Strawberry Coconut Sponge Cake (gluten-free & vegan)
Serves: 6" cake
  • 100g ground almonds (1 cup)
  • 100g oat flour (1 cup)
  • 35g buckwheat flour (1/4 cup)
  • 30g arrowroot (1/4 cup)
  • 100g coconut sugar (3/4 cup)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 lemon, zest
  • 2tbsp ground flaxseed+6tbsp water
  • 80ml coconut oil, melted (1/3 cup)
  • 120ml almond milk (1/2 cup)
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • Coconut frosting:
  • 1x 400ml can full fat coconut milk
  • 125g coconut yoghurt (1/2 cup)
  • 2tsp maple syrup
  • 250g strawberries (2 cups)
  1. Place the can of full fat coconut milk into a fridge, preferably overnight.
  2. Mix 2tbsp ground flaxseed with 6tbsp water and leave aside to gel up to make flax eggs.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan)
  4. Grease and line 2 x 6" round cake baking tin.
  5. In a large bowl whisk together ground almonds, oat flour, buckwheat flour, arrowroot, coconut sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sea salt. Whisk in lemon zest and set aside.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together flax eggs, coconut oil, almond milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Have the almond milk at room temperature so the coconut oil doesn't get solid once mixed together.
  7. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until well combined.
  8. Evenly divide the mixture between the two cake tins and level out the surface.
  9. Bake for about 25-30min or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.
  10. Remove from the oven once ready and leave to cool down for 15 min before carefully moving onto a wire rack.
  11. To make the frosting scoop the solid part of the coconut milk into a bowl, add coconut yoghurt and maple syrup and whip until smooth. Keep in a fridge until you're ready to frost the cake.
  12. Once the cakes are completely cool, place one cake onto a cake stand and spread with some coconut frosting. Thinly slice few strawberries and arrange on top of the frosting. Place the second cake on the top and using spatula frost the top and the sides of the cake.
  13. Finish the cake by arranging more strawberries on the top.
  14. Store in a fridge and enjoy!
To make oat flour blend oats in high speed blender or food processor into flour like consistency.
Recipe by Nirvana Cakery at