Marlene’s 60th Vegan Birthday Cake

Black & White Chocolate Cake

I created this recipe for my mum’s 90th birthday cake. Everyone loved it, so much so, it has now become the family’s birthday cake. Unfortunately, I had to make my own.!!!

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The crunchy base texture contrasts with the creamy top, to make this sumptuous cake irresistible

Oat or Quinoa Nut Crust

1 cup oat or quinoa flour

2 cups pecans

¼ cup brown rice syrup

1 tbsp. coconut oil

2 tbsp. maple or coconut sugar

3 tbsp. ground flax

½ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. sea salt

Preheat the oven to 175/350°.  Put 2 cups pecans in a food processor and process until they start to clump and oils start to release. In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil with brown rice syrup, stirring all the time. Transfer the pecan mixture into a large bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Using your hands, squeeze the dough over and over to combine. You should be able to form a ball with it. If it’s too dry add a little water. Transfer the pecan dough into a 9” push-up fluted flan dish and smooth out evenly. Press down firmly with fingers, bringing it up along the sides pressing as firmly as you can. Prick the dough with a fork to make a cross. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

For the Cake Topping:

½ cup cacao butter

1½ cups cashew nuts, soaked overnight

1 cup almond milk

½ cup maple syrup or rice syrup

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

2 tbsp. lemon juice

Cacao powder for dusting

Drain the cashews and rinse in cold water.  Melt the cocoa butter in a small saucepan, on a low heat. Pour into your blender. Add all the other ingredients and whizz until smooth. Pour over the cooled cake base. Sprinkle with cacao powder and place in the refrigerator.  Once set, decorate with raspberries.

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Cashews are used throughout the world, as paste base for curries in India and Sri Lanka, as whole nuts in Thailand and China, and brewed as sweeteners in Spanish and South American desserts. Add them to chocolates and cakes. Please ensure you purchase fair-trade organic cashews grown using sustainable farming practices such as biodiversity and multi-cropping.

In good health

marlene