Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake

The soft light of dawn peaked through the frost-laced window, bestowing a rosy pink glow across the room. Before I could make my way to put the kettle on, the smell of sweetly aromatic rose and cardamom greeted me like an unraveling bloom, radiating into the world just as the morning sun rises and warms. The air already tasted sweet, spicy and slightly floral.

Cozy in the oven, this rose cardamom and blood orange loaf cake was a welcome surprise. “Good Morning!” my husband exclaimed cheerily as he poured me a cup of tea. Well caffeinated, he thought he’d surprise me by baking up one of my favorite recipes for cold, wintry mornings leading up to Valentine’s Day.

Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #glutenfree #rose #cake #veganHalf cake, half quick bread, this rose cardamom and blood orange loaf cake makes for an excellent breakfast, brunch or dessert addition to any Valentine’s Day table. Its sweet, slightly floral notes originate from a hint of dried rose petals and nuanced, spicy cardamom. In season, blood oranges contribute to a berry-like finish as part of a lush, yet lightly iced topping.

Cardamom Rose and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #rose #cardamom #bloodorange #glutenfree #quickbread

Applesauce is the hidden MVI (most valuable ingredient) in this loaf cake. Especially important in gluten-free baking, applesauce acts as a binding agent, providing a light sweetness and preventing the bake from drying out. It also pairs wonderfully with cardamom and rose flavors.

Cardamom Rose and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #rose #cardamom #bloodorange #glutenfree #quickbread

Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #glutenfree #rose #cake #vegan

Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #glutenfree #rose #cake #veganTopped with a pink, sweet-tart blood orange icing, edible rose petals and blood orange slices, this rose cardamom and blood orange loaf cake is beautiful way to say “I love you,” to your beloved or to yourself. Serve this cake on a special occasion, with a warm cup of tea.

Looking for another decadent recipe for Valentine’s Day? Try these Vegan Dark Chocolate Pot de Cremes!

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Cardamom Rose and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #rose #cardamom #bloodorange #glutenfree #quickbread

Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake

  • Author: Shannon
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp dried rose petals (culinary grade), plus more for topping
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax meal mixed with 6 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup organic, unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups 1-to-1 gluten free flour (I used this brand.)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp blood orange juice
  • blood orange slices (optional for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with a little vegan butter. Set aside.
  3. In a food processor, add the sugar and rose petals, and gently pulse until rose petals are well incorporated.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flax eggs, vanilla and applesauce. Fold ingredients to mix.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, sea salt, baking powder, baking soda and cardamom. Then add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Stir to combine. Loaf batter will be thick.
  6. Transfer the mixed batter to the loaf pan and spread evenly.
  7. Bake cardamom rose loaf cake for 50-55 minutes. (Oven temperatures may vary.) Remove from the oven and let the cake cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. After which, use a butter knife along the edges of the loaf pan and remove the cake. Continuing to cool on the loaf cake on the cooling rack until it reaches room temperature.
  8. While the loaf cake is cooling, make the blood orange frosting. In a high-speed food processor, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and blood orange juice. Whirl away until smooth and creamy.
  9. Use an icing spatula to gently spread a thin layer of the blood orange icing on top of the cooled rose cardamom loaf cake. Top the loaf cake with dried rose petals and blood orange slices for garnish.
  10. Slice and enjoy the cake with a cup of your favorite tea.

Notes

  • This recipe makes more icing than you’ll likely need. I prefer a thin layer of icing on my loaf cake, but if you like it thick, feel free to spread more on top!
  • Curious about vegan sugar options? Check out the notes section of this recipe.

Rose Cardamom and Blood Orange Loaf Cake | Recipe via Homegrown Provisions #plantbased #glutenfree #rose #cake #vegan

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    Jen | My Healthy Homemade Life

    February 11, 2018

    Oh wow!!!! What an appealing flavor combination and absolutely beautiful as all your creations are!. My mouth is watering just thinking of it! I was planning on making some homemade truffles for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day but now I think I need to try this too! I haven’t seen vegan cream cheese in my local stores. What brand do you typically use, Shannon?

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      Shannon

      February 13, 2018

      Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, Jen! Your sweet words really made my day!! Oooo! Homemade truffles sound pretty special. And I’m also happy to hear that this loaf cake may be on your Valentine’s Day menu! 

      Darn, vegan cream cheese might be hard to source. I usually use Better Than Cream Cheese by Tofutti. If you run into trouble finding it, you may wish to consider creating a simple glaze for the loaf cake. Simply stir together the powdered sugar and blood orange juice. You may have to play with the ratio a bit. If you try it, let me know how it goes for you!

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