In the midst of a heavy work-week, it may be that all we care about is getting in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible, living on leftovers and quick fixes. But every now and then, the occasion calls us to create something truly special. Maybe we get tired of preparing the same old dishes everyday, or we read a new blog post that re-kindles our passion for food.
The Raw Ombre Cake featured in this post is a fantastic pick for those times. Looking over the instruction set and list of ingredients may feel intimidating at first, but with the right tools, a little know-how, and a desire to eat a bunch of delicious cake…anything is possible.
We recently had a chat with Shanna Jade of Kiss My Bowl, and she graciously granted us permission to share her seriously-epic, raw-vegan cheesecake recipe. Although Shanna has recently moved on to other business opportunities, her special talent for creating decadent desserts is evident here.
Here are her thoughts on the matter:
“Of all the things that can be made vegan, or even vegetarian for that matter – my favorite to play with is cake. Something about the prettiness of a cake, the elegance. Sure you can make a pretty mean looking burger, get mouths watering and imaginations wandering about exactly how flavorful it’ll be, what the crunch factor might be on the pickle or the spice in the oozing drippy sauce. A cake however, is so much more artsy than a burger. Maybe because cakes are delicate, the time and precision that goes into crafting a cake is somehow more impressive to me. The bottom line is, for me, cakes are an absolute pleasure to make.”
Shanna’s cake is gluten-free, cashew-based, and free from refined sugar. This recipe is a very clear example of plant-based awesomeness that can help to keep us all excited about healthy and compassionate eating. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
I really hope you enjoy our Raw Ombre Cake, excerpted from Kiss My Bowl and perfect for anyone who wants to demonstrate to themselves that they can create artistic, decadent dishes on the fly.
Makes: 1 large cheesecake
This is a great recipe to show-off to your non-vegan friends and family members. It’s also an awesome choice for communal gatherings and events. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to a potluck where the raw-vegan cheesecake totally stole the show.
Note that preparation time is likely to be somewhere around 2 hours from beginning to end.
For a touch of visual flare, add reserves from the preparation to a piping bag and place in the fridge to harden. Once firm, pipe the designs of your choice onto the cake before setting overnight.
For the best results, it’s best to use a high speed blender to pulverize the nuts. This is important to create a smooth, creamy final product.
2 tablespoons acai powder (optional, used only for color)
First off prep a 6" spring form cake pan by rubbing solid coconut oil onto the base, then lining the sides with wax paper.
Melt the cacao butter or coconut oil for the crust in a heat-proof bowl over warm water.
Pour some more warmed water over the dates and allow to soak - this will make them easier to feel for pit fragments (pit if they're unpitted) and to blend.
While the dates are soaking, blitz the macadamias in a food processor. You're shooting for a bit of crunch so blitz to a semi fine crumb.
Add the dates to the food processor and pulse until the macadamias and the dates begin forming a paste.
Add the coconut flour, continue mixing, and then the oil.
The crust mixture should be uniform with no bits of dry coconut flour.
Press the crust mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan and place in the freezer to set.
To make the filling:
Add the soaked cashews, can of coconut cream, lemon juice and brown rice syrup to a high speed blender.
Blitz, you may need to use the toggle, until smooth and creamy.
Add the melted cacao butter and coconut oil.
Pour the cashew mixture in equal parts into four bowls.
Leave one bowl creamy white, mix 2 tablespoons of blueberry powder into one bowl, 4 tablespoons of blueberry powder into the next, and the last bowl mix in the remaining blueberry powder as well as the acai powder.
Remove the crust from the freezer, pouring in all but 2 tablespoons of the the darkest mixture onto the crust. Return to the freezer until just set (about 15-20 minutes). Leave the few extra tablespoons in the bowl for later.
Continue the process of layering each color once the one before it has set until you're left with only the creamy white layer. Use the whole bowl, do not reserve any of the creamy white unless you want creamy white stars as decoration.
Return the cake to the freezer to set for 10 minutes or so.
Remove from the freezer and place the cake in the refrigerator to set over night.
Matt Jager is a wellness activist, yogi and co-founder of True Wellth. His life mission is to transform the healthcare and food system in this country, so that every single person has access to the tools and support they need to look and feel their best, control their health, own their happiness and revolutionize their well-being.