My Name Is Spice

Raw Four Layer Cake. Or Dairy free Torte

Imogen Taylor - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Once you get the hang of working with these raw ingredients; it is easy to improvise, and to interchange one idea with another.

This 4 layer cake comprises a nut and date base; a caramel layer, a jaffa mousse layer, and then a dark chocolate ganache.

Recently, I made individual desserts of similar composition; only instead of the caramel layer, I did a carrot/coconut layer. You can make it up as you go along...

This dessert was a labour of love; made for a close friend who enjoys sweet treats. Left to my own devices, I would probably never go to such lengths!
But I loved the process. And am always keen to explore new techniques.
To follow are my findings...


for the base
1 cup cashew nuts, soaked
1 tbsp whole linseed
1 tbsp ground almonds
1 cup dates soaked
1 heaped tbsp coconut oil
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor and pour into a springform pan with removable base. Put in the fridge to set while you make your next layers.

1 cup dates
1 ½ tbsp almond butter
1/3 cup pure organic maple syrup (or to personal taste)    
1 cup raw cashews (covered and soaked in water for an hour and then drained)
½ cup coconut oil, melted

Melt the coconut oil in a bowl over hot water; let it cool before adding to the other blitzed ingredients otherwise the mixture will split. Put into the fridge to set.

Jaffa Layer
2/3 cup raw cashew nuts, soaked overnight then drained
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp orange rind
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cacao powder
100g coconut oil, melted

Put the cashew nuts,orange juice and rind, maple syrup and pure cocoa powder in a food processor and blitz thoroughly. Wait for the melted coconut oil to cool a little, then add to the other ingredients and blend till smooth. Pour on top of the caramel layer

Chocolate Ganache

Use good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa content); melted into a small quantity of coconut oil. Once you have gently stirred these together, pour over the jaffa layer which has set in the fridge.



Cashew Nut Caramel layer
Option 1. (using tahini). This has a slightly bitter flavour which not everyone is going to love! If you are doubtful, I would skip this and go to the Cashew Caramel layer (see option 2)
½ cup tahini
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
a pinch Himalayan salt

Option 2. this is a standard raw cashew caramel recipe.

12 fresh dates, pitted
half cup almond butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt (use a mineral rich salt if you please)?
Trackback Link
Post has no trackbacks.

Recent Posts


organic vegetables Indian food vegan food inspiration summer food whole grains spicy food cashew sour cream conscious life vegan comfort food plant-based diet breakfast ideas dairy free lifestyle vegan salad activated buckwheat vegetarian food inspiration raw torte uncooking marinades fermented nut cheese date paste plantstrong rawfood lifestyle organic cereals vegetarian lifestye spicy patties vegan diet umami vegan food ideas cauliflower pizza base raw fod diet raw food diet pesto dairy free cheese vegan parmesan cheese vegan breakfast ideas peanut sauce raw parmesan ancient grains vegetarian cooking natural lifestyle dairyfree sweets plantfood delicious raw desserts vegan cheese Middle Eastern spices vegan salads healthy lifestyle raw cakes raw food lifestyle plant based romesco raw foodshare vegan desserts Moroccan fruit and nuts plantbasedlifestyle vegan fritters Indian chapattis chilli sambal vegan pesto felafel satay sauce vegan Indian food umami flavours spicy Moroccan cuisine raw vegan icing zucchini noodles plant-based lifestyle fresh Summer salad creative vegan cooking gluten free pizza base gluten free dairy free pancakes spicy Vindaloo Moroccan spices creative cooking dairy free parmesan conscious living pad thai vegan food inspo healthy vegan lifestyle egg free desserts coriander pesto raw carrot cakes plantpower dairyfree diet vegetarian shepherd's pie organic goji berries raw food inspo dehydrated pizza base consciousness salted capers vegan French cuisine rawfood granola bars raw vegan tarts healthy cooking organic quinoa vegan pancakes alfredo sauce Middle Eastern food midfulness raw lifestyle clean eating raw nut tarts vegan christmas tarts sweet potato fritters vegetarian sushi dairyfree lifestyle mindfulness vegan Indian cooking Ras el Hanout vegan food spice pastes conscious cooking plant-based pancakes warming spices raw food share fresh vegetables vegetarian food dairy free cheesecake no preservatives vegan curry raw food community vegan christmas pies chickpea patties beetroot carpaccio Middle Eastern yummy vegan food veganplantfood Shepherd's Pie stuffed potatoes socca coconut chutney vegetable patties vegan foodshare plantbased diet eggplant roulades raw carrot cake nut cheeses plant-based cheese organic wholefoods plant food vegan inspiration vegan patties organic ingredients vegan cooking vegan pizzas glutenfree lifestyle super foods mediterranean cooking vegetarian super grains mindful cooking courgette ribbons healthy vegan food no additives dairyfree pesto VEGAN vegan satay sauce polenta vegan lifestyle my name is Spice vegan community dairyfree desserts plant based cheese plant strong veganlifestyle dairy free shepherd's pie raw granola bars egg free mousse pink salt raw vegan quiche vegan inspo cauliflower pizza crust organic rocket healthy diet conscious eating raw lasagne chickpea pancakes vegan sushi spices walnut cheese goji berries gluten free desserts zuchinni noodles dairy free gluten free pizza meat free shepherd's pie French cuisine conscious lifestyle dairy free caramel raw desserts almond crumb unbaked carrot cake spicy indian food raw fruit tarts plant based diet vegan food share fresh salad plant-based nut cheese unbaking vegan shepherd's pie amaranth chilli gluten free pancakes raw food plant power raw pizza bases vegan Moroccan food dehydrated cauliflower pizza crust mineral-rich vegan pad thai natural food plantbased cakes xmas tarts raw quiche chermoula refined sugar free chickpea fritters crafting the future of food raw cheese raw fermented cheese spicy vegetarian food Moroccan cooking pear and rocket salad raw cheesecake spice blends plant based lifestyle veganism raw pad thai vegan xmas tarts Moroccan plantbased pizza plantbased cooking spice paste miso paste wholemeal chapattis vegetarian lifestyle raw caramel dair free raw vegan zoodles spicy fritters vegetarian diet spreads pizza no cheese mediterranean food vegetarian pad thai plantbased raw food inspiration natural cooking dairy free strawberry mousse itaian pizza macadamia cheese spicy vegan food plantpowered spiralized veggies plantbased lifestyle vegetable fritters vegan beetroot carpaccio cashew cheese no refined sugar rice malt syrup vegetarian curry vegan christmas treats plantbased pastries raw pizza plantbased pizza bases corn meal himalayan pink salt cauliflower pakoras dairy free desserts gluten free cooking dairy free pizza dips organic what vegans eat