And so it’s here, my 100th blog post. I can hardly believe I’ve written that many recipes and have taken so many pictures. It’s been only just over a year when I started this online adventure that has become such an important part of my Life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your Love and support and for coming back to this little corner of my world.
And to celebrate all this joy I’ve got a lovely celebration cake for you covered with beautiful coconut frosting and topped with fresh strawberries. Hope that sounds good?
This strawberry coconut sponge cake is a 6″cake, which I think is just perfect for a little celebration. I’ve kept the flavours fairly simple with almonds, lemon zest, coconut frosting and strawberries.
I’ve made the sponge twice to get the right moist spongy cake I was hoping for. I’ve used almond, oat, buckwheat and arrowroot flour to get the right mix and flax eggs to bind the mix together. If you can’t tolerate oats you could replace the oat flour with rice flour instead.
The frosting is super simple, easy and with no refined sugar tastes absolutely beautiful. I don’t like coconut cream frosting on it’s own and the addition of coconut yogurt completely transforms it into luscious delicious frosting. You can top the cake with any seasonal fruit, edible flowers, nuts, coconut flakes, anything you fancy. Enjoy:)
Strawberry Coconut Sponge Cake (gluten-free & vegan)
- 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
- 1x 400ml can full fat coconut milk
- 125g coconut yoghurt (1/2 cup)
- 2tsp maple syrup
- 250g strawberries (2 cups)
- Place the can of full fat coconut milk into a fridge, preferably overnight.
- Mix 2tbsp ground flaxseed with 6tbsp water and leave aside to gel up to make flax eggs.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan)
- Grease and line 2 x 6" round cake baking tin.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add the wet mix to the dry mix and mix until well combined.
- Evenly divide the mixture between the two cake tins and level out the surface.
- Bake for about 25-30min or until a cocktail stick comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven once ready and leave to cool down for 15 min before carefully moving onto a wire rack.
- 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.
- 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.
- Finish the cake by arranging more strawberries on the top.
- Store in a fridge and enjoy!
To make oat flour blend oats in high speed blender or food processor into flour like consistency.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Stunning!! I love that you used the coconut yogurt in the frosting! One of my favorite things :) Such a lovely spring cake and so celebratory for 100 posts! Woohoo!
Thank you so much Rebecca! You’ve got to love coconut yoghurt, it gives a lovely freshness to the frosting and works so beautifully with the strawberries.
by ” flax eggs” you mean the jelly like consistence of flaxseeds flour combined with water, is that so? Thank you; your recipes are a joy! I have just joined your newsletter!
Hi Ella, yes, that’s exactly that. Thank you so much for joining my newsletter, I’m so happy to have you here!
Sasha | Eat Love Eat says
Stunning :) and so so clever! Happy 100th post, Hana!
Thank you so much Sasha! I can hardly believe it’s already my 100th post:)
Hey Hana, it’s been such a joy watching your blog grow… or should we stay seasonal and say blossom? :-) Your wonderful wholesome recipes and beautiful food photography have cheered me up so much over recent months. Happy 100th post from your old friend across the road too :-) This was the perfect cake for the hottest day of the year so far! Txx
Teresa, thank you so much for your beautiful comment! Thank you for enjoying this journey with me and for all of your love and support. Soon there will be 200th! Love Hxx
Michelle @ The Last Food Blog says
Absolutely gorgeous Hana! Congratulations on your 100th post, hears to the next 100 :-)
Thank you so much Michelle! I can’t wait for the next 100, I’m absolutely loving it! x
Helen @ family-friends-food.com says
That is so beautiful! And some of my favourite flavours too. Just gorgeous.
Thank you so much Helen and thank you for visiting my blog!
Inspiring! The cake and the accomplishment. Congratulations!
Thank you so much Lynne! I’m having the most amazing time doing what I love and am so grateful to have found it:)
valentina | sweet kabocha says
Hi, sweetie! Do you have any photo of the slice of this cake? An ugly one, shot in a bad light, just to see the sponge, would be ok too!
Hi Valentina, just checked through my pics, looks like I didn’t take any, I’m really sorry. It’s a really moist sponge if that helps. x
We are not gluten free, can we substitute regular flour? If so, would I just replace the first four ingredients with all purpose flour? Can’t wait to try this recipe – beautiful blog!
Thank you Veronica. Yes, you can substitute the first four, or use ground almonds and substitute the three after. Gluten-free flours absorb more liquid, so you might need little less almond milk. A friend of mine regularly substitutes my recipes with spelt flour and they always work well for her. Hope it goes well :)
So happy you think so! Thank you :)
Hi! Can I use all oat flour? They look amazing by the way <3
Hi Georgina, you can substitute the buckwheat flour with oat flour, possibly even the arrowroot if you don’t have any.
This recipe looks delicious!! Is there anything I can use instead of oat flour though as unfortunately I’m unable to have oats.
Hi Shazia, I’ve just posted a recipe for a Strawberry Elderflower Layer Cake that I would recommend making instead. Just swap the elderflower cordial with extra almond milk. It’s a lovely light sponge and doesn’t have oat flour. You can follow the rest of the recipe as is. Hope you like it :)
Thanks so much Hana!! Cakes look divineeee.. honestly the best gluten free dairy free and refined sugar free ones I’ve come across!
Keep it up:)
You’re so welcome Shaz! Your comment just made me very happy! xxx