versary–celebrating 31 years of life and 1 year of Como Water.

On August 13, 2010, I could have never imagined how starting Como Water would change my life. All I knew was that I loved food, and that my friends and family loved eating it. So, with their encouragement, I started Como Water as a reservoir… a vessel to document what I was cooking on a semi-daily basis. Since that time, I have taken my culinary experimentation to another level and have gained more than foodie friends, I have gained a community! And to say thank you for your encouragement, support, hilarious comments, and constant positive energy, I decided to host my first giveaway!!!

BUT…. before I get to the giveaway, I want to tell you about this cake. Oh, this lovely, sweet, decadent, heavenly, and yes, my friends, VEGAN cake! Originally, I planned to make a tart for my birth-i-versay. But last night, after my weight lifting class, and zumba, and the amazing veggie pizza I made for dinner, all I wanted was a banana split. Luckily, I had some Ben & Jerry’s Banana Split ice cream in the freezer. With my taste buds satiated, my birth-i-versary tart ambitions transformed into banana split cake ambitions. With bananas, pineapple, strawberries, walnuts, chocolate chips, coconut cream, and vanilla icing, I know that I made the right choice! I’ll be posting the recipe later this week, along with my “goals” for my next year of Como Water blogging.

But now, I’ll give you the details on my giveaway! To show love to my Durhamites (where Como Water began), although I now officially live in DC, I will be giving away two, yes folks, two items from local vendors in Durham, NC!

The first is a vintage 1950s bundt pan from Scatterbugs Vintage!

And the second is a 12 x 16, hand signed print of Sriracha by my dear friend, and amazing Durham artist Franco!

Here’s how you can win (you have 6 chances!):

1. Leave a comment letting me know what dish you’d like to see me “veganize” in the next year.

2. Become a fan of Como Water on Facebook.

3. Follow Como Water on Twitter.

4. Tweet this giveaway.

5. Tell your friends about this giveaway on Facebook (via a status update).

6. Mention this giveaway on your own blog, if you blog.

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each of the 6 ways to enter. Then, next Friday, August 19th, I’ll draw two names using an online random number generator. The first person will win the bundt pan and the second will win the print! Just a small thank you for being so awesome! Now… a certain someone is about to have some cake! πŸ˜€


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantraβ€”love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Double grattis!

  2. Delicious looking cake Tiff! And Happy Happy Birthday! And Blog-i-versary… erhmmmm, Birth-i-versary :-p. May the next 31 years be fantastic πŸ™‚

  3. The cake looks fantastic. I just liked your Facebook page, but I am curious how I missed liking it before.

  4. Give away has been tweeted.

  5. Now your giveaway is my Facebook status. Can you tell I like both prizes, but have a spot for the picture already picked out.

  6. Happy Birth-i-versary!!!!!! The cake looks sooooo good!

  7. Following you on both Facebook and Twitter. I love that poster, Sriracha has become my new ketchup.

  8. happy blog birthday tiffany! what a feat! one year and the community you find is irreplaceable. so glad we are connected together. btw, i am hosting a #cakelove bloghop! when you post your cake recipe later this week, feel free to link up to my blog so that others can find your cake post :D.

  9. First let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Second your cake look amazing, and I could eat at least two pieces one for me and one for you:)))
    Awesome giveaway Tiff, I am following you on twitter!

  10. I am following you on facebook!

  11. I will tweet your giveaway!

  12. Tiff! Happy Birth-i-versary!!! The cake is as beautiful as you are! I wish you many more happy years and look forward to many more wonderful posts! You are a gem! : )

  13. Happy Birth-i-versary!! I have loved reading about your fresh approach to cooking and I can;t wait to see what you cook up next!!

  14. Okay – give away or not…Happy Birth-i-versary! I’ve been following you for a while…all the way through the housing search and the move to DC so I’m excited you’re settled and the cake looks amazing!

    I’m not a vegan, but I’d love to see you veganize spaghetti and meatballs. I know it’s a challange…maybe call it spaghetti and meatfreeballs? Whatever…I know it will be delicious!

    I think I already follow you on facebook, but heading there to check!

  15. …..guess who likes you on facebook!?

  16. Great combination of words! Here’s wishing you a happy blogirthversary! The cake is great to celebrate this day!

  17. Ohhh HAPPY BIRTH-I-VERSARY Tiff!! I did not know you had started blogging right on your birthday! That’s so cool! You know how much I love your blog and what an inspiration you are for me (and many others)! I am so happy to have “met you”!!! <3

    Great giveaway! I follow you on Facebook!

  18. I follow you on Twitter as well! πŸ™‚

  19. Tweeted the giveaway! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  20. Congrats dear! Veganized? I’d love to see anything and everything!

  21. I liked you on FB!

  22. I follow you on twitter!

  23. Happy birthday, Tiffany! How cool that you started your blog on your birthday. You turned 22, right? I hope you had a fabulous day, gorgeous lady πŸ™‚ The cake looks absolutely scrumptious!

  24. Tiramisu oh please veganize tiramisu

  25. I am a fan of like water for chocolate on fb

  26. That is one gorgeous looking cake! Congrats on your year in blogland (mine is in September) and Happy Birthday!! Hope you have a fantastic day, you deserve it, you’re lovely, one of my favourite blogs and you’re always a sincere follower. Sending mucho peace & positivity your way xx
    PS: I liked you on facebook, that Sriracha print would look beautiful in my kitchen!!

