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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Apple & Ginger Loaf Cake / The Bake-Off Bake-Over Week 5


This week on The Great British Bake Off was cake week - one of the absolute best weeks, right? Everyone loves cake, especially at the weekend with a cup of English Breakfast Tea...you just can't beat it. Being gluten free, vegan and trying to avoid refined sugars it can be tricky to find ready-made cakes available to buy and the ones I've tried honestly haven't been so good, SO I like to make my own.

The bakers first task was to make a ginger cake, which instantly excited me because I adore ginger cake but have never actually made one myself. I knew I had to try and create a healthier, free-from ginger cake alternative for this weeks Bake-Off Bake-Over recipe! I'm pleased to say my attempt was a great success with this super tasty, light, fluffy Apple & Ginger Loaf Cake.


I'm beyond proud of how this free-from cake turned out! If you've ever tried to make a cake without eggs, butter and gluten free flour you'll know it's really tricky and almost always goes wrong. It's very difficult to create that light, fluffy texture but I did it with this recipe so well and I think it's the best gluten free, vegan cake I've actually ever taste.
Not only is the texture spot on but the flavours are mouth-wateringly delicious with just the right amount of warm ginger coming through along with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. I chose to use apple puree in this recipe to not only help with the texture but add this incredible taste and natural sweetness to the cake which worked so well. I even added a bit of the apple puree over the top for extra yumminess. As you can imagine the flavours are so comforting and warm, they really make you feel so autumnal and this cake is unbeatable with a little bit of dairy-free custard or even warmed up with a dollop of ice-cream. Yum!

I know this recipe is going to be one I keep coming back to for years to come and I'm so excited to share it with you! Remember to tag me in any recreations on Instagram @NourishingAmelia


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Apple & Ginger Loaf Cake

Fluffy, Moist, Sweet Apple & Ginger Cake - completely gluten free & vegan
prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients


  • 300g plain gluten free flour
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 120ml almond milk
  • 6 tbsp + 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed mixed with  6 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 tbsp cashew butter
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of sofa
  • Pinch of salt

instructions


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius
  2. Mix the flaxseed with the water and put to one side to allow to thicken.
  3. Combine the flour, ground almonds, spices, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.
  4. Add 6 tbsp apple sauce, cashew butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and almond milk to a blender and blend into a smooth mixture.
  5. Pour this liquid mixture into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients, along with the now thickened flaxseed mixture. Mix well.
  6. Slowly add the water, tablespoon by tablespoon until you reach a cake mixture consistency. 
  7. Line a loaf tin with greaseproof paper and pour the cake mixture into it. Spread the remaining apple puree over the top of the cake batter.
  8. Place in the oven to bake for around 30 minutes. You may need to cover the cake with tin foil at around 20 minutes to avoid the top burning.
  9. Allow the cake to set and cool for at least 20 minutes before removing from the cake tin, cutting and digging in!
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