I was recently asked to make a birthday cake for a special little boy who has a very special diet. No flour, no dairy, no sugar… no problem!
I have lots of beautiful resources for specialised baking, but upon looking at his list of allowed foods, I had one go-to girl in mind, Caitlin from the ever gorgeous and inspiring blog Roost.
If you have a specialised diet, especially one which needs to avoid grains, then you will find her story and her recipes invaluable.
Birthday Cake for Saachi adapted from the Harvest Cake on Roost.
Makes one double layer 20cm cake.
- 5 cups almond meal
- 3 tsp bi-carb soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 100ml coconut oil, melted
- 100ml honey
- 2 vanilla pods, seeds scraped
- 5 eggs
- 2 cups grated carrot
- 2 cups grated zucchini
- 2 cups chopped apple
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line two 20cm cake tins. In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour into the cake tins and bake in the centre of the oven for 45 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Cashew Cream Frosting
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for three hours, water discarded
- 225ml fresh apple juice
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons honey
- seeds from 2 vanilla beans
Blitz all ingredients in a blender or Thermomix until super smooth. If the frosting seems too loose, add some almond meal and blitz again, until you achieve your desired consistency.
Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.