Saturday, September 19, 2009

Blue Is the Theme Of The Day

As mentioned in my last post, I've got a cake recipe for you. While ice cream naturally goes with birthday cake, I didn't get around to making any for the actual event. I did, however, make some wild blueberry ice cream a few days ago since we have so many freshly picked berries.

Vanilla Cake with Mulberry Maca Filling & Wild Blueberry Frosting

You can make 1 round cake and alternate between cake and filling.... or as I did, 2 cakes - larger one on the bottom and smaller on top for the 2 tiered effect.
Next time I'd like to fold blueberries into the filling for a nice touch. Maybe you'd like to give it a try...

Vanilla Cake
4 cups almond flour
1 1/2 cups pitted, packed dates
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
1/4 cup e. v. coconut oil

In a food processor, grind the dates. Add the remaining ingredients and process into a smooth dough.

Mulberry Maca Filling
2/3 cup cashews
1/2 cup dried mulberries, soaked in 1/2 cup water for a few hours
1/2 cup goji berries, soaked in a bit of water for 20 minutes
2 tablespoons maca powder
1 tablespoon lucuma powder
1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients until smooth, including the mulberry soak water.

Blueberry Frosting
2 cups blueberries
1 cup cashews
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup melted cacao butter
1/4 cup agave
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Blend ingredients until creamy and smooth. Briefly chill in the fridge to allow for easier piping. Be careful not to chill for too long, or it will firm so much that it's hard to pipe/spread!

Spread 1/4 of the cake evenly into an 8" spring form pan.
Evenly spread 1/3 of the goji filling on top. Chill in the freezer for a short while to firm, making it easier to spread the next layer of cake on top.
Spread another 1/4 of the cake over the filling.
Chill the cake in the freezer for a few hours to allow it to firm.
Once chilled, spread the top and sides of the cake evenly with blueberry frosting.

Follow the same directions for the second, smaller cake.
Pipe frosting around the edges and decorate the cake however you like! Enjoy with friends! :)

Oh, and I want to mention that my mom thinks this cake looks like an old fashioned ladies hat... what do you think? That wasn't exactly the look I was going for, but it seemed this cake creation had a mind of its own!

Now into frosty creamy land... yum yum! This is a reeeally
simple recipe. It doesn't require making any nut milk, or melting coconut oil, or any of that stuff! :) Me likey!

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream
2 cups cashews
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup agave
Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Chill for a few hours. Process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions OR freeze in ice cube trays.

This ice cream reminded me of one of my all time faves, Blueberry Cardamom Ice Cream... and another refreshing one you might remember from this summer was the Lemon Balm Berry Ice Cream.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

That is the most beautiful cake I've seen in ages...raw, vegan, or not. It's simply a work of art. Girl, you need to enter that in the State Fair and you'll win a blue ribbon for your beautiful blue cake!

I had written you a few days ago about going to the raw spirit fest in AZ next weekend or not...I still havent made up my mind, probably not going :( but I will keep you posted.

Have a great nite and go eat some more 'o that awesome cake!

The Voracious Vegan said...

Stunning cake! I've had some beautiful raw cakes in my day so I know that they can just be the most amazing things. I love the beautiful color.

kristal said...

Hi heathy, I love your blog! Ive been a fan for a couple years now!! I had a few questions about catering events and wondered if you could pass some insight my way Im not sure the best way to talk to you so I will post this in the comments and maybe you will get back to me Thanks!! My email is Im so jealous of that blueberry bucket!!! Aloha,kristal

Raw Goddess said...

Averie, nice to hear from you again. Aww, really you might not go now? Well perhaps next year you'll make it! But do keep me posted :)

Voracious - thanks! I know eh? It seems that all raw cakes and desserts and absolutely amaaaazing!!!!

Kristal - I will email you :) Still lots of blueberries in the bush, in fact, Im going picking again today. Come on over!

Food as Medicine said...

I just love your blog! You have some of the most creative and beautiful creations. I love that you use seasonal ingredients.
Thank you so much for posting all of your great ideas!!

Kristy said...

Wow! I'm extremely impressed at your cake! It looks gorgeous. I've never had a raw cake before but I'll definitely have to try out this one!

TheFitnessFreak said...

Such beautiful foods! You are always so creative : )

Anonymous said...

WOW that cake looks amazing!! Hope I can find dry mulberries easily.. I DEF have to try this recipe!

Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl said...

Wow, that is total RAWsomeness!!!! I'm sure it tastes DIVINE, too. Just wow!

Anonymous said...

aloha from StarFire!! I will be catering a wedding.. and I think the bride and groom will love this cake! It's beautiful heathy!! Can't wait till January!!

Anonymous said...

It's unbelivable how you bake so niiiiiiiicccceeeeee raw cakes. !!!brilliant!!!!!
dora from Portugal

Michelle-pure2raw said...

Wow the cake looks amazing. I have followed your blog for awhile and must say it is truly great!! I love how you used mulberries : )

KombuchaCHIC said...

That's some seriously beautiful food!

Krunsdogs said...

Love your blog. Your raw cakes and desserts are amazing!

Raw Goddess said...

Thanks guys!! :D

Starfire, great idea - I what else are you making for the wedding? Actually, I wanted to make the vanilla cake from my Just Desserts ebook for this cake, but forgot to soak the dried fruit... so I settled for the other cake. Let me know if you don't have the book.

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Roxanne said...

Wow yummy.. A blue cake.. I love the idea of being raw, mmmmm..