Spice up your life
Eating cake is one of life’s guilty pleasures, but with this tasty treat you can drop the guilt and just enjoy.
This is the sort of cake you can eat for breakfast and not feel an ounce of guilt because instead of icing, it’s topped with coconut yogurt rippled with pastel pink rhubarb. The rhubarb is beautifully tart and works wonderfully with the cardamom, but you can use any spice you like.
VEGAN RHUBARB AND CARDAMOM CAKE
FOR THE RHUBARB COMPOTE:
2 stems of rhubarb, washed and cut into 1cm chunks 1 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp coconut sugar
FOR THE CAKE:
200g spelt or regular flour
150g coconut sugar
100g ground almonds
3 tsp ground cardamom
2 tsp baking powder
½ cup almond or coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup light olive oil
½ cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
2 stems of rhubarb, washed and cut into 1cm chunks
FOR THE TOPPING:
¾ cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
FOR THE DECORATION:
Fresh flowers (optional)
First, make the rhubarb compote. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue to simmer gently for about five minutes until the rhubarb is soft and falling apart. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 170C on fan bake. Line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, combine the flour, coconut sugar, ground almonds, cardamom and baking powder.
Gradually add the milk, vanilla and oil. Finally, fold through the coconut yogurt.
Spoon the batter into the tin and spread out to the sides. Scatter over the rhubarb pieces and press them down lightly with a spoon.
Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until golden in colour, springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
In a bowl, swirl together ½ cup of cooled rhubarb compote with the ¾ cup of coconut yogurt.
Once the cake is completely cool, top with the rhubarb yogurt mixture, decorate with some fresh flowers if using, and serve immediately.