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Raw Christmas Cake

Looking for an alternative to a flour rich Xmas Cake recipie?

This raw event is  a sweet, dense, fruit and nut based ‘cake’, spiced with citrus, ginger, and almond extract. It loves to be frosted with a thick layer of coconut whipped cream & garnished with pecans and dried cherries.

Make individual mini cakes for school lunch boxes or that casual afternoon with the kids in the park. Or indulge your friends with a large cake sliced into pieces for taking home after the party is over!

Cake Dough:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup packed dates
  • 1/2 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 ” ginger, minced
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon almond extract

Method:

  1. Grind the cashews, almonds & coconut in a food processor. Put aside.
  2. Thoroughly blend all remaining ingredients in food processor.
  3. Add dry mixture & process into a dough.
  4. Fold in the fruit & nuts (below).
  5. Press dough in a cake mold of your choice. A 7″ spring form pan with a cup in the middle makes a bunt looking cake. Or use 4″ spring form pans and make a hole in the center.
  6. Chill.

Fruit and Nuts

Combine your fav unsulfured dried fruit eg: dried cherries, pineapple, mulberries, raisins & goji berries. Chop bigger fruits like pineapple or mango. Add plain nuts.

  • 3/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1/4-1/2 cup fresh fruit juice
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Toss the fruit and juice together and marinate for 1/2 – 1 hour (or longer).

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil

Blend all but the coconut oil until smooth with a high speed blender (for proper thickening it is important for the cashews to be completely broken down )

Add the oil & blend.

Pour into a large shallow pan and chill in the fridge for 12 hours (if you want to speed up the firming, freeze for 1 hour and then put back into the fridge).

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