Vegan Gluten Free Apple Spice Cake With Cashew Cream

This cake is a no compromises, delicious, expensive, celebration cake. It’s also vegan, gluten and dairy free. My friends groan with delight when I serve this. Enjoy!

Kathryn’s Best Gluten Free Apple Spice Cake
(aka) Killer Carrot Cake for Lauren

Frosted with Cashew Cream

½ cup ground flax seed*
½ cup brown rice flour**
½ cup tapioca flour**
½ cup quinoa flour
1 tablespoon baking powder (non aluminum)
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves

1/3 cup coconut oil (room temp/semi-liquid)
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup soaked raw cashews (drained)
6 Medjool dates (remove pit)
2 teaspoons raw vinegar (rice or kombucha)
½ cup +/- rice milk (or coconut)
2 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon powder Ener-g egg replacer
¼ cup water

1 medium granny smith apple finely chopped (or grated carrot for variation)
1 cup loosely chopped pecans (walnuts are lovely also)

Preheat oven 350. Oil a glass square pan and set aside. Mix together dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In blender puree coconut oil, sugar, cashews, dates, vinegar, rice milk and vanilla until frothy. (It’s about 15-20 seconds in my Vita mix) In a small container whip Ener-g egg replacer and water with a small whisk until frothy. Then, toss all the wet things in with the dry and stir for 15-30 seconds. (I liken it to how you make muffins. Don’t get too crazy about mixing too thoroughly or you’ll ruin it.) Fold (gently stir) in the chopped apples and the pecans. Spoon batter into the oiled square pan and slide into the preheated oven. Bake for 35-45 minutes. (I use the knife in the middle technique to determine doneness. It should look moist with crumbs, not be covered with batter.)

Cashew cream: In blender: 1 cup of soaked cashews (8-10 hours)(drain water), 6 medjool dates and just enough water to surround, but leave them poking out. Blend until it is cream.

Remove cooked cake and let cool. Ladle the cream on almost-cool individual cake pieces.
*I freshly grind flax seed in a hand-held coffee mill.
**I grind my grains fresh in a hopper-style coffee mill.

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