The secret behind this recipe is great-quality ingredients. I used extra virgin olive oil and honey from Fattoria La Vialla, which are now staples in my kitchen after my recent visit to this biodynamic farm in Italy. The result is a delicious, light and airy not-too-sweet cake with a nice hint of citrus. It’s perfect for a special breakfast or as an afternoon treat with a hot cup of tea (or coffee).

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CAKE (makes 1 cake of 20cm (8-inch) diameter)
  • 100g (3 3/5 oz) whole spelt flour

  • 50g (1 4/5 oz) brown rice flour

  • 50g (1 4/5 oz) buckwheat flour

  • 2 tsp lemon zest

  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce/purée

  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil from “Fattoria La Vialla”

  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp honey from “Fattoria La Vialla”

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING
  • 250g (9 oz) unsweetened coconut yogurt

  • 1 Tbsp honey from “Fattoria La Vialla”

  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • Zest of half an organic lemon

PREPARATION

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF (190ºC/170ºC fan) and brush a 20cm (8-inch) diameter cake pan with oil. Set aside.

  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl (sift the flours first) and mix well.

  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, apple purée/apple sauce and honey until well combined. Mix in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.

  4. Add the extra virgin olive oil gradually, whisking constantly, until the oil is fully incorporated.

  5. Fold in the dry ingredients gently with a spatula. Don’t over-mix.

  6. Immediately pour the batter into the cake pan, while the baking soda and powder are still active.

  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean and the top has a nice golden color.

  8. While the cake is baking, prepare the frosting. Mix the coconut yogurt with the honey, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Transfer the mixture to a pastry bag fitted with an open star piping tip.

  9. Store the frosting in the fridge until ready to use.

  10. Once the cake is baked, let it rest for a few minutes before unmolding and transferring to a cooling rack.

  11. Allow the cake to cool completely before piping the frosting on top.

  12. Decorate the cake with pomegranate seeds and fresh dill leaves.

*STORAGE: the frosted cake can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days, although it is best the day of or day after baking. Alternatively, without the frosting, the cake will keep well covered at room temperature for up to 4 days.