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)?

Recent Posts


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