Raspberry Valentine Cake

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Just because we’re on an elimination diet, it doesn’t mean we have to forego the treats altogether. It is fair to say the easier you go on them, the faster your healing but the process also involves having fun, enjoying life and putting some balance and perspective into our AIP journeys. My family have been crying out for cakes so I’ve been experimenting with gelatin as a binder instead of eggs and, believe me, not only were my husband and children delighted with this tasty offering but my daughter’s non-AIP friend happily tucked in too. Praise indeed. So, if you believe Valentine’s Day is a little bit special, here’s the perfect way to treat yourself and your loved ones!

The recipe I’m giving you is enough for two 6-inch cake pans. For the photos, however, I made a double quantity but only used three layers for the sake of gluttony (and ease of cutting). The fourth is sitting happily in my freezer!

When the time comes to ice your own cake, I recommend you take a look at this tutorial which is very straightforward and will make yours a fun project. Another tip is to wrap your cakes separately, once completely cold, and freeze them overnight. This makes them a lot easier to ice and prevents them from releasing crumbs into your beautiful frosting.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Raspberry Valentine Cake | Autoimmune-Paleo.com

4.0 from 3 reviews
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Ingredients
  • 3 large golden delicious apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Put the ingredients into a medium pan, cover with lid and cook gently for around 10 mins or until the apples are broken down.
  2. Remove the lid, turn up the heat slightly and cook a further 5 minutes to evaporate the excess liquid, being careful not to let them burn.
  3. Spoon the mixture onto a cold plate and allow to cool completely. This can be done up to three days ahead of time.

 
4.0 from 3 reviews
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  • 1 cup apple purée
  • 
1/2 cup softened palm shortening
  • ½ cup runny honey
  • 
2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 
1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 gelatin eggs, as follows:
  • 2 tablespoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons just-boiled water
Instructions
  1. Place a couple of baking sheets into the oven and preheat to 350F/180C. Line the base and sides of two 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Put the apple purée, shortening and honey into the bowl of a standing or hand mixer and combine thoroughly. The shortening will probably look a bit ‘splitty’ but that is fine. Sift in the coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Mix again until combined.
  3. Now make the gelatin eggs. Put the gelatin and lemon juice into a small bowl and mix until throughly combined. Add the boiled water and whisk quickly until the gelatin has melted and the mixture looks frothy. With the motor running, pour the gelatin eggs into the bowl and whizz again for a few seconds to fully incorporate the ‘eggs’.
  4. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins, level the surfaces and place onto the hot baking sheets. It may look a little odd as you’re scooping it out of the bowl but this is normal. Cook for one hour until lightly browned and just firm to the touch. Allow to cool in the tins completely, before transferring to a wire rack. The cakes will firm up more as they cool. Once cold, wrap up separately and keep overnight or until needed.

 
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  1. Put the first four ingredients into the bowl of a standing or hand mixer and, using the paddle attachment, mix until completely smooth.
  2. To assemble -
Following the tutorial mentioned above, put one cake layer onto a plate or stand and spread over a good amount of the frosting, not forgetting the edges. Place the other layer over the first and add the remaining frosting, covering the top and sides of the cake. Decorate with crushed freeze dried raspberries or however you like.
Notes
Coconut cream is the thick stuff that separates out at the top of a jar of coconut milk. To stay AIP-compliant, you will want to seek out a brand without thickeners or stabilizers, like this brand!

 

About Kate Jay

Kate Jay is the blogger behind Healing Family Eats, since June 2014. Diagnosed years ago as hypothyroid, she and her family were already following the GAPS diet for digestive issues when Kate noticed swelling consistent with RA (something her grandmother had severely). She set up her AIP food blog (incorporating GAPS) as motivation for making the restricted diet as exciting as possible for her children, who felt they missed out on the junk their friends took to school. Originally a classically trained chef, who freelanced with popular food magazines and event organisers in the UK, she now focuses on creating simple, nutritionally dense and balanced family meals, without compromising on flavour. Find her also on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

78 comments

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  • Jennifer Young says

    Just curious, I have cake pans but they are 9 x 1 1/2 inch. Can I just use one of these instead. Buying new cake pans seems a bit over kill for my kitchen size. The volume between the three 6 inch pans is 169.6 and two of the 9 inch is 190.8. So the batter would fit, but it might need different cooking times and temps. Can you recommend how to adjust for wider thinner cake layers?

