As the height of summer approaches this totes impressive cake recipe from Henrietta Inman sings with fresh summer flavours… hopefully it will take you’re mind off the crazy weather outside! The courgette keeps the sponge layers wonderfully soft as they ooze with refreshingly light lime cream and sharp raspberry jam. Finish it with edible flowers for a show-stopping birthday cake.
90g (3oz/⅔ cup) pistachio nuts, preferably activated dried
60g (2oz/½ cup) coconut flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
180g (6¼oz) courgettes (zucchini), grated
150g (5¼oz/scant ⅔ cup) natural coconut yogurt
150g (5¼oz/scant 1¼ cups) coconut sugar
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
Finely grated zest of 3 limes
15g (½oz/½ cup) basil leaves, finely chopped, plus about 4 extra leaves for scattering over the lime cream
60g (2oz/generous ¼ cup) coconut oil, melted, plus extra for greasing
Avocado lime cream
200g (7oz) avocado flesh (about 1 large avocado)
250g (8¾oz/1 cup) natural coconut yogurt
100g (3½oz/scant ½ cup) blonde coconut nectar
Finely grated zest of 1½ limes
60ml (2 fl oz/¼ cup) lime juice
80g (2¾ oz/⅓ cup plus 1 tbsp) coconut oil, melted
170g (6oz/scant ¾ cup) quick-cook raspberry jam or no added sugar high fruit content raspberry jam
Small handful chopped pistachio nuts
Edible flowers such as honeysuckle or rose
Make the avocado lime cream first as it needs time to firm up in the fridge.
1. Blend the avocado, coconut yogurt, coconut nectar, lime zest and juice in a blender until smooth. Add the coconut oil and blend until completely smooth.
2. Place in a bowl and cover the surface of the cream completely with cling film so it does not oxidise and lose its colour. Chill in the fridge for 2–3 hours to firm up.
For the cake preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 3.
1. Grease and line the base of three 23 cm (9 inch) loose-bottomed or springform cake tins with coconut oil and baking parchment. Line a small baking tray with baking parchment.
2. Spread the pistachio nuts out on the lined baking tray and toast for 5–7 minutes until just getting colour. Leave to cool then roughly chop into small pieces.
3. Sieve together the coconut flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl.
4. In a large bowl, mix together the rest of the sponge ingredients except for the oil. Add in the sieved flour mix and chopped nuts, then finally stir
in the oil.
5. Divide the mix equally between the three tins (about 300g (10½ oz) per tin). Spread the mix with a palette knife (frosting spatula) or small knife to make a thin layer.
6. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the tins and bake for another 10 minutes until the top is dark golden brown and bounces back slightly when pressed. Leave to
7. Remove from the tins and carefully peel off the baking parchment from the bottom of each sponge.
1. Spread the bottom layer of the sponge with half the jam and about a quarter of the avocado lime cream. Tear the basil leaves into small pieces and scatter half over the lime cream.
2. Top with the middle layer of sponge and repeat the process with the jam, cream and basil.
3. Carefully place on the final layer of sponge and top with the remaining cream, spreading it over the top of the cake and around the edges. Decorate with chopped pistachio nuts and edible flowers.
This cake will keep in the fridge for up to three days but it is best eaten fresh when all the flavours and colours are at their most vibrant.
Recipe and images extracted from Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman, photography by Lisa Linder. Published by Jacqui Small (£20)