In the world of Savouring Stella, cake is a perfectly acceptable breakfast. Especially when it has densely nutritious buckwheat flour, carrot, and a lightly sweetened cashew cream frosting. Umm HELLO!
This beautiful cake is dense, moist, and just the right amount of sweet. It's spiced with cinnamon, and topped with cashew cream frosting- which when done right, is about the best thing in the world. How could cashew cream be done wrong you ask? I didn't think it was possible either until I had a cake with a cashew frosting and it was far too bitter and nutty. Not enough vanilla and agave in that recipe obviously. Fortunately for you, I've perfected cashew cream after years of practice. However, it's one of those things that's subjective to the individual, so when in doubt, keep adding agave, and lemon zest until it's to your liking.
|Brunch spread; fruit salad, buckwheat carrot cake, yoghurt, granola, quinoa and greens, avocado. Photo credit: Brandi Daniels at Eat.Drink.Yoga|
Buckwheat Carrot Cake makes one 9-inch round cake
cashew cream, cinnamon, lemon zest
- 1.75 cups buckwheat flour
- 3/4 cup gluten-free flour blend (I used Bob's Red Mill; alternately, you can use all buckwheat)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 cup almond or rice milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated carrot + extra optional for garnish
- 1/2 cup raisins + extra optional for garnish
- zest and juice of half a lemon
- 1.5 cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight, drained
- 3 Tbsp agave nectar (maple syrup would also be tasty)
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
MethodPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously grease a 9-inch round baking pan.
Make cashew cream by combining cashews, agave, lemon juice and zest in a food processor or high speed blender. Let this baby BLEND until it's silky in texture. Add additional sweetener and lemon zest to your taste. Cover the frosting and place in the fridge so the flavors can meld.
For the cake, combine flours, spices, baking powder and soda, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then whisk in apple sauce, milk, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Add wet mixture to dry. Fold in carrots and raisins.
Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 30-35 min, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Careful not to over-bake, once you hit the 30 minute mark, check on the cake and continue checking.
Once it's done, remove the cake and let it cool. I let mine sit covered on the counter all day, or for at least a few hours. Run some errands, grab coffee with a friend, then come back to it.
When you're ready to frost, how easy is this, place the cake on your serving plate, dollop the frosting on top of the cake. For this version, I kept the frosting on top, you could also work it onto the sides. Use a spatula to smooth the frosting while twisting the plate in a circular motion.
Optional garnish; I tossed the extra carrot in cinnamon and a touch of agave, and sprinkled it along the edges, then followed with raisins.