Spiced Pumpkin Cake

This is a big cake – remember I was using all that pumpkin! So I have given measures that will make 2 x 2lb loaves or the one big cake. If you want you can just halve the amounts and make the one loaf. But these freeze like a dream!

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients
• 600g / 20 oz GF SR flour
• 420g / 14 oz brown sugar
• 1 salt
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• 1 tbsp ginger
• 600g / 20 oz roasted pumpkin puréed in a food processor
• 250 ml sunflower oil
• 9 tbsp Agave Nectar

Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F/180˚C/Gas4.
Parchment line a 24 cm spring form cake tin. Or 2 x 2lb loaf tins.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, salt, and spices.
In a jug whisk together the oil and agave.
Add wet mixture to dry with the pureed pumpkin then mix until well combined. This is a stiff batter, don’t worry, the pumpkin will make it a really soft cake 🙂

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Pour into prepared pan and level it off.

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Bake 45-50 minutes or until top is starting to brown and it feels firm to the touch. For the loaves allow 35-40 minutes 🙂
Let it to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then open the pan or tip them out and allow to cool on a rack.

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Blueberry Superfood Layer Cake – Gluten free, No Added Sugar, Vegan

If you have looked at my Facebook page you will have seen the recipe that inspired this recipe.

I liked the recipe because it looked like it may be something that I would eat in the morning. Mostly I don’t want to eat in the morning, I am very satisfied to have a juice or a tea. But when I do feel I need to eat then it will be an urge I cannot ignore. I can eat cereals and breads (those typical things) but I find that they very rarely fulfil their promise of keeping me full until lunchtime. Even porridge (- with a banana on it!) which seems to do it for everybody else, will have me scouting around for something 30 minutes later.

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So I thought the original recipe looked like it had potential, but I didn’t want the sugar, I wanted it Vegan and I wanted to add more ingredients that would rack up the nutritional content as well as really extending the ‘full up filling’.

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And, as you will have noticed, I am loving the RAW! foods, so I decided to fill this with a seriously delicious RAW! cream.

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Bearing all that in mind, it is a great little cake. It is delicious (do not expect chocolate fudge sweetness) and after eating it I did not have a serotonin crash, didn’t have a weird bloating and belly ache and that horrid sense of ‘just ate something that will do me no favours and it didn’t even taste nice’.

I love a ‘Win, Win’ situation!

😀

Blueberry Superfood Layer Cake
Gluten free, No Added Sugar, Vegan

150 ml fresh carrot (or orange) juice
5 tsp ground golden linseeds
30 g / 1 oz Chia seeds
1 tsp Vanilla extract
240 g/ 8 oz coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
60 g / 2 oz goji berries (or raisins – this is the sweetness) ground in a food processor
30 g / 1 oz Sunflower seeds ground in a food processor
30 g / 1 oz Pumpkin seeds ground in a food processor
1 tbsp Maca Root Powder
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder
100 ml Almond milk
60 ml / 2 fl oz Coconut oil
180 g/ 6 oz raspberries (or Blueberries, what you like)
4 oz Pine nuts

Grease and parchment line 2 x 23 cm cake tins.

Pre heat the oven to Gas 4/ 350˚F/180˚C.

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Soak the chia seeds

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and ground linseeds

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in the carrot juice for 30 minutes. It will start to thicken.

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Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt,

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goji berries, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, maca root and Lucuma.

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Give it a whisk to mix.

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Melt the coconut oil.

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Add the oil, almond milk and vanilla into the juice chia seed mix and give it a whisk.

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Now whisk the wet into the dry.

Fold in the fresh fruit (my choice today was raspberries).

Divide evenly between the two tins and smooth over evenly.

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Bake for 45 minutes. Swap their positions in the oven half way through the cooking time.

Cook on wire racks in the tin for 20 minutes. Then turn out and remove the parchment paper.

Cool completely.

RAW! Delicious Filling

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1 medium avocado
30 ml / 1 fl oz coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp lemon/ lime juice
240 g / 8 oz almonds
Pinch of salt
60 g /2 oz agave nectar
1 tbsp Lucuma powder

Grind the almonds in a coffee grinder until almost a butter.

