September 9, 2011
The outcome was good although not what I had expected. I main recipe I was working from used mashed banana which left a very strong flavour that transformed the cake into blueberry and banana instead of just blueberry (perhaps I should have used grated carrot instead) and the frosting had a strong taste of coconut which was nice except that I was going for lemon! You can see from the picture below that it was quite dense and heavy and very moist but the longer it sat in the fridge the tastier it was (note: it only lasted until midnight despite it being too heavy for double servings in a row). On whole the cake turned out good but the process has planted great ambitions in me to create the perfect 'free-from' cake to match all of my needs and restrictions! So watch this space because I’ll try to get around to it before my next birthday! Note: I should also mention that it is not customary in our family to make your own birthday cake but my mom was so bewildered with inventing a cake that would suit my extreme and random sugar free, animal protein reduced allergy friendly diet that I suggested making it myself while she stuck to dinner and present wrapping! ;)
Blueberry & Banana Bread Cake
makes one double layered 8” cake
*Xanthan Gum free
*Sugar free (note: contains agave nectar)
1 cup Ground Almonds
1/2 cup Rice Flour
1/2 cup Corn Flour (note: I used half & half grainy and smooth flour because the original recipe called for potato starch, which I don’t like & I thought that the grainy flour would add to the texture)
1/2 cup Tapioca Flour
3 1/4 tsp GF Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp ground Chia Seeds
1/2 cup sunflower oil (good quality without a strong flavour or scent)
1 cup Original Organic Rice Milk (less 6 tbsp set aside for the egg substitution)
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 mashed Banana
1 tsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tbsp Vanilla
2 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds (mixed with the 6 tbsp of rice milk)
1 1/4 cup Frozen Blueberries (thawed and drained)
1/2 cup sugar free jam (Note: I used St Dalfour: Raspberry & Pomegrante jam which is SUPER tasty and sweetened with grape juice)
1. Preheat oven to 180C and line two 8” circular spring form pans with wax paper, or parchment paper.
2. Mix the ground flax seed into the 6tbsp rice milk and set aside.
3. Sift all the flours, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the ground almonds and chia seeds.
4. Beat in the oil, rice milk and agave nectar with an electric mixer (for 1-2 minutes).
7. Divide the batter evenly and pour into the lined spring-form pans and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes.
For the icing:
Coconut & Lemon Cashew Cream Icing
makes at least 2 cups of icing (which was way too much for my cake!)
*Sugar free (note: contains agave nectar)
2 cups Raw Cashew Nuts (not roasted or salted) soaked in water for 4-6 hours
1/2 cup Water (or Rice Milk) or enough to blend smoothly but not become watery
3 tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
2 tsp Vanilla
3 tbsp Lemon Juice
Pinch of Salt
1. Drain the cashew nuts, wash them thoroughly in fresh water and drain again.
2. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend thoroughly until smooth (I used a handheld blender which was not ideal. Note: the graininess of my frosting which should be smooth but I thought that my blender was about to burnout!)
3. Place in the fridge overnight before using (4-6 hours should be sufficient but I think its best to make the frosting the previous day and refrigerate until needed)
As I said above, I had way more frosting then I needed. If I had it again I would have put a layer of frosting in the middle with the jam as we ended up scooping more frosting on top when eating it. The frosting was very soft and many recipes included medjool dates for sweetness and possibly strength too (?) but I wanted my frosting to be white as possible. It worked fine overall but I would have liked more stiffness and a smoother blend - For Christmas I’ll ask Santa for a blender I think!
I also suspect that more ground almonds and less liquid and a possible omission of chia seeds would have helped the overall density and moisture so I look forward to the next occasion which calls for cake so I can try again!
Credit: All pictures which include my hands were taken by F. :)
and The icing is a doubled version of an almost unchanged recipe (except for additional agave nectar, lemon juice and reduced water) which I found on www.withoutadornment.wordpress.com and the cake recipe was a converted, substituted and altered version from the same post.