Strawberry Pistachio Layer Cake (gluten-free & vegan)
Serves: 6" three layer cake
  • 50g ground almonds (1/2 cup)
  • 50g ground pistachios (1/2 cup)
  • 70g brown rice flour (1/2 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
  • ½ lemon, zest
  • 2tbsp ground flaxseed+6tbsp water
  • 80ml olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • 150ml almond milk (1/2 cup+2tbsp)
  • 1tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • Strawberry chia jam:
  • 150g strawberries (1 cup, sliced)
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • ½tbsp maple syrup
  • 1½tbsp chia seeds
  • Frosting:
  • 350g coconut yoghurt (1½cup)
  • Topping:
  • strawberries
  • chopped pistachios
  • fresh flowers
  1. Mix 2tbsp ground flaxseed with 6tbsp water and set aside to thicken.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350F)
  3. Grease and line 6" round cake baking tin.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together ground almonds, ground pistachios, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, arrowroot, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and sea salt. Whisk in lemon zest and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together flax eggs, olive oil, almond milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla.
  6. Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until well combined. You should have pourable muffin consistency.
  7. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and level out the surface.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a cocktail stick comes out with just few crumbs left on.
  9. Remove from the oven and leave to cool down for 20 minutes before carefully moving onto a wire rack.
  10. To make the strawberry chia jam place strawberries, lemon juice and maple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth. Place into a glass jar, stir in chia seeds and place into a fridge to set.
  11. Once the cake is completely cool, very carefully slice into three layers. I use a cake cutter. Be careful as gluten-free vegan cakes are more fragile. It's best to use something flat to transfer the individual layers.
  12. Whisk the coconut yoghurt.
  13. Place the bottom layer onto a cake stand, spread half strawberry chia jam on top and top with generous layer of coconut yoghurt. Repeat with the second layer. Place the last layer on top.
  14. Using spatula frost the top of the cake. Once the strawberry jam and yoghurt run out the sides, use a spatula to smooth it around the sides. Add more coconut yoghurt where needed.
  15. Just before serving decorate the cake with some fresh flowers or strawberries and chopped pistachios.
  16. Enjoy!
  17. Will keep in fridge for up to 3 days.
If you like to use coconut oil instead of olive oil, make sure the almond milk is at room temperature before whisking.
You can replace the buckwheat flour with 50g oat flour (1/2 cup).
I've used one 6" cake tin, but if you like you can use two and make a two layer cake or use three tins to save yourself cutting the cake. Adjust the baking time accordingly.
Recipe by Nirvana Cakery at