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(FREE) Red Velvet Cake (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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Red Velvet Cake

Light & Moist Textured Raw Gluten-free Red Velvet Cake topped with fresh strawberry slices

First of all, I want to thank Kay, who presented me with a challenge, to create a red velvet cake for her upcoming birthday celebration.  Happy Birthday Kay and many many blessings!

Let’s jump right in!

I just love the light and moist texture of this cake it is a wonderful contrast to most raw cakes which can be heavy and dense.  Variety is good!  Here’s the scoopy-doop when it comes to the end texture and moisture of this cake. Please read throughly because I am sharing all my tricks and experience with you.  There is much to be learned.

Almond pulp…

Every batch of pulp will differ in moisture.  This depends on how much of the milk you are able to squeeze from the nut bag.   Therefore, you may need to adjust the amount liquids being used in pulp recipes.  If it is really dry feeling, more moisture may need to be added.  Or if the pulp is really wet, less moisture would probably be necessary.

It is also best to make sure that the pulp is unflavored and that is a step that has to be taken when creating almond milk.  There is a link below that you can click on to learn more about this process if you are unfamiliar with it.  BUT should your pulp already have small hints of sweetness to it, not to worry… I doubt it would be enough to effect the outcome of this cake.  I don’t recommend any substitutions for the almond pulp.  It is the key ingredient that helped me to create a light and airy cake batter.

Red Velvet Beets…

Another key component to this cake is the beets.  I used whole, pureed beets rather than just the juice and for a good reason.  I tend to find that if I use just beet juice in cheesecake or cake, it causes the color to be “pretty in pink”.  Nothing wrong with that if you want the dessert to be pink.  But for a red velvet cake, I needed a RED color and that prompted me to use the whole beet. Now, I know what you are thinking, use red food dye…. not on my watch.  For the standard, baked Red Velvet Cake… bakers use 1 full bottle of #40 red food coloring!  Want to read some stuff that will cause you to toss your food colorings?  Google some more if you wish to educate yourself more on the matter. Yes, there some “natural” dye colors on the store shelves but I don’t have much luck with those when I want a really strong color.

Sweet Baby Beets…

I know what you are thinking… “Amie Sue I REALLY dislike beets!”  I know I know… but I am going to ask you to put a little faith in me and just give this cake a try.  Why do I feel so confident?  Because I am married to a man who when asked what foods he doesn’t like… He always says “BEETS”  with the most wrinkled up, disgusted look on his face.  Not only does the tone of his voice tell all so does his the way he holds his body when he even just thinks about them.  All this to say… that he enjoyed every bite of this cake that passed between his lips.  Tip of the day… look for small beets, don’t use large woody ones.  The small ones are sweeter in taste and we need all the help we can get to avoid the beet flavor from shining through.

Raw Cacao Butter

This is always an interesting ingredient for me to work with.  The best way to melt raw cacao butter is to grate it into uniform-sized pieces.  This speeds up the melting process and helps it to all melt at the same time.  The part that makes it interesting to me is the fact that I have a lot of electricity in my body and it always causes the tiny flakes of cacao to literally jump out of the measuring cup and onto everything within the surrounding area.  Worse than even packing peanuts, lol  I tried to take a picture of the process for you but I will be darned if the stuff didn’t jump from the bowl onto my iPhone. Seriously!  Down right entertains me when I “cook” with it.

I don’t recommend skipping this ingredient either.  It helps with the chocolate flavor (without effecting the color) and with the texture since it firms up a bit when chilled.

Light & Velvety Raw Gluten-free Red Velvet Cake topped with fresh strawberry slices, great for eventsIngredients:

Yields 8″ round double layer cake

Cake:

  • 2 cups (280 g) raw red beet, pureed
  • 2 cups packed (472 g) Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp raw agave
  • 3 Tbsp (40 g) raw cacao butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 4 cups moist, packed almond pulp

Decoration:

Preparation:

Cake:

  1. Beets:  Wash, dry and peel the beets.  I used a potato peeler to easily remove the skins. Cut the ends off and rough chop 2 cups worth.
    • Place the beets in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until they are fully broken down to a small crumble.
  2. Add the dates and agave. Open the lid of the food processor and scrape down the sides, then place the dates around the perimeter of the bowl.
    • If the dates are really dry, I recommend warming them up by placing them in the dehydrator at 145 degrees for roughly 15 minutes.
    • I normally recommend re-hydating them in water but I don’t want the excess water to effect the outcome of the cake texture.Delicious Velvety Raw Gluten-free Red Velvet Cake topped with fresh strawberry slices
  3. Add the melted cacao butter, lemon juice and vanilla.  Process to a paste-like texture.
    • To melt the cacao butter, grate the pieces into a bowl that can be placed in the dehydrator so it can melt.
    • By grating the butter, it will melt quicker because it is all the same size.
  4. Add the cacao powder and salt.  Process to a paste-like texture then transfer the batter to a large bowl.
  5. Add the almond pulp and mix well with your hands.
    • I recommend gloves if you have them so the beets don’t stain your hands. :)
    • Using your hands is the best way to ensure that everything gets well mixed!
    • I don’t recommend any substitutions for the pulp… it is what helps to make this cake as amazing as it is.
  6. Line the base of a Spring form pan and press 1/2 of the batter into the pan, evenly and firmly.
    • Take a paper towel and clean the edges of the inside of the pan.  If red cake batter bits are stuck to the edge and you add the white frosting, it will mark up the frosting.
  7. Make the frosting… I will wait for you…
  8. Pour 2 cups worth of frosting over the cake.
    • Spread evenly, then take a paper towel and clean the edges of the pan.
    • Place in the fridge to chill until the frosting is firm to the touch.  This can take several hours.
  9. Once the frosting is firm, take the rest of the cake batter and loosely drop it around the pan, then gently press in down evenly around the pan.  This will cause the least amount of disturbance to the frosting layer.
  10. Now place the whole cake in the freezer.  It needs to be frozen in order to do the first layer of frosting which is called the “crumb layer.”
  11. With the cake now frozen, take an off-set spatula and spread a thin coat of frosting on the top and sides of the cake.
    • Don’t worry if you disturb the cake and get a few crumbs in it.  We will be covering over it.
    • To learn about frosting a cake, please click (here).

