About a year ago I was very fortunate to come across Fragrant Vanilla Cake’s blog. Now I no longer have to look anywhere else whenever it is time to make a cake, each birthday celebration I will chose another one of hers to make. I have never seen another blog that has such beautifully decorated raw cakes, or such amazing combinations of flavours. I guarantee there will be something there you will like.
Usually I would go for something chocolaty, but on this occasion (my father’s birthday) it was just after Easter and I had already been stuffing myself with homemade vegan easter eggs. So I chose the Raw Rose Pomegranate Dream Cake http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/raw-rose-pomegranate-dream-cake.html.
This beautiful cake get’s it’s colour from a cup of beetroot, but you can’t taste the beetroot at all. The predominant flavours are fresh coconut (from the meat of young coconuts), and rose (from rosewater). Cardamom in the base compliments the rose and coconut perfectly, and fresh pomegranate adds a contrasting zing adding depth of flavour. The texture of the cake came out quite soft only just holding together. If you want a more firm cake you may need to add more coconut butter or keep it stored in the freezer (though keep in mind this will change the colour of the pomegranate seeds).