This is incredibly good and super easy to make. It’s also completely decadent and pure indulgence. It’s made of some of my favourite, and in my opinion, finest ingredients, and I would like to think healthy, but hey who am I kidding? Sugar is sugar, no matter how it appears, so just enjoy it for what it is. It also makes a wonderful gift so cut it up into slices and place in a box and surprise someone. This keeps incredibly well in the fridge for at least 2 weeks, and it freezes well too if you want to make it in advance and then defrost the night before you need it. The dates are a key ingredient here. Medjool dates are super soft and blend to a creamy paste very easily. If you can’t get hold of them or would prefer a cheaper option, I do find that most other dates available in the supermarket can be very hard, so I leave them to soak for an hour or so in water, before draining them and then blending. For best results you’ll need a good blender, but I have gotten away with a hand blender on many occasions.
You’ll need a small spring form tin about 20 cm in diameter.
Serves 10 – 12
For the base:
300 g Cashews
70 g Coconut Oil, melted
20 g Cocoa Powder
2 Tsp Maple Syrup
Good pinch of Salt
For the filling:
370 g Medjool Dates
50 g Coconut Oil, melted
1 / 2 Tsp Salt
Extra Cashews, Fleur de sel and Coconut Flakes to serve
Line the base of the tin with a piece of baking paper. Grind the cashews to a fine flour using a high powered blender, then add the coconut oil, cocoa powder, maple syrup and a good pinch of salt, and mix until it has all come together. Press the cashew dough in to the tin, making sure it is an even and smooth layer. Place in the freezer, if you have one, or fridge to firm up.
Meanwhile make the filling by blending the dates with the coconut oil and salt. Taste, and if desired add more salt. Spread evenly over the cashew base and leave in the fridge to firm up for several hours, or best over night. Slide a thin knife around the sides of the tin and carefully remove. Slide the cake on to a serving plate or board and decorate with edible flowers, a little fleur de sel, and coconut flakes.
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