Whipped coconut cream lifts up this dessert to amazingly light and gorgeously smooth dimensions. It is rich and fresh at the same time, rounded out with the otherworldly scents of the fresh scented geranium flowers.
1 x 400 ml (14 fl oz) can coconut milk
150 g (5¼ oz/1⅛ cup) cashew nuts
325 g (11½ oz/scant 2¼ cups) blueberries
Finely grated zest of 2 lemons
100 ml (3½ fl oz/⅓ cup plus 1 tbsp) lemon juice
110 g (4 oz/⅓ cup) raw clear honey
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
75 g (2¾ oz/⅓ cup) coconut oil
90 g (3 oz/scant ⅔ cup) pitted Medjool dates
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 vanilla pod (bean), split lengthways and seeds scraped out
70 g (2½ oz/¾ cup plus 2 tbsp) desiccated coconut
35 g (1¼ oz/¼ cup) hemp seeds
30 g (1 oz/generous 2 tbsp) coconut oil
150 g (5¼ oz/1 cup) blueberries
Scented geranium flowers or other edible flowers
The night before making this, place the can of coconut milk in the fridge. Line the base and sides of a 23 cm (9 inch) springform or loose-bottomed cake tin with baking parchment.
Soak the cashew nuts in 300 ml (10½ fl oz/1¼ cups) of filtered water with ½ tsp of Himalayan pink salt for 3–4 hours.
To make the base, in a food processor chop up the dates with the salt and vanilla seeds to form a ball-like paste. Add the coconut and hemp seeds and blitz to combine. Melt the coconut oil, add to the mix and process until everything is combined. Turn out into the prepared tin and press down to form an even base. Refrigerate.
In a blender, process 150 g (5¼ oz/1 cup) of the blueberries, the lemon zest and juice, honey and salt to form a purple juice. Drain and rinse the cashew nuts thoroughly, then add them to the blueberry juice and process until smooth.
Open the can of coconut milk and remove the cream on the top, which will have set overnight. You need 240 g (8½ oz/1 cup), so use some of the thinner milk from the bottom of the can if necessary. Whip up the coconut cream in a freestanding mixer or using an electric whisk, until smooth and thick.
Melt the coconut oil and blend it into the blueberry juice and then add everything in the blender to the whipped coconut cream. Lightly whisk everything once more until just combined. If you overmix, the cake won’t be as light as it should be. Fold in the remaining 175 g (6 oz/scant 1¼ cups) of blueberries then pour the mix over the prepared base. Refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm.
When set, demould. Decorate with blueberries and scented geranium flowers. Serve immediately. Keeps well in the fridge for up to five days.
Recipe and images extracted from Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman, photography by Lisa Linder. Published by Jacqui Small (£20).
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