'Tis the season for hosting and attending holiday parties, entertaining everyone from family and friends to co-workers… and you need easy, fun dishes to keep in your back pocket. This recipe is in our holiday feast series: Wholesome, delicious and portable! This recipe is inspired by Ella Leché's cookbook, Cut The Sugar: You're Sweet Enough, and it was so good we had to share how it's made with you. Completely vegan, gluten-free and low-sugar, this cake will surprise even the biggest chocolate-butter-loving-friend you have. The flavors scream holiday between the nutty rooibos tea, cinnamon and hint of cacao. We promise, baking an entire cake has never been easier--be the hit of your holiday party and ENJOY!
Ingredients for Cake:
1 3/4 cups spelt flour 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp raw cacao powder 1 tbsp baking powder 3/4 cups coconut palm sugar 1/4 tsp sea salt 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/2 cup grape seed oil 1/2 cup brewed rooibos tea
Ingredients for Frosting:
1/2 cup almond milk 1 tbsp cornstarch 1 tbsp sugar 3/4 cup vegan butter 1/4 cup vegan shortening 15-20 drops liquid stevia Optional: berries and coconut flakes to top!
- In a large bowl, sift: spelt flour, cinnamon, cacao powder and baking powder. Then add the coconut palm sugar and sea salt.
- In a separate bowl, mix: applesauce, grape seed oil and rooibos tea.
- Combine wet mix into dry mix, stir until everything is combined well. Then distribute the batter evenly between two standard cake tins.
- Bake on the middle rack for 15-18 mins at 375 (until golden, don't over-bake!).
- For the frosting, add almond milk and cornstarch into a saucepan over low heat. Stir until combined. Add sugar, then mix again until a thick pudding-like texture forms. Let chill for 5 minutes.
- Separately, mix the vegan butter and vegan shortening together until fluffy.
- Add the milk mixture to the butter and combine well. Add stevia, then mix until light and fluffy.
- Once the cake has completely cooled, frost the top of the bottom layer, then the top of the top layer. Top with your favorite berries and coconut flakes!
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