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Carrot and Rosemary Cake with Labneh and Cacao Butter Frosting

The Beauty Chef

This delightful sweet treat is somewhere between a quick bread and a cake; it’s also pretty easy to make. Just sweet enough with a smooth, pleasantly tangy frosting—this is the perfect gluten-free afternoon pick-me-up.

Serves 12

3 ¼ cups peeled and grated carrot

1 cup grated red apple

1 ½ cups walnuts, coarsely chopped

8 Medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped

3 large eggs

⅓ cup maple syrup

¼ cup macadamia oil, plus extra for greasing

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized)

1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary

1 ½ cups almond meal

½ cup buckwheat flour

⅓ cup arrowroot

1 ½ teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

fresh rosemary leaves and flowers, to decorate

for the cacao butter frosting:

50 g (1-3/4 ounces) cacao butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

250 g (9 ounces) labneh, strained for 2 days

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Lightly grease and line a 20 x 7.5 cm (8 x 3 in) round cake tin with baking paper.

2. Combine the carrot, apple, and walnuts in a large bowl.

3. Blend the dates, eggs, maple syrup, macadamia oil, and apple cider vinegar together in a food processor, until smooth. Add to the carrot mixture along with the rosemary and stir to combine.

4. Whisk the almond meal, buckwheat flour, arrowroot, baking powder, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Add to the wet carrot mixture and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared tin.

5. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake. Remove from the oven, cover with a clean dish towel and leave in the tin for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

6. Turn out onto a rack to cool completely.

7. Once the cake has cooled, prepare the frosting. Place the cacao butter and maple syrup in a medium heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of just simmering water for 5 minutes, or until melted.

8. Whisk a large spoonful of the labneh into the cacao butter, the mixture will be very lumpy looking, like half-churned butter, but don’t panic! Remove from the heat and continue adding the labneh, whisking until smooth and creamy.

9. Spoon and spread the frosting over the cake to completely cover the top. Dust with cinnamon and decorate with rosemary sprigs.