Gluten Free Vegan Sweet Potato Cake

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I wanted to try and make a healthy cake that was low in sugar, so I adapted a recipe for a sweet potato cake. The recipe was very similar to some brownies I had tried in the past that turned out really well. I felt that the cake turned out quite well – it was a little dense and dry, but that’s to be expected – but I did not love the icing. I think it was actually decent and I’m just prejudiced against avocado, but I wouldn’t make it again. The original recipe can be found here

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SWEET POTATO CAKE 

INGREDIENTS

  • ~1 kg sweet potato
  • 1 cup dates
  • ¾ cup of water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups ground almonds
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ¼ – ½ cup chocolate almond milk

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350F, and line a 9X13" pan with parchment paper.
  2. Cook sweet potato until soft. (I cut it into big chunks and used a microwave, and peeled the skin off after it had cooked.)*
  3. In a food processor, mix together the cooked sweet potato, dates, and water until it forms a creamy paste. Add in vanilla and honey. 
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, salt, almonds, and rice flour.
  5. Combine the flour mixture and the potato mixture. (I did NOT use a stand mixer since it would likely break, and I used a wooden spoon since it was the only thing sturdy enough.)
  6. Add almond milk as needed. (I found the mix to be incredibly dry, and just kept adding milk until it got to a reasonable texture.)

*Peel the skin off before cooking the sweet potato. It will save you some time and some burnt fingertips. 

ICING

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 really ripe banana
  • 6 tbsp. honey
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Peel the avocados and bananas, and cream in a food processor. 
  2. Add in honey, salt, and cocoa powder.
  3. Add milk if you want a runnier icing

Note: I had WAY too much icing from this. I think 1.5 avocados would be more than sufficient. 

To decorate the cake, I just cut the cake into 3 equalish pieces, and layered with icing and raspberries. I did some piping on the top and covered it with raspberries. Fruit is pretty magical because it can make anything look pretty.

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