2 Jan 2014

CASHEW CITRUS CREAM CAKE with POMEGRANATE


This was made in anticipation for the holidays. The red and white are festive colours, plus who doesn't want (raw vegan) "cheesecake" at Christmas? Only the loonies. Watch out for them...

This cake is not only beautiful, it's delicious. The cashews create a rich, filling creaminess and when paired with fresh lemon juice, oranges and sweetened naturally, the result is practically divine. Impress all the skeptics - and non skeptics alike - with this at your next holiday dinner. Don't tell 'em it's healthy, raw, vegan and gluten-free until AFTER they've licked their plates clean and asked for seconds. Trust me - they will; or else they go in the loonie bin. I'm serious. But not really. But mostly.


My motto is "do what works for you" so here's a bunch of substitution options if this recipe doesn't quite fit your diet ideals: if you don't want or can't eat cashews, you can use fresh young coconut meat instead; or avocados, or any other nuts. Hemp seeds would even work. If you don't want nuts in the crust, use oats, seeds or buckwheat groats. If you can't have coconut oil, use cacao butter. If you don't like coconut nectar, use a syrup of dates and water. Bam! Anybody can make this work for them. Hallelujah to the heavens, amiright!?

I'm pretty much done with calling raw vegan "cheesecake" by that name... I prefer cream cake now. Although the inspiration comes from cheesecake, raw vegan cream cakes are just better in every way. They taste better, they're healthy, they're better for the planet, their ingredients aren't involved in the abuse of our animal pals... there're no down sides! So I'm tired of associating them with cheesecake... from now on - my "cheesecakes" will be cream cakes. It's also less confusing this way.

I'd like to say a big, warm thank you to all you lovely people who commented on my last post and emailed me about it. I know this blog is first and foremost about raw vegan recipes; but it's very therapeutic for me to let out what's going on inside my head. What becomes equally important when I share my emotions in a public space is the responses from you, which do SO MUCH to make me feel better. So many of you can relate, and that is extremely helpful and relieving to know. I think for a lot of you, it's good to know that YOU'RE not alone either! It makes me infinitely glad to realize we're all in this together, and that we can come together over our personal selves with healthful recipes. I am blessed. All my love to you. Let's eat cake.

GRAB THE RECIPE HERE.

11 comments:

  1. This cream cake looks divine! I couldn't agree more that raw vegan cream cakes are 100 times better than any cheesecake (coming from someone who used to eat cheesecake for breakfast!). As a blogger myself I know what you mean when you say blogging is so therapeutic! Through blogging I've met such an amazing and supportive community and I think you've probably found the same :) Hope you had a fantastic new year and looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2014 - Niki x

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  2. Hippy mom says ,Happy New Year - well maybe I might go to Burning Man this year ,hope your well, cool cake, I made 2 cream cakes this month and ate them myself, ever been to Burning man well Emily you should go?

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    1. GASP TAKE ME WITH YOU TO BURNING MAAAAANN
      I've never been but MUST GO before I die

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    2. Hippy mom Says, Burning Man of course is, clothing optional, tripping optional, and bring lots of supplies and what ever else mutant vehicles and art creations you desire, when I was younger not 34 I was quite trippy mane. imagine that :}, I just made a vegan quiche and its more like a tofu casserole my kids hmm not sure what the hell I created but they put cheese on it and all was good. I suppose. Have a metallic rainbow of a day and Night.!

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    3. Hippy mom and daughter Kar made this cream cheesecake its frigin good thanks...

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  3. haha the loonies .. I agree that it's best not to tell people that what you're serving is healthy until after they've eaten it. They are much more likely to try something if they don't know it's healthy! (bizarre, isn't it??) This is fantastic and beautiful!

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  4. Looks beautiful :) I quite like the appellation 'cream cake', btw!

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  5. I totally agree with calling it a cream cake. It's hard to know when to call something a different name if it's similar to a non-vegan product. I had that debate with myself about a cashew cheese recipe of mine and ended up just calling it cheese because I knew people would recognize it. But I just wanted to call it its own name, because it's special on its own, ya know? This cake looks gorgeous as all your cheesecake/cream cakes do!! :)

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  6. I can't believe how amazing this is !!!!I'm going to make it cream cake.great site and amazing recipes, thank-you for sharing such delicious ideas !!!

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  7. Hi Emily, I would love to try this recipe, but the link doesn't work for me :( do you have a different one?
    Thanks a lot!

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