Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

{Gluten-Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-Free}

This {unbelievably good!} gluten-free vegan pistachio rose water cake comes to you thanks to one of your wonderful new recipe suggestions. Recently on the blog someone shared a memory of rose syrup flavored cakes from their childhood — a classic middle eastern flavor for cakes, cookies, and other baked treats. I used to live in a middle-eastern neighborhood that was filled with little Persian, Turkish, and Greek cafes and restaurants, and the simple, light, and incredibly flavorful Mediterranean desserts they made were always such a treat!

Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

With the lovely reminder from Mollie about delicious rose flavored desserts, I promptly jumped at the opportunity to create a new treat using one of my favorite flavor combos: pistachios and rose water — a flavor I got hooked on after a friend brought me {delicious!} rose flavored cookies from Morocco years ago {hmm… I should probably make those too sometime… ;) }.

I already shared a recipe for pistachio rose water cupcakes in my book in the past, but felt inspired to create something new just for the blog {and something refined sugar-free too, while I’m at it}. Don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but honestly this cake was one of the most incredible cakes I’ve ever had. If you love rose flavored desserts, I am beyond positive you’ll be a huge fan of this exotic cake! As a bonus, it’s a simple one-bowl cake that’s incredibly easy to make. So go grab some rose water and pistachios and let’s get to it ;)

Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

P.S. If you’re not familiar with rose water, don’t be deterred — it’s really not intimidating! It’s basically water that has been steeped with rose petals and is therefore infused with a wonderfully distinct flowery aroma and flavor. You can find culinary rose water in many middle eastern shops and markets, at health food shops, baking specialty shops, or online {if buying online, I recommend this brand or something similar}. Note: make sure your rose water is food grade. I once had someone I know make one of my recipes with rose essential oil instead {eek!} and it turned out tasting like inedible soap! You definitely don’t want to make that mistake ;)

Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake Recipe:

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Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}
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Makes: 9" bundt cake
 
Ingredients
Wet Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce {I used homemade}
  • 1½ cups maple syrup {or liquid sweetener of your choice}
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup non-dairy butter, melted {I used EB} {or cooking oil of your choice}
  • 2 tbsp rose water
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Dry Ingredients:
  • 2¼ cups of my gluten-free flour blend {combine 1 cup brown rice flour, ¾ cup tapioca starch, ½ cup sweet rice flour, ¾ tsp guar gum} {or, if using store-bought, I recommend Pamela's Artisan Flour Blend}
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
Fold-Ins:
  • 1 cup pistachio nuts
Optional:
  • Some coconut milk powder for dusting {or another non-dairy milk powder. Or use icing sugar if you're not opposed}
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a non-stick 9" bundt cake pan and set aside.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add in dry ingredients and mix everything thoroughly. Fold in the pistachios. Transfer the cake batter into the bundt pan. Smooth out the batter and make sure it is distributed evenly.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated oven for 40 minutes, or until a skewer inserted down the center comes out dry. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  4. Optional: dust with some coconut milk powder and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake {Refined Sugar-Free}

Happy Baking!

Audrey

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This Gluten-Free Vegan Pistachio Rose Water Cake recipe has been shared with Gluten-Free Wednesdays, WNWNW, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, Gluten-Free Fridays, Savoring Saturdays, Sweet and Savoury Sunday, and The Hearth and Soul Hop.

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