    • Kate Jay says

      Hi Jennifer, you should be fine with one 9 inch pan and here’s what I would do. Line the pan and make sure the parchment is a little higher than the top of the pan in case the cake rises slightly above.. Cook at the same temperature and my guess is it will take the same length of time but have a quick check at 50 minutes to be on the safe side. The more things you put into an oven the longer the cooking time which is why I think your larger cake will take the same time as my two smaller ones.
      If you want to tier the cakes like I did, you will need to make another with a fresh batch of mixture, rather than doubling the mix and dividing it. Gelatin eggs will not work as successfully beyond three!
      I hope you enjoy it.

  • daena brown says

    I want to try this, but i do not have palm shortening. Can i sub coconut oil?

    • Kate Jay says

      Hi Daena, although I didn’t test it with coconut oil, you can substitute that if you like. My personal preference would be to use lard instead. I hope you enjoy your Valentine treat :)

    • Ann says

      Did the coconut oil work for you?

  • Heather says

    Where do you find freeze dried raspberries?

    • Kate Jay says

      I don’t know where you live but if you can’t find them in your usual grocery store, you can buy them in Trader Joe’s or on Amazon. Hope that helps.

  • Lisa says

    Please tell me what a gelatin egg is?

    • Kate Jay says

      Gelatin can be used as an egg replacer because it also acts as a binder. Take a look at the ingredients list and then point 3 in the recipe above which takes you through the process of making up your own ‘gelatin eggs’.

  • Lorelle says

    Great recipe, I haven’t had a treat in over 18 months so I’m looking forward to making this for Valentine’s Day. Thank you.

    • Kate Jay says

      Thanks for commenting Lorelle, it’s my pleasure to share. I hope you enjoy your cake! :)

  • Avi says

    This looks delicious. What are gelatin eggs? How do I get “gelatin eggs”?

    • Kate Jay says

      Thank you Avi. Gelatin can be used as an egg replacer because it also acts as a binder. Take a look at the ingredients list and then point 3 in the recipe above which takes you through the process of making up your own ‘gelatin eggs’.

  • Sarah says

    Wow… so two 6 inch pans, huh? I’m thinking this cake must be a lot smaller than it looks! I would still love to try making it though. Did you have to cut out round pieces of parchment paper to line the pans? I think I may use fresh raspberries, or maybe even strawberries.

    • Kate says

      Hi Sarah, the recipe is enough to fill two 6 inch pans and gives you two layers of the cake. In the wording above I mention that I made a double quantity to make a higher cake, but then used only three of the layers. And yes, I cut out round pieces of parchment paper to fit inside the pans. Fresh berries sounds delicious, I hope you enjoy!

  • Allison Filderman says

    Hello there! So the apple sauce recipe is what you use for the apple pureee? Thank you!

    Allison

    • Kate says

      Hello Allison, yes that’s correct but because everyone’s apples will be different sizes, you still need to measure out a cup worth for the recipe.

  • Holly says

    Hi, this looks fabulous and I want to make it for Valentines Day. However, I’m yeast free for the month and I’d like to substitute the honey for granulated erythritol. How would I go about doing this so I don’t mess up the recipe? Oh and I have inherited my mom’s old cake pans and on the bottom they say 8 x 1.25 . Do you think those will work? Thanks!!

  • Janel says

    I am so excited to make this for my family! We can eat every single ingredient in this recipe. Finally an SCD friendly cake without eggs!

    • Kate says

      That’s so great to hear, thanks Janel. I hope you enjoy your cake :)

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  • Christina says

    I’ve been on AIP for a few weeks and haven’t had a treat in ages. Dying to try this….I don’t think I can wait until Valentines day though ha ha! Thank you

  • Sue says

    I love this recipe, it looks and sounds delicious. I’m guessing it is ok to use real eggs. What would be the quantity of eggs? 2 or more ?
    Thanks,

  • Leslie says

    Sorry about all the ingredient questions… is coconut butter the same as Mickey’s coconut concentrate?

