Gluten- & Dairy-Free Skin Boosting Cake With Chocolate, Blueberries and Raspberries

By Valeria D.

April 27, 2020

cake, fruits, Gluten-Free, Vegan

Crave something sweet?

This is not an old-school cake that spikes your blood sugar through the ceiling... Only to come crashing down an hour later, leaving you exhausted, full of empty calories.

This is the "modern" way of making cakes. Healthy cakes. Full of skin loving nutrients — while still tasting heavenly. 

There is admittedly one downside to these cakes.

They can be rather expensive.

So if you're on a tight budget, this cake may have to wait a little bit. However, if you want a delicious, healthy and (different) cake than you're used to, then take a sneak peak at the ingredients to see if these skin benefits are something you'd love: 

Ingredients and skin benefits

Traditional cakes are without a doubt delicious, easy to make and cheap. They’re also void of any nutrients, stuffed with white sugar, white flour and nothing but a sweet-tasting calorie bomb. 

This modern cake recipe requires a little more effort, it does cost more but also brimming with health-giving nutrients, no added sugars — and can be indulged in good conscience. 

Cashews

cashew for glowing skin

​originates from Brazil is packed with minerals like magnesium, zinc, iron and phosphorous, which makes them a perfect addition for improving your skin.

Almonds

almonds for glowing skin

The Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra, who was famous for her beautiful skin, hair and body, is also said to have included almonds in both her diet and skin care regime. Almonds are rich in proteins, magnesium, fibre, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium, zinc, calcium which helps cell renewal and skin nourishment. 

Buckwheat

buckwheat for glowing skin

Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass. Instead, buckwheat is related to sorrel, knotweed, and rhubarb, which means it's gluten-free.​​​​

Dates

dates for glowing skin

Especially popular in the middle-eastern cuisine, dates have been used for thousands of years. It's a great source of vitamin C and D which will help you keep your skin smooth. *Dates is a solid choice for anti-oxidants that serves as a trusted anti-aging side-kick

Raw Cocoa powder

cocoa powder for glowing skin

Introduced to Europe by Spanish conquerors in the 16th century and quickly became popular as a health-promoting medicine. 

Cocoa polyphenols have been found to provide significant benefits for your skin. Long-term ingestion of cocoa has been shown to contribute to sun protection, skin blood circulation and improve the surface texture and hydration of your skin.

Blueberries

Blueberries for glowing skin

Rich in vitamin C which helps form collagen. Our skin relies on vitamin C as an essential nutrient, and works to help prevent skin damage caused by the sun, pollution, and smoke. Vitamin C may also improve collagen’s ability to smooth wrinkles and enhance overall skin texture.

Rasberries

rasberries for glowing skin

High in antioxidants, which can help reduce signs of aging by fighting free radicals in your body. Raspberries are also high vitamin C, which is necessary for healthy skin.

Preparation

First things first. If you've got a man, I suggest you send him out to hunt — for flowers. They're not for eating (don't tell him that) but will serve as decoration. Remember, we eat with our eyes as much as our mouths.

Sweet daisies. Solid picking, Paw! (That's actually his name)

Next, send him off with this shopping list while you enjoy a relaxing hot shower. Or if you want it done right, shop the ingredients yourself. He may forget something.

Shopping list

  • 3 cups of cashews
  • ¾ cup of raw almonds
  • ¾ cup of grated coconut
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat
  • 1 cup soft dates
  • 14 tbsp maple syrup (or almost 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa butter (or full-fat coconut milk + oil)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/4 raw cocoa powder without sugar
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk 
  • 3 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup rasberries 
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Whipping the cake together

Got all your ingredients? If so, then let's start making the cake:

Base/crust of the cake

  • ¾ cup of raw almonds
  • ¾ cup of grated coconut
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat (soaked)
  • ¾ teaspoon soft lance
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup

* How to soak buckwheat:

Wash the buckwheat well under running water and remove any bad pieces. Place the washed buckwheat in a bowl and soak in water for 6-8 hours. Rinse well under running water and dehydrate them until they're completely dry.

Optional: Add a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar. This helps further break down phytic acid which impairs the absorption of minerals.

* How to prepare the base of the cake:

Put almonds, coconut shavings in the blender. Blend until a fine crumb is obtained, add the remaining ingredients and blend again until a sticky consistency is obtained. Form with your hands at the bottom of the form.

Optimal size is 26 cm or 10 inches.

Chocolate layer

  • 1 cup of cashew soaked for 4 hours
  • ¼ Tea cup pure maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ Tea cup of cocoa butter
  • ¼ Tea cup raw cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup whole coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract

*Method of preparation

Add the cashew, salt, maple syrup, cocoa, coconut milk and vanilla extract to the blender and blend at high speed for 2 minutes to produce a smooth mixture. Add the melted cocoa butter, stirring for another 1 minute. Pour onto cake base in cake form and leave in freezer for 30 minutes or until mixture is solid.

Blueberry layer

1 cup of cashew soaked for 4 hours

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

¼ Tea cup of cocoa butter

1/2 cup blueberry

1/3 cup whole coconut milk

1 ½ tablespoon vanilla extract

*Method of preparation

Add the cashew, maple syrup, blueberries, coconut milk and vanilla extract to a blender and blend on high speed for 2 minutes until very smooth. Add the melted cocoa butter, stirring for another 1 minute. Pour over the chocolate layer and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the mixture is well browned.

Raspberry-lemon layer

  • 1 cup of cashew soaked for 4 hours
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter, grated
  • 1/2 cup raspberry
  • 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

*Method of preparation

Add the cashews, maple syrup, raspberries, coconut milk and lemon juice to a blender and blend on high speed for 2 minutes, until very smooth. Add the melted cocoa butter, stirring for another 1 minute. Pour in the raspberry layer and place in the freezer for 4 hours or until the cake is completely solid.

* For serving

Remove the cake from the freezer. Allow to thaw for about 5 minutes, then remove from cake form. Decorate with fruits and flowers.

Result

My cake doesn't take the beauty trophy of the year, but the taste? YUMMY!

Cake for healthy skin
Cake for healthy skin

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