  27. Happy Birthiversary-and wishing so many wonderful years ahead. Awesome cake-yum!

  28. Happy Birthday!! Nice CAKE!!

  29. Happy Day! So exciting to celebrate your blog and birthday all at once!

  30. Oh, what a special day for you, Tiffany!!! Gorgeous cake…and I have no requests because you can do it ALL so well…and you do!

  31. I’m a FB fan~

  32. I follow you on Twitter~

  33. I will tweet your giveaway~

  34. Happy Birth-i-versary to you Tiffany! That is one lovely cake you got there. πŸ™‚

  35. Nom. That cakes looks lovely. Also, that Sriracha print is so cool! Also again, I wonder if it’s possibly to veganize flourless chocolate cake? Or macarons? Can you make a meringue without egg whites?

  36. Ps, I like you on facebook. I need a facebook page for my blog too…

  37. Happy Birth-i-versary!! We’re all so proud of you! I will continue to send positive vibes and seek sub-par alternatives to satisfy my tummy growls until I’m again in your kitchen! *hugs*

  38. So much to celebrate, have one heck of a day! πŸ™‚

  39. Happy Birthday! The cake looks fantastic. Well done!

  40. Happy birthday and blogiversary! Congratulations on 1 year! Your cake looks wonderful and you are appreciated every day for posting about your cooking/baking and life (oh, and for reading about mine!)! πŸ™‚

  41. Happy Birthiversary!! Hope you enjoyed a piece or three of this lovely cake!

  42. Happy, happy birth-i-versary!!!! I hope it was a special day. πŸ™‚

    What to vegan-ize… if you can figure out how to vegan omelet, I will be beyond impressed.

  43. Tiffany, Happy Birthday….we never met but I can tell that you have great personality, Wish you all the best!

  44. Happy Birthiversary! You young’in hmmm what would I like to see you transform…my favorite sandwich – A french dip

  45. Just: Happy Birthday!

  46. Happy Birth-i-versary!

  47. Congrats on your blogobirthaversaday! Looking forward to more recipes in the coming year

  48. Happy Birthday and happy blog-o-versary! How very exciting! Can’t wait for the next year of fabulous things you come up with!

  49. Happy Birth-i-versary, Tiff! What a gorgeous cake! Wishing you many, many more birth-i-versaries to come! More power to you and your blog!

  50. I’m your fan on facebook!

  51. Following you on Twitter too!

  52. Just tweeted this!

  53. Happy Happy Birth-i-versary, wishing you many many more! Liking you on Facebook.

  54. Following you on Twitter.

  55. I made a trough of gumbo yesterday and I’d like to see how you will “Veganize” it. And be the way girly, that cake looks soooooo good!

  56. Wow Tiffany, what a beautiful cake to celebrate your birthday and blog anniversary…congratulations!
    Hope you have a wonderful week ahead πŸ™‚

  57. Stunning cake and a very Happy Blogiversary!!!

  58. Unfortunately, I would probably eat that entire cake in one sitting. So it’s probably best that I can only drool over it here! It looks absolutely delicious. Happy “birthiversary”! =-)

  59. Happy Birthday and Happy Blogg Anniversary!! What a great giveaway and that cake just looks amazing!!

  60. Posted on Facebook πŸ™‚

  61. Happy Birthday and blogiversary! Super fun giveaway love the Sriracha print…

  62. I like you on FB already! (MsLindselicious)

  63. And I follow you on Twitter! (MsLindselicious) or sorry the FB is just Lindselicious

  64. Happy belated Birth-i-versary! Sorry I was out of town and missed the actual day! I can’t wait for this cake recipe!!!!

  65. Happy belated birthday!!! I’ve always said there was a little something extra special about those of us born on the 13th. πŸ˜‰

  66. I already follow you on Twitter. πŸ™‚

  67. I follow you on FB too!!

  68. Happy Birthday Tiffany! This cake sounds amazing, and so awesome that it is vegan! I would love a piece ;)!

  69. Happy i-versary! and great cake!

  70. I love to “veganize” things. I think what I would love to see, if you haven’t done it already, is a pound cake and buttercream frosting. I think one thing I miss about eating butter is the rich flavor it could give desserts…I just haven’t had the same level of satisfaction from Earth Balance (not enough butter flavor).

  71. Happy belated birthday wishes! (((HUGS)))

  72. I am following you on Twitter (@rachelkyle0402)

  73. I like you on FB

  74. I tweeted the giveaway @rachelkyle0402

  75. I posted the giveaway on FB (Rachel Keefe Jacobs)

  76. Happy Birthoversary!

  77. Happy anniversary!! I didn’t know it was also your blog anniversary! Congrats Tiffany! Veganize? Hmmm all the sweets you bake? Is it hard to do???

  78. I’m already your fb fan!

  79. Also twitter too! πŸ™‚ I realized… hey it’s just turned Friday here…. Am I too late? Sorry I have been so busy this week… πŸ™

  80. Thank you everyone for your comments, encouragement, congrats, and positive energy! I hope you have a great weekend!!!

  81. Happy Birth-i-versary! Your cake looks wonderful!

  82. So I believe I wished you a Happy Birthday on FB….but since I am behind on blog love, I missed the opportunity here:-( I hope you had an amazing day, you deserve it!!! Your cake looks soooo good, and so pretty! Sending love and hugs, Terra

  83. Happy Birthday! Happy Blogiversary! Sorry I’m just getting to this now, hope you had a wonderful day!

  84. Nooooooo, I almost lost your birth-i-versary… very very very late, but HAPPY BIRT-I-VERSARY <:o)

  85. Happy
    Thanks for all you kind comments, your cake looks lovely, look forward to more x