Marfigs' Munchies

Adventures in vegan eats and feats

Are you sick of lemons yet? Nay! Lemon cake bars with beet cashew frosting


Ok, you’re probably rolling your eyes at me, but I just love these fresh ingredients! Lemons, cashews, beet, poppy seeds…what better combination! To top it off, I finally found some fresh blackberries in the shops (though strawberries are apparently out of season now *sulk*) and simply had to devour them…in cake bar form. πŸ˜€

I used the base of the lemon poppy loaf I made the other day based on Rachel in Veganland‘s awesomepants recipe, with some mods to that. I’m going to list the mods here and the new ones which replaced the old version.

  • This time round I left out the soaking of poppy seeds, since I used 1/4 cup milled poppy seeds instead as part of the 1.5 cups of flour, with another 1/4 cup nutty wheat and 1 cup fine rye flour.
  • I used the applesauce instead of the oil, as I did last time, with another 1/4 cup passion fruit juice (a few drops of concentrate with the rest water). This really spruces up the flour, makes it look really fluffy and light.
  • 1 TBSP custard powder mixed with 1 TBSP soy milk, along with 1/2 tsp vanilla essence and 1/2 tsp rosewater (for kicks!)
  • 1/2 a cup of blackberries (the rest are going straight into my mouth, raw and glorious!
  • Again, after baking for 30-35 minutes I poked holes everywhere and poured a light glaze of 2 TBSP icing sugar + 2 TBSP soy milk + 2 TBSP lemon juice, just to soak and make it lovely squishy inside.

Makes 16 bars! More than enough for all one’s nommy needs!

On the top I used the rest of the beet cashew cream frosting I used yesterday – om nom!


This beet-date-cashew frosting is really delicious – and there is *still* some left over! I’ve decided that the only decent thing to do is to eat the rest with a spoon, or perhaps to freeze it as a delicious ice-cream. Wasting is food abuse. Yes.



Our little kitsy! He was very curious to see Man-thing in the kitchen, watching his every move. The minute Man-thing stopped to taste a bar he sprung down and started meowing for his share, which he didn’t get. Cue sulk of note. πŸ˜€

Anyway, this post is short and sweet. Busy planning and prepping for the Christmas flurry of gift creation – sterilizing bottles, washing out containers…glargh! Still, can’t wait for it to all be done and to hopefully bring a little cheer to the stomachs of our guinea pigs! I also managed to (finally) bake some almond-flaked banana bran muffins for the gardeners who work in premises to go along with a holiday envelope/card. They really are rather sweet, watering our dirt ground, watering our scraggly few plants. Alas, gardening is next year’s project – almost as expensive as baking!

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!

6 thoughts on “Are you sick of lemons yet? Nay! Lemon cake bars with beet cashew frosting

  1. Oh yum!! These look divine – and I can imagine the cashew frosting must taste delicious! What a creative recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could discover yours – really love it!! Beautiful photography and lovely recipes!!


    • Thank you! It is delicious – I ended up eating it just like that out of the tupperware for the next few days πŸ˜€ I was so giddy yesterday about all the shiny on your blog I didn’t know where to start commenting, but I love the freshness of it all – especially your pea cheesecake cups – absolutely going to make those!


      • Haha, I can imagine!! I will be making this soon…hoepfully this weekend! πŸ˜‰
        And aw, thank you so much for your kind words! we’ll be in touch and I look forward to inspiring each other! πŸ˜‰


        • Let me know how it turns out! Very curious πŸ˜€ And yes, synergy is grand! πŸ™‚ I love being inspired in new ways each day – it’s why I subscribe to so many blogs but also why I try train myself to catch onto new and exciting elements in the world outside the kitchen that can be influential to my food and my being. πŸ™‚


  2. What a sweet kitty! Thanks again for the mention–your version of my cake looks divine! πŸ™‚


    • He looks sweet but it’s all a ploy for more food! It’s such an awesome recipe – can’t help myself – hopefully my family doesn’t get too sick of lemon poppy cake every second day πŸ˜‰


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