My first real epiphany in the dessert realm was making raw cakes. It was a natural step that I should make them even more digestible by using fermented nuts in the filling, making the cakes lighter and even easier to digest. The Cultured Club’s chocolate celebration cake recipe has been known to take on many forms and flavours.
For the crust
– 160g whole raw almonds
– 20g cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
– 80g dates, pitted and chopped, plus more as needed
For the filling
– 420g fermented cashew nut cheese (see the recipe on page 151, but use cashews instead of macadamias and omit the nutritional yeast)
– 100g coconut sugar, xylitol or maple syrup
– 35g cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
– 250ml freshly squeezed orange juice
– 250ml melted coconut oil
– 1 tsp finely grated orange zest
– 1/4 tsp orange extract
– pinch of sea salt
1. To make the crust, process the almonds to a powder in the food processor. Add the cacao powder and blend again. (You can add in a few other superfoods now, such as maca, camu camu and some cacao nibs, but this is optional.) Add the dates gradually and process until the mixture starts to come together as a sticky dough. You might need a few more dates to help it bind together.
2. Line a 20cm springform cake tin with cling film and press the dough evenly into the bottom of the tin. Place it in the freezer to harden while you make your filling.
3. Put all the filling ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until ultra-smooth. Grab your base from the freezer and pour the filing into the tin, spreading it evenly over the base. Put in the freezer for one hour to set – if you can wait that long. Any leftovers (what leftovers?) will keep in the freezer for a month.
In The Cultured Club, Dearbhla will teach you the history and art of fermentation and how to turn simple ingredients into superfoods. Learn about gut health and basic fermentation techniques, and experience the vibrant flavours of foods and drinks such as kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented salsa, kombucha and kefir.
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