Things to do with Basil: Make Basil Cake

Last week, I had a vivid dream I was in my kitchen making Basil Cake.  The next morning, I created this original recipe.  My question is: Did I forsee my future of making  this delightful dessert or did I co-create my reality by re-enacting my dream?

Mind blown.

Either way, I was inspired to make this delicious dessert (dairy free!)  and I am thrilled to share my Basil Cake Recipe.

Things to do with Basil: Make Basil Cake

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Back to the cake!

Harvest 1 cup of packed Basil and enough to garnish the cake upon completely.  Rinse lightly and pat dry.  With your garnish,  place in a room temperature glass of water until ready.

TT Cutting Basil

Preheat Oven to 350 deg F.  Grease two 8” cake pans.  It helps to line the base with parchment paper.

Next, you make Basil Sugar.  Can you guess what the two ingredients are?  I knew you could!

TT Basil Sugar

In your food processor, add your herb and 1.5 cup sugar.  Pulse until finely chopped.

TT Final Basil Sugar

Next step is to make buttermilk, by  stirring together 2 cups Rice milk (or milk of choice) and 2 T white vinegar. Let sit for 1-3 minutes.  (Not interested in dairy free?  Just use regular milk!)

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While that mixture sits, whisk your Basil sugar, 2/3 cup coconut oil and 1 T vanilla together.  Add the buttermilk and whisk again until combined.

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In a large bowl, combine 2 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour, 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour, 2 tsp baking soda and  1 tsp salt.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat with a blender until smooth.  Place in oven and cook 30-35 minutes.  Remember, the cake should spring back when touched and a toothpick inserted  into the middle should come out clean. It also is helpful if you rotate your cake halfway through but I never seem to remember that step…

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When cake is done baking, let it cool 20 minutes and then invert cakes onto a cooling rack.  You have to wait another 30 minutes until cake is completely cool to frost so start making that frosting!

For the frosting, allow 1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter (if you are going dairy free) or regular butter to soften.  Combine 6 cups Powder Sugar, butter, 1/4 cup milk and 2 tsp vanilla.  Mix with beater until smooth.  You will use every bit of this frosting for this cake!

Now garnish your cake with your remaining Basil and marvel at the beauty of what you created.  Enough marveling..time to taste this bad boy.

TT Basil Cake

Go ahead…cut yourself a piece.  You deserve it!

TT Slice of Basil Cake

So whether I foresaw my future, or co-created my reality, I am just thankful it now includes Basil Cake.

 

Basil Cake

Basil Cake

Ingredients

  • For Cake:
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup packed Basil
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 T Apple Cider Vinegar or White vinegar
  • 2 cups non dairy milk of choice (I used Rice Milk)
  • 2 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For Frosting:
  • 6 cups Powder Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Butter (Can substitue butter if eating dairy)
  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350 deg F. Grease two 8” cake pans. Line the base with parchment paper.
  2. Harvest 1 packed cup fresh basil and any additional for garnish.
  3. In food processor, pulse basil and sugar until basil is finely chopped.
  4. Make Buttermilk: Combine Rice Milk and vinegar with a whisk. Let sit for 1-3 minutes
  5. Whisk Basil sugar, oil and vanilla together. Add the milk and whisk again until combined.
  6. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking soda and salt.
  7. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat with a blender until smooth.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and top of cake springs back when lightly touched.
  9. Allow to cool 20 minutes before inverting on cooling rack.
  10. Wait 30 minutes (or until cake is completely cool) before frosting.
  11. Allow Earth Balance Vegan Butter (or regular butter) to soften.
  12. Combine Powder Sugar, butter, milk and vanilla in a bow. Mix with beater until smooth.
  13. Note: If you it’s too thin for your liking and more powder sugar. If it’s too thick just add 1 tsp more milk until you find it perfect. You will use every bit of this frosting for this cake!
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