autumn cake with honey cream cheese frosting

Although the temperatures remain beautifully in the 70’s, the leaves are turning and there’s no denying that autumn is here.  The harvest is still going strong at the farm, and we will continue to pack CSA shares weekly until the middle of November.

This cake is a bit lengthy in terms of ingredients, but calls for a nice variety of those end of summer/beginning of fall treasures at the farmer’s market.  It’s gluten free, and the use of almond flour provides a dense, nutty nuance.

I have made this cake as a single layer (more of a snack-type cake) with frosting or, alternatively, the filling as the frosting.

autumn cake with honey cream cheese frosting 

for the cake (makes 2 9-inch layers):

6 cups almond flour

3 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cardamom

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup melted butter or olive oil

3 tsp vanilla extract

6 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups grated carrot

2 cups grated zucchini

2 cups chopped apple

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 9-inch cake pans.  In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.  In a separate large bowl, mix together remaining ingredients.  Slowly add dry ingredients to the bowl with wet ingredients and incorporate until completely mixed.  Pour half of the batter into each of the prepared cake pans.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

for the filling:

2 Medjool dates, pitted

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup apple cider

2 Tbsp honey

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.  Spread between layers of cake or, if making a single layer, use as frosting.

honey cream frosting (you can double this recipe if you would like to frost the sides of your cake as well):

1 8-ounce pkg cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup honey (or more to taste)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Beat together until light and fluffy.  Frost top of cake.

Add 1/3 cup chopped pistachios or walnuts to the top of your cake.


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