Vegan Raspberry and Almond Cake Recipe

Recipe and photos by The Cook & Him

yield: 8-10 slices

“The top is then drizzled with a touch of maple syrup mixed with some of the amazing stuff that is Foodie Flavours Natural Raspberry.  It’s such an intense flavour you only need a few drops to infuse the cake with the most wonderful raspberry tang.” – The Cook and Him

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 orange – grated zest
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup oil – olive oil, sunflower oil and avocado oil all work great for this recipe!
  • 1 tblsp apple cider vinegar
  • 10 drops Foodie Flavours Natural Almond Essence
  • Approximately 20 raspberries (see note)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 10-15 drops Foodie Flavours Natural Raspberry Essence
  • Optional: flaked almonds
  • An 8 inch (20 cm) loose bottom or spring form cake tin

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 Fan / 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5.  Brush a little oil around the inside of an 8 inch (20 cm) loose bottomed or spring form cake tin and dust with flour, shaking out any excess
  2. Cut a round piece of parchment to fit the bottom of the tin and place inside (I just draw round the outside of the tin and cut a little inside the circle!)
  3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, ground almonds and grated orange zest
  4. In a smaller bowl or jug whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, vinegar and almond essence
  5. Pour the wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and gently mix together until just combined
  6. Pour into your prepared tin then drop the raspberries evenly over the cake mix – it doesn’t need to be a perfect pattern as they sink into the cake as it cooks!
  7. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour.  Check the cake after 45 minutes by inserting a cocktail stick or skewer into the centre of the cake – it will come out clean if the cake is cooked.  If it doesn’t return to the oven for another 15 or so minutes, testing the cake again
  8. While that’s cooking, mix the maple syrup with the raspberry drops and once you’ve taken the cake out of the oven brush this syrup all over the top of the cake.  Sprinkle over the optional flaked almonds
  9. Leave to cool for around 15 minutes in the tin before carefully pushing up from the bottom of the cake (or releasing if you used a springform tin) and putting on a wire rack to cool completely
  10. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days

Notes

You can use fresh or frozen raspberries for this.  If you use frozen just put on a plate to defrost while you mix the ingredients all together.  They don’t need to be thoroughly thawed to work perfectly in this cake.

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