    • Kate says

      No problem :) . The cake was tested with the coconut butter linked in the ingredients list above but yes, it is the same as Mickey’s concentrate.

  • Jen says

    I’m wondering if I can use jarred unsweetened apple sauce instead of making the apple purée? I’m looking forward to tasting this! Thank you!

  • Diane says

    Thank you for this exciting recipe! Quick question: by runny honey, do you mean honey that has been warmed a little? Or do you just mean regular honey, not creamed? Thanks again!

    • Kate Jay says

      Hi Diane. It’s regular honey, not creamed.

  • Sarah says

    Welp, I’m a little disappointed. Put the cakes in the 350 oven and set the timer for 45 min just to be safe, and they were burned to a crisp. :( My kids have been looking forward to this all week too. Just wanted to warn others that you’ll want to watch it very carefully.

    • Kate Jay says

      Hmm, I’m sorry yours wasn’t a success. The cake was tested several times with an oven thermometer so if your oven works to temperature, you measured out the ingredients exactly and used the same diameter pans as stated in the recipe, I’m not sure what could have happened I’m afraid.

      • Sarah says

        I tried again and 40 min seems to be the magic number. But yes, all ingredients were measured out exactly and my oven was at the correct temperature. I was thinking about making this to fill a 9×13 cake pan for my daughter’s birthday cake. What do you think, would you need to double or triple it to fill a 9×13 pan?

  • Holly says

    Ok, I have one cake pan in the oven…lol… My cake pans were 8 x 2 so I just used one–so I will have a short cake. : ) I used just under 1 cup of erythritol for the cake and 1/4 cup of water. The batter was nice and sweet, maybe a little too sweet, but my husband liked the taste of it! Now, when I made the frosting and used shortening, well, it turned the frosting yellow. How did you get yours to look white? Do you have different colored palm shortening?

    • Kate Jay says

      I used Spectrum shortening and a raw clover honey. If you used the same shortening, could it be that your honey was a dark variety maybe?

      • Holly says

        Oh, I used Red Palm Shortening from Nutiva…that’s all I had. It’s bright yellow. Is the spectrum shortening white in color? I used granulated erythritol instead of honey (yeast free this month, but want to try AIP in the next month or so). The substitution you gave me for granulated erythritol worked great, except I aired more on the sweeter side for my guests and you were right, I should have just done 1/2 cup instead of 7/8 cup–I think that would be perfect! Next time!! The cake tastes so good I can’t wait to frost it today and top it with crushed raspberries!

        • Kate Jay says

          Hi Holly, ah so your yellow shortening is the reason for your yellow frosting, the one I used is almost white in colour. Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope you all enjoy the cake :)

          Btw I just want to be clear and mention to those people following Paleo and, very importantly, the AIP that your information about usage of erythritol (which is a sugar alcohol) did not come from me, or from Dr Sarah Ballantyne. In her post (http://www.thepaleomom.com/2015/01/paleo-splenda-erythritol-stevia-low-calorie-sweeteners.html) Dr Ballantyne says that the use of erythritol is not to be advised since it can be a direct cause leaky gut.

          • Holly says

            So even though my cake was yellow, it still tasted delicious and everyone loved it! My Dad had two pieces. : ) Yeah, I understand about erythritol. I’m not AIP yet–I just wanted to see what this dessert would taste like so I have something in my arsenal when I want a treat. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Jaime says

    I made this this weekend and it turned out great! I substituted Spartan apples, used 1/2 ghee, 1/2 coconut oil instead of palm shortening and I used real eggs (as Ive recently successfully reintroduced them, yay!). I also used 8 ramekins instead of a 6″ pan and baked them for 40 minutes, then sliced them in half. Frosting these tiny cakes seemed like too much work so I just layered them with coconut whipped cream and raspberries. Deelish!

  • Heather says

    I made this for Valentine’s Day with a minor change and it was delicious. I didn’t have 6 inch cake pans.. Mine were in between 6 and 9 inches. Therefore I only baked them for about 45 minutes. They appeared to be a bit dark but still tasted moist. Thanks!

