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Ginger Cake

Great with that afternoon cuppa. Fortified with cashews and coconut milk. Serve with custard or soya cream to add those extra calories.

Serves: 8
Time to prepare: hr 25 mins
Time to cook: hr 35 mins
Dietary requirements: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Vegan


Dry cake ingredients

  • 160g/6oz white flour
  • 90g/3oz oat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ⅓ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg

Wet cake ingredients

  • 180g/generous 60z applesauce
  • 120g/generous 4oz canned coconut
  • 130g/4½oz maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener
  • 80g/scant 3oz dark molasses (or more of another liquid sweetener)

Icing (optional)

  • 180ml/scant ½pint plant-based milk, such as almond
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5½ tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g/4½oz cashews (soaked in boiling water for about 30 minutes, or overnight)



  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Line a small loaf tin, approximately 15 x 23 cm (6 x 9 inch) with parchment paper.
  2. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and mix with a whisk.
  3. Now add all wet ingredients and mix again with a whisk until just combined. Don't over-mix.
  4. Add to the loaf tin and bake in the over for 35 minutes or until a toothpick or sharp knife comes out clean.
  5. Let the cake cool completely.



  1. Add all the icing ingredients (except the cashews) to a saucepan. Whisk vigorously until there are no clumps. Once the mixture is completely smooth, turn on the heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Let simmer for 2 minutes - it will thicken - then turn heat off.
  3. Add the mixture and the softened cashews to a blender or food processor and mix on high until the cream is smooth.
  4. Pour the cream onto the cooled cake and spread it evenly. Place in the refrigerator overnight to set.
  5. Serve with Bird's custard made to packet instructions using a plant-based milk.


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