Raw Salted Caramel Almond Cake

Raw Salted Caramel Almond Cake

This addictively delicious cake is raw, vegan, paleo-friendly, as well as free from refined-sugars, grains, gluten and dairy.  It would make the perfect birthday cake for your beloved family or friends; they’ll love you for it!  The recipe would also be amazing with hazelnuts, pecans or almonds instead of the almonds.

Use a 18-20cm (ie: small) round spring-form tin or a loaf tin for this recipe, or double the recipe and use a 23-25cm tin for a very large cake.  If not using a spring-form cake tin, line it with baking paper.
NB: You need to soak the cashews for 6-8 hours before you start, so it is a good idea to do this the night before.
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Ingredients:

Base:
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 6 fresh soft dates, seeded
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp filtered water
  • a pinch Himalayan salt
Almond Salted Caramel:
  • 6 fresh soft dates, seeded
  • 2tbsp warm filtered water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or essence
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or rice syrup*
  • 3/4 cup almonds (activated if possible)
Chocolate Layer:
  • 1 & 1/2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or rice syrup*
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
Top Layer:
  • 1/2 cup almonds (activated if possible), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs

Method:

1. Soak the cashews in filtered water to cover for 6-8 hours.  Drain and rinse.
2. To make the base: pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor until it is the consistency of wet sand.  Press evenly into the tin and place into the freezer.
3. To make the caramel layer: place the dates and warm water in a food processor and puree.  Add coconut oil, salt, vanilla and syrup and blend until well combined.  Then pulse the almonds into the mixture, being careful not to over-process as you want some crunch and texture.  Spread the caramel evenly onto the base and return the tin to the freezer.
4. To make the chocolate layer: blend the cashews and water in a food processor until smooth, regularly scraping down the sides. Be patient this takes a few minutes.  Pour in the coconut oil and syrup, and blend until thoroughly combined.  Add the cacao and mix in.  Smooth the chocolate layer over the caramel and put the tin back into the freezer.
5. For the top layer: mix together the chopped almonds and cacao nibs and sprinkle over the top of the cake, gently pressing it into the cake.  Cover and return the tin to the freezer to set for 4-5 hours or overnight.
6. Remove the cake from the freezer to soften a little for 5-10 minutes before cutting, and serve in small slices as it is quite rich.  Any leftover cake will keep in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
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Serves: 10-12
Preparation time: approximately 45 minutes, plus soaking and setting times.
*Maple syrup is sweeter than rice syrup so will produce a sweeter cake.
**Adapted from a recipe by Glen Farmer from www.suchdifferentskies.com.  Thanks for the inspiration Glen!
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Raw Salted Caramel Almond Cake

Raw Salted Caramel Almond Cake

This addictively delicious cake is raw, vegan, paleo-friendly, as well as free from refined-sugars, grains, gluten and dairy.  It would make the perfect birthday cake for your beloved family or friends; they’ll love you for it!  The recipe would also be amazing with hazelnuts, pecans or almonds instead of the almonds.

Use a 18-20cm (ie: small) round spring-form tin or a loaf tin for this recipe, or double the recipe and use a 23-25cm tin for a very large cake.  If not using a spring-form cake tin, line it with baking paper.
NB: You need to soak the cashews for 6-8 hours before you start, so it is a good idea to do this the night before.
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This addictively delicious cake is raw, vegan, paleo-friendly, as well as free from refined-sugars, grains, gluten and dairy. It would make the perfect birthday cake for your beloved family or friends; they'll love you for it! The recipe would also be amazing with hazelnuts, pecans or almonds instead of the almonds.
Servings Prep Time
12Servings 45Minutes
Passive Time
12Hours
Servings Prep Time
12Servings 45Minutes
Passive Time
12Hours
Raw Salted Caramel Almond Cake
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This addictively delicious cake is raw, vegan, paleo-friendly, as well as free from refined-sugars, grains, gluten and dairy. It would make the perfect birthday cake for your beloved family or friends; they'll love you for it! The recipe would also be amazing with hazelnuts, pecans or almonds instead of the almonds.
Servings Prep Time
12Servings 45Minutes
Passive Time
12Hours
Servings Prep Time
12Servings 45Minutes
Passive Time
12Hours
Ingredients
Base Layer
Almond Salted Caramel
Chocolate Layer
Top Layer
Servings: Servings
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Instructions
  1. Soak the cashews in filtered water to cover for 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse.
  2. To make the base: pulse all of the ingredients in a food processor until it is the consistency of wet sand. Press evenly into the tin and place into the freezer.
  3. To make the caramel layer: place the dates and warm water in a food processor and puree. Add coconut oil, salt, vanilla and syrup and blend until well combined. Then pulse the almonds into the mixture, being careful not to over-process as you want some crunch and texture. Spread the caramel evenly onto the base and return the tin to the freezer.
  4. To make the chocolate layer: blend the cashews and water in a food processor until smooth, regularly scraping down the sides. Be patient this takes a few minutes. Pour in the coconut oil and syrup, and blend until thoroughly combined. Add the cacao and mix in. Smooth the chocolate layer over the caramel and put the tin back into the freezer.
  5. For the top layer: mix together the chopped almonds and cacao nibs and sprinkle over the top of the cake, gently pressing it into the cake. Cover and return the tin to the freezer to set for 4-5 hours or overnight.
  6. Remove the cake from the freezer to soften a little for 5-10 minutes before cutting, and serve in small slices as it is quite rich. Any leftover cake will keep in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
Recipe Notes
*Maple syrup is sweeter than rice syrup so will produce a sweeter cake.
**Adapted from a recipe by Glen Farmer from www.suchdifferentskies.com.  Thanks for the inspiration Glen!
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