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Then blend the avocado, vanilla, lime juice, salt, Lucuma and agave nectar in the food processor until smooth and creamy.

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Add in the almonds and blend again, add the coconut oil and blend just for another 2 seconds.

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Spread onto the cooled cake.

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Yum yum!

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Banana Bread

This is such a great cake, the fact that on a normal day it has bananas in it is a bonus.

This is the cake that I use in the Winter Semifreddo (without the chocolate topping), it gives the best texture and a stable consistency to the pudding in a way that no other cake does.

I am giving the recipe twice as one is perfect for Vegans, or if you need to avoid eggs for any reason, but a good cake recipe that doesn’t contain all the typical cake ingredients is turning into something of a speciality for me.

I promise you, once again, this is a very simple and straight forward recipe that will produce no gnashing of teeth in frustration 😀

Banana Cake

Banana Cake (Like you’ve never had before)

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6 large ripe bananas (at least as ripe as in the photo, even blacker is better for flavour but less black is Okay too)

2 egg

160 ml / 6 floz olive oil

140 ml / 5 floz honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp fine sea salt

420 g/14 oz  Gluten Free Self Raising flour

90g / 3 oz 70% Cocoa Solid Chocolate

6 slices of dried Banana Chips (Optional)

or

*Vegan Banana Cake (Like you’ve never had before)

6 large ripe bananas

2 tbsp Vinegar (Balsamic is best (the flavour is great with the Banana but Malt is fine too, whatever you have in the cupboard- all the acid smell will be gone once it is cooked)

160 ml / 6 floz olive oil

140 ml / 5 floz Golden Syrup or Agave Nectar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp fine sea salt

420 g/14 oz Self Raising flour

90g / 3 oz 70% Cocoa Solid Chocolate

6 slices of dried Banana Chips (Optional)

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# hashtagged points are for the non Vegans to follow

Preheat your oven to 350˚F, 180˚C or Gas 4.

#Butter a piece of greaseproof paper or parchment.

*Vegans: Brush with a little oil a piece of greaseproof paper or parchment.

Use it to line a 23 cm/9” bundt pan. Or a round cake pan, I like the look of it in the Bundt, but keep it 23 cm/9”. This is a nice big cake and the cake will either need the whole in the Bundt or else to be thinned a little with the extra width.

Sift together baking soda, salt and flour.

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Mash the bananas until liquid. You can do this in the food processor or with a potato masher or just a fork, they are all fine methods.

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#Add to the bananas the eggs, oil, honey and vanilla extract and either give it a quick blitz or whisk to get it all well blended.

*Vegans: Add to the bananas the vinegar, oil, Golden Syrup/Agave Nectar and vanilla extract and either give it a quick blitz or whisk to get it all well blended.

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Pour the banana ‘smoothie’ into the flour mix and stir with a whisk until just combined.

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Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake until a tester comes out clean, about 40 to 50 minutes.

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Cool the cake in pan on rack for 10 -15 minutes.

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Turn it out and allow to cool completely.

Bring a small pan of water to the boil, pop a heatproof dish on top of the pan and turn the heat off (the residual heat should be sufficent to melt this tiny amount of chocolate).

Use a butter knife and gently poke and stir the chocolate until it is melted. Now use a cloth to take the dish off the pan. Just wipe away any drips from the bottom of the bowl so they don’t drip onto the cake and spoon and tip the chocolate all over the top, let it dribble . I like to add a few Banana Chips but that is up to you.

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I like the strong chocolate and I have often used the 85% Cocoa Solids Chocolate but you can use milk chocolate or white chocolate, or no chocolate at all.

Needless to say the cake I used in the Semifreddo did not have a chocolate topping

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

Come and see me on Saturdays’ at Bermondsey Square Farmers Market in Southwark. It’s just off Tower Bridge Road, a short walk from The White Cube, Southbank and Borough Market.
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