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Strawberry Vanilla Cake


Lena Novak - Lena’s Vegan Living
Strawberry Vanilla Cake with Cashew Cream & Homemade Jam
Vegan – Refined Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Resting Time 8 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 8


  • 3X - 7 inch spring cake form, parchment paper, brush, long sharp serrated edge knife, food processor.


  • 3 ½ cups apple sauce unsweetened
  • ¾ cup of grape seed oil or other neutral flavour oil of your choice
  • 1 1/2 tbs apple cider vinegar 1 1/2tbs
  • 1 1/2 cup Xylitol or raw coconut sugar 1 cup
  • 3 ¾ cups whole grain Spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 tbsp baking powder 1 1/2tbsp
  • 1 tbsp baking soda 1tbsp
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract 2tsp
  • ½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 2 cups cashews 2 cups presoaked for 4 to 6 hours
  • 1 cup canned coconut cream 1 cup cooled, including the coconut water
  • 1/2 cup Xylitol or Maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Blend all in the blender until smooth and place into refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
  • Fresh strawberries 1 cup washed and sliced
  • Maple Syrup ¼ cup
  • Chia 1tbs


  • Preheat the oven to 300F.
  • Cut 7inch diam circles out of parchment paper and place them on the bottom of your forms. You may brush the bottoms with oil first so the paper would sick.
  • In a bowl, mix apple sauce with oil and whisk thoroughly.
  • Add sweetener with vanilla and apple cider vinegar. Whisk thoroughly again.
  • In a separate bowl, blend flour, with rest of the ingredients.
  • Gradually keep adding dry mixture into the wet mixture while stirring, until well combined.
  • Pour mixture equally into your three forms and bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let it cool down for at least 20min.
  • Remove from the forms and carefully flip upside down on your working surface.
  • Let it cool for at least couple of hours or overnight.
  • Carefully remove the bottoms and flip back.
  • Trim the tops with long sharp serrated edge knife.
  • Cut each cake in half with same knife.
  • Apply jam, about 3tbsp on the first half and place the second half on top.
  • Apply cream, by using mini ice cream scoop, 3tbsp on top and repeat until you done.
  • Cover with cream by using spatula. You may need to apply about three layers and place the cake into a freezer for 15 minutes between each layer.
  • Decorate with strawberries and with flowers if you wish.
  • In a small pot, bring maple syrup to a boil.
  • Add strawberries and stir well.
  • Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Take it off the heat and let it cool down for 5 min.
  • Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to a bowl, add chia seeds and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover with lid and place into a refrigerator overnight.


To help you trim the cake and cut the layers evenly you may purchase Layered Slicer Cake Ring Set from Amazon, if you don't have one. 
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