Vegan Mud Cake with Cashew Icing


Cake Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups of unbleached all-purpose gluten free flour

1 cup of coconut oil, melted

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

1.5 tsp of baking powder

2.5 tsp of baking soda

1 1/4 cup of raw cacao or cocoa powder

1/3 cup of melted dark chocolate. (I used Whittakers 70% Dark Ghana)

2 tsp of vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar

1/4 tsp of salt 2 tsp of cinnamon

Icing Ingredients:

1 small beetroot - slice into small cubes (skin off)

1.5 cups of raw cashews

2 Tbsp of melted coconut oil

1.5 Tbsp of vanilla essence


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and lightly grease 2x 8 inch baking trays.
  2. Mix the coconut oil, olive oil, dark chocolate and vanilla essence in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cacao, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well.  The mixture should be think and creamy with no lumps. If the mixture is too thick, add more melted coconut oil and if the mixture is too wet add more flour or cocoa.
  4. Divide the batter and add evenly to the 2 baking trays. Place the trays in the oven.
  5. Bake for around 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool before icing.
  6. To prepare the icing, blend the cashews, coconut oil and vanilla essence in a blender or food processor.  Slowly add the beetroot until the mixture turns into a vibrant pink colour. If the mixture is too thick, add a small amount of water so it turns into a smooth and fluffy consistency.
  7. Once the cake has cooled down, frost the first layer of cake with pink icing. Add the top layer and ice generously. I sprinkled desiccated coconut over mine, alternatively dust with icing sugar or cocoa.

Everyone loves a good chocolate cake recipe so I thought I would experiment and make a chocolate cake that is vegan, therefore free of egg and dairy.  This cake is so beautifully moist, gooey and decadent.

I have used the cashew icing recipe in a few of my previous desserts but I wanted to make a vibrant pink icing for Valentines Day. I initially tried using raspberries but the icing was lumpy and didn't have a good consistency, I tried again using beetroot and it blended so well and the colour came out so beautiful.

This delectable mud cake is the perfect dessert and it is unbelievably easy to make. I made this for Valentines Day but it would be a hit for any celebration.

I served mine with a dollop of coconut yogurt but it would also be delicious with dairy free ice-cream. Store in an airtight container in the pantry. Cake should keep for 4-5 days.

Enjoy! L x