Autumn Recipes

Harvest Cake w. Coconut Vanilla Cream

October 11, 2013

Bring together the flavors of the season with this comforting cake adapted from Roost blog. Slightly spiced, naturally sweetened and entirely free of grain, gluten and dairy, this earthy cake is delicious and leaves you feeling good. If you prefer a layered cake, simply double the recipe. For a smaller morsel, this recipe would make a fine batch of muffins.


  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ cup melted butter (can sub Earth Balance or coconut oil)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped apple

Vanilla Cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for three hours, water discarded
  • ½ cup fresh apple juice
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 inch cake pan. In a bowl combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Pour wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir to incorporate. Pour into prepared cake pan and cook in oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. To prepare the cream, combine ingredients in a high speed blender until very smooth. Spread on top of cake or muffins. Cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days or in the fridge for one week.


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  • Reply Shelley October 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    When I try to go to the Roost blog, another site loads. So Roost gone?

    • Reply Natureal Mom October 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      I discovered that a couple of weeks ago too… it was a lovely blog!

  • Reply Leslie December 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Hi there! I just tried to make this cake but when I mixed the wet into the dry, the batter was so dry and crumbly…like crumble topping. I stuck it in the oven anyway, hoping for the best, but it just dried out even more. It’s like sand. Any ideas as to why/advice to remedy? I’d like to try again, it sounds delicious but seems to be missing a wet ingredient!

    • Reply Natureal Mom December 15, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      What a bummer- sorry to hear it turned out so dry! I double checked the recipe on my site to make sure I didn’t miss anything and it’s right… I would try using butter instead of coconut oil and adding 1/4 cup apple butter or applesauce to the batter/wet ingredients. I have been adding apple sauce to a lot of my cakes lately to make then extra moist for my toddler!

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