Amazing looking, great tasting Velvety Raw Gluten-free Red Velvet Cake topped with fresh strawberry slicesPetal technique:

  1. The Petal Technique uses a round tip in your piping bag and a small spatula or small spoon to create the effect.  It’s a simple process, just time-consuming.  It took me 30 minutes to do this cake.
  2. Pipe a vertical line of icing dots.
  3. Place the off-set spatula or a small spoon tip  in the middle of the dot, press down and drag.
    • I am a lefty, so I naturally drag the spoon to the left… if it is more natural for you to go to the right, then do so.
  4. Continue around the cake, one vertical row at a time.  This will take a little time but it is well worth it!
    • If the frosting starts to get to warm in the piping bag (due to room temp or the warmth of your hand) return it to the fridge to set up a bit.  I didn’t have to do this, but I can see where it might be needed if the climate or room temp is warmer than 70 degrees (F).
  5. On the very last row, don’t spread the dot as far as the  other rows.  Make sure that this last row is on the back of the cake, though it isn’t to noticeable.

Decorate:

  1. I ran out of frosting as you will see in a photo down below… strawberries to the rescue!  That was my ultimate plan from the get-go so it all worked out perfectly.
  2. Remove the green stems from the strawberries and cut into thin slices.
  3. Create a circle of sliced strawberries, working from the outside in.  Slightly overlapping till you reach the center.
  4. Poke mint leaves within the strawberries and smile at your creation.
  5. Serve the cake when it is thawed to get the most of the texture and flavor.

Tips:

  • Feel free to just swirl in the frosting on if you don’t want to do the petal technique… but I encourage you to try it, you will amaze and impress yourself, (not to mention everyone else!).
  • Take pictures!
  • When done taking pictures, CAREFULLY carry it to the table.  As I was doing this, I sneezed… my head went one direction to miss the cake and the cake went the opposite direction to miss the sneeze… my cake slide off the holder and plopped onto the bench of our kitchen table with a loud thud.  This step is optional, don’t recommend it, but hey… if you are looking for something to test your character, go for it. lol  *slaps forehead*…. OY-VEY!  I looked at my smashed cake, threw my hands in the air and looked to the sky… “NOOOOOOO!”   I think every cow within 10 miles around us heard me.  Then I just had to laugh.  When I first met Bob, I asked him what he did or said whenever he stubbed his big toe (to me, this tells me a lot about a person).  Well, this is how I respond when cakes go a-flying! lol  How would you respond?

 

Now that you know what it looks like… let me show you how to make it.

Looking inside of a Velvety Raw Gluten-free Red Velvet Cake

Weighing out the beets….

Weighing out the beets....

This is the texture of the beets after I processed them.

This is the texture of the beets after I processed them

Weighing out the pitted Medjool dates…

Weighing out the pitted Medjool dates

This is the texture after blending everything but the pulp it in.

The texture after blending everything but the pulp it in

Divide the batter and press one section in the base of the pan.

Divide the batter and press one section in the base of the pan

Pour 2 cups of liquid frosting on top and chill for a few hours.

Pour 2 cups of liquid frosting on top and chill for a few hours

After the surface hardens, add the remaining cake batter on top.

I used a measuring cup to smooth the surface.

After the surface hardens, add the remaining cake batter on top

Place in the freezer to harden the cake so you can frost it.

Either frost as you would a typical cake or do a thin “crumb

coat” layer before doing the petal technique.

Place in the freezer to harden the cake so you can frost it

Load the piping bag.

Load the piping bag

Create a row of frosting dots, starting from the top to the bottom.

Create a row of frosting dots, starting from the top to the bottom

Use the tip of a very small spoon to drag the frosting out.

Practice this on a cutting board before doing it on the cake.

Use the tip of a very small spoon to drag the frosting out

After you complete each row, make another row of dots, repeat…

After you complete each row, make another row of dots, repeat

I started to create petals of the top the cake…

create petals of the top the cake

But ran out of frosting! hehe As you can see.

 ran out of frosting, that's ok

Strawberries to the rescue!