  • MK says

    Wow wow wow! What a beautiful and delicious creation. I made this cake over the last few days… first the apple puree, then the cakes themselves. I put them in the freezer until I was ready to make the icing. The cakes are delicious and such a welcome treat. AIP baking is really taking my culinary skills to the next level! Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

    • Kate says

      MK you are more than welcome, thanks SO much for letting me know. :)

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  • Harriet says

    Hi, my son made this today for the arrival of his little sister, due today. He’s made the sponge so far. Can this be frozen? Or how long would it keep in the fridge? Thanks

    • Kate says

      Hi Harriet, yes the cake can be frozen. In fact in the recipe above I say that it is a good idea to freeze it in advance of icing. Take a look at the paragraph in the wording above the recipe instructions for a link to a tutorial for icing etc. Wishing you much luck with the impending arrival :)

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  • Jessica says

    Would it work to use maple syrup instead of honey? I’m hoping it will because I’d love to use this recipe for my daughter’s first birthday – she is sensitive to eggs and we haven’t introduced any grains yet – this seems like the perfect recipe to use for a smash cake for her – but I’m not quite comfortable giving her honey just yet.

    • Kate says

      Hi Jessica, yes it will fine with maple syrup. I hope you enjoy it :)

  • Kelly Holman says

    Wow, a cake without eggs or dairy or nuts! But I’m allergic to apples and lemons. Would it work to use banana in place of apple, and more water in place of the lemon juice?
    Thanks!

  • Kelly says

    Wow, a cake without eggs! I would love this for my birthday, but I’m allergic to apples and lemon. Would it work to use banana in place of the apple puree, and more water in place of the lemon juice?

    • Kate says

      Hi Kelly, yes banana would be fine I’m sure but obviously you will end up with a different cake. As for replacing the lemon juice, can you use apple cider vinegar? The acid is in the recipe to react with the baking soda and help the cake to rise.

      • Kelly says

        ACV is from apples. :o( Maybe orange juice would be acidic enough? Maybe it would have to be concentrated.

        • Kate says

          Sorry Kelly, I didn’t register the allergy to apples. Can you use wine vinegar instead? That is fine in moderation for AIP.

  • Antonia says

    Hi Kate! Love this recipe and I want to make but I can´t find any palm shortening in my country. I saw that someone ask for coconut oil for replacement, could that work? or maybe with nut butter instead?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Antonia, yes coconut oil will work. I haven’t tried it myself but others have and have had good results.
      For those following the AIP, I should mention that nuts are Stage 2 and 3 Reintroduction foods, depending on the nut.

  • marie says

    Mickey,

    Can you freeze slices of the cake once it is frosted? Thanks

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Marie,
      Yes, I have done this many times! I individually wrap them in saran wrap. Good luck!

  • marie says

    Mickey,

    Does slices of the frosted cake freeze well? Thanks

  • marie says

    Mickey,

    I’ve made the recipe before and it is definitelly a keepere. Could you freeze the frosted slices?

  • Caprice says

    I’m trying to make this recipe vegan. Can I substitute anything for the gelatin?

  • Caprice says

    My daughter is vegan and I’m AIP/Paleo. Can the gelatin be replaced with anything?

    • Although I have never tried it, you could try agar agar, though the end result may possibly give you a slightly different texture to gelatin. The instructions on the packet will guide you on how to substitute.

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    Can I sub coconut sugar for honey?

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  • Nancy B. says

    I’m looking forward to making this recipe for our next special occasion. Long ago, I bought 3 very nice 6″ cake pans because it made exactly half the recipe of my favorite (gluten) birthday cake. And we could enjoy a fancy but unhealthy cake on someone’s birthday, and then not have leftovers to eat. I haven’t used them in years. Oh boy! Another fancy cake in our future.

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  • christy says

    hi Kate,

    this looks so delicious! a quick question, please – what are those lines in front of the palm shortening measurement (and the flour)?

    is that one & one-half cups shortening? or is it 1/2 cup? thanks for the clarification

    • Kate J says

      Hi Christy, the measurements you’re referring to (for the cake) are half a cup of shortening, two-thirds of a cup of coconut flour.

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  • Emily says

    I’m about ready to frost this cake, but my frosting is rather runny, closer to a very thick sauce. I used all of the exact ingredients. Is this expected? The frosting in the photos look much better!

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