Marfigs' Munchies

Adventures in vegan eats and feats

Greetings and good cake to you: balsamic-glazed berry & fruit cake with home-made chocolate to boot!


Hallo! Well, due to some self-inflicted poverty after the Christmas period (baking every day has a magical effect on one’s bank account, let me tell you!) I’ve been making a set standard of goodies each week which are low-cost but still nom and what not. I’ll post about that when I make fresh batches, but in the meanwhile, I decided to splash out and try out a new recipe! I’ve got a lovely job which has made me ill, but good news is now that I am respectably employed once more, I can bake like a boss.

Today’s concoction was actually for the purpose of having a subject to photograph for the club I’ve joined. In April our theme is food photography, so I’ve been beginning to test out my n00b skills in this regard. Thusly, I present:

Apple, pear, carrot and raisin cake topped with balsamic raspberry saucy business

(or, NOMS for short)

I’ve been trolling the internets for a day or two trying to find something colourful yet healthy that doesn’t require tofu or a thousand soaked cashews, so this deliciousness (from Deliciously Ella) is what was decided on. The original recipe seemed pretty nifty anyhow, but I wanted colour for the snaps, and thus the raspberry balsamic jazz atop came to be.

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For the saucy business, I just threw in approximately 1 1/2 (can make it one) cups of raspberries with 2 TBSPs of balsamic vinegar and 1 TBSP of brown sugar. Let that goodness sit and simmer on the stove for plus/minus 15 minutes and smash it about a little so there aren’t many lumps left. Place in the fridge.

Then follow the delightfully easy directions from Ella. I did make some modifications  but minor: I added 1 grated carrot and 3 tsp applesauce. I also used 1 1/2 cups oats and 1 1/2 cups ground almonds, since I just couldn’t bring myself to use 2 cups of ground almonds. Next time I’ll use even less, not because it isn’t divine, but I figure it will work out healthier if I every want to serve it to diabetes-prone guests. I also let it bake for closer to 45 to 50 minutes, just for fun, because I like my cakes nogals firm if I’m going to drizzle and smear lovely red goodness atop.

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All in all let’s just say this cake is bloody delicious and leave it at that. I really think the balsamic raspberry splash rounds off the flavours with a nice sharp edge to counter the spicy sweetness of the apple and pears and what not.

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The first thing I did when I finished the slice was look at the watch to try work out when next it would be appropriate to have another slice. That good.

And of course, while I was waiting for that to bake, I quickly made some dark chocolate with ginger, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. This is pretty much always in my freezer, because it’s easy, cheaper than Lindt, and…dare I say it? better than Lindt!

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Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

3 thoughts on “Greetings and good cake to you: balsamic-glazed berry & fruit cake with home-made chocolate to boot!

  1. This looks so delicious! The berry topping sounds amazing and is really eye catching.


  2. Pingback: Baby shower munchies: baby carrots in a blanket, apple-pear cake, and wrapped falafel bites | marfigs

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