Strawberries to the rescue

For me the scariest part… cutting the cake. :) Please read the link

above on how to cut a cake, making clean lines.

cutting the cake

Yummy Smooth Raw Red Velvet Cake topped with fresh strawberries

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20 thoughts on “(FREE) Red Velvet Cake (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. Nancy says:

    Wow! Just wow! :-) I’m planning on making this cake for my boyfriend’s birthday. One question about the icing. Can I substitute the sunflower lecithin with psyllium husk? I’m afraid to just leave out the lecithin :-)

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Nancy,

      Personally, I wouldn’t but it might work (haven’t tested it). Lecithin is an emulsifier and thickener whereas psyllium is just a thickener… it can sometimes give a recipe a gummy texture if not careful. I hope your boyfriend enjoys the cake. Keep me posted. Blessings, amie sue

  2. Sara says:

    I am just blown away with your work! I truly admire you and I want to thank you for such a great collection of recipes.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Sara… I appreciate your kind words. I hope you enjoy some of the recipes and stay in touch. Blessings, amie sue

  3. Kay says:

    One my test run, I substituted Udo’s oil for the sunflower lecithin (it was all I had on hand) and my icing turned out wonderful! And just so you know, this cake does travel well if kept refrigerated. I placed on platter and put on the very top of ice chest and icing in separate container. I iced once I arrived to my vaca destination and enjoyed immensely! Can’t wait to make for my actual birthday:) Since it was created for me:) Thank you Aime Sue

    • amie-sue says:

      That is great Kay… I really appreciate you coming back to comment and share your experience. :) Always good to do a test run so you know what to expect. Have a blessed weekend, amie sue

  4. Nancy Lober says:

    Hi,
    I’m making this now ,so far so good ,have not done the frosting and decorating yet.How long can the cake be left in freezer?
    Also my cake doesn’t look as high as yours, can you share what pan you used?
    One thing I wasn’t sure between pouring in the first layer of frosting do you just leave the rest of the cake batter at room temp.?
    Thank you ,you are inspiring!
    Nancy

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Nancy…. let’s see if I can clarify things for you :)

      Q: How long can the cake be left in freezer?
      A: A month if well sealed and protected. :)

      Q: Also my cake doesn’t look as high as yours, can you share what pan you used?
      A: My pan is 8 x 3 1/2″

      Q: One thing I wasn’t sure between pouring in the first layer of frosting do you just leave the rest of the cake batter at room temp.?
      A: You can leave it at room temp or place in the fridge. Keep it covered so it doesn’t get dry.

      Hope this all helps. So happy that you are giving this cake a try! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out. Kitchen blessings, amie sue

  5. Eva says:

    This is the fantastic Amie! You’re a real raw master chef! Thank you for your work! Eva

  6. Bambinola says:

    amazing!!!!

  7. pennyhopp@bell.net says:

    Hi, it’s Penny Hopp. Well, your cake is beyond fabulous so I’d like to give it a try. First of all, my normal round cake pans are only 2 inches high, I also have a pan that’s 7 inches across and 2.5 inches high….so neither are the right size. You pan is taller than I’ve ever seen, can you share where you bought it, maybe I can order it on line? Thanks SO much for everything you share with us😘

  8. gracefulheather says:

    I made this cake for my daughter’s and my birthday party (we share a birthday!) back in September. It was a hit! The cake was moist and delicious and the frosting divine! I was so eager to try the petal effect, but alas, I didn’t make it thick enough and it didn’t set firm enough to hold up. It was also still hot here in the California valley so my kitchen was less than accommodating! The flavor and body of the frosting was still great though and I made up for the decoration with fresh sliced strawberries. Thanks, Amie Sue!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Gracefulheather,

      What a wonderful blessing that you and your daughter share the same birthday! What an awesome birthday gift that you gave yourself. hehe So happy to hear that you enjoy this recipe. I find it so beautiful to look at and I love how cake-like it is. I am touched that I was able to be a part of the celebration. :)

      Frosting can sometimes be tricky specially in warm weather climates. I find that I have to put the frosting in the freezer until it hits that right texture to pipe with. Or I will freeze it for 1-2 hours, after making it, then transfer to the fridge overnight. But in the end, it sounds like the cake was still a hit. Awesome!

      Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day, amie sue

  9. Ashley says:

    Hi Amie-Sue,

    Thank you so much for sharing such a brilliant recipe! I am definitely going to try this out as soon as I can!

    I was just wondering, as I usually make raw cheesecake that rely on being frozen to stay set – with this cake, can I take it along to a birthday party and it sit at room temperature for a few hours? Or would it completely fall apart? I live in Australia and my frozen cheesecakes only last literally 5 minutes before turning to mush.

    Thanks in advance from me and my family’s tummies!!

    Ash

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Ashley.

      You’re welcome. :) When I have made this cake, it has help up for at least 4 hours (maybe longer) on the countertop. Our house usually sits at 68-70 degrees (F). I am not sure what your house temps are but you can judge it based off of what I shared. Please keep me posted on how it goes. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Blessings, amie sue

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