A slice of matcha sponge cake with strawberry frosting on a blue plate against a dark brown background
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Gluten-Free Vegan Matcha Strawberry Cake

This Gluten-Free Vegan Matcha Strawberry Cake is moist and fluffy and covered in a sweet and tangy strawberry frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword gluten-free matcha cake, vegan matcha cake, vegan matcha sponge
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 400kcal
Author Rhian Williams

Ingredients

For the strawberry frosting:

  • 400 g tin of full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam (refined sugar free if necessary)

Instructions

For the cake:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  • Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the lemon juice, maple syrup, vanilla and ground almonds
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and matcha powder
  • Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it's looking too dry
  • Transfer mixture between two small greased baking tins lined with baking paper (I used two 7inch/18cm tins) 
  • Bake in oven for around 15 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Once out the oven, immediately remove cakes from baking tins and transfer onto a wire rack to cool

For the strawberry frosting:

  • You'll need to keep your tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight for the rich creamy bit to separate from the watery bit at the bottom. Make sure it is full fat coconut milk, otherwise this separation won't happen and you won't be able to make this cream!
  • Open the tin upside down - the coconut cream will be at the bottom and you can just pour off the watery liquid (save this for adding to soups or smoothies)
  • Place the thick, creamy part into a bowl
  • Add the strawberry jam
  • Use an electric whisk (or a manual one and a lot of elbow grease) to whip up the coconut cream until light and fluffy

To decorate:

  • Once the sponges have cooled completely, place one sponge on a large plate or cake stand, and cover with half of the strawberry frosting
  • Place other sponge on top and use remaining frosting to cover the top
  • Decorate as desired
  • Tastes best eaten on the day

Notes

*The lemon juice is crucial as its acidity needs to react with the alkali bicarbonate of soda to make the sponge fluffy. If you don't want to use lemon juice, substitute with 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar instead
**You can alternatively useĀ almond flour

Nutrition

Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 81mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 0.5% | Vitamin C: 2.9% | Calcium: 12.7% | Iron: 17.1%