Pumpkin Cake and Coconut Sorbet

Pumpkin Cake and Coconut Sorbet

A sweet, sticky, warmly spiced cake with a satisfyingly spongey texture. This delightful recipe is vegan friendly and makes the perfect treat after the excess of the festive season.  You will need an ice cream machine to make the sorbet, and a stick blender or food processor for the cake.

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For the pumpkin purée:

  • 500g cubed pumpkin or squash
  • 150g sugar

For the pumpkin cake:

  • 225g plain flour
  • 225g dark muscovado sugar
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250g pumpkin purée
  • 125ml sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 75g coconut milk
  • 75g dried apricot, chopped

For the coconut sorbet:

  • 250g sugar
  • 200ml water
  • 400g coconut milk
  • 25ml white rum


For the pumpkin purée

Cook the pumpkin in simmering water until soft, then strain. Blend the cooked pumpkin or squash with the sugar to form a purée and set aside.

For the pumpkin cake

Preheat the oven to 160°c. Mix the flour, sugars, spices, bicarbonate of soda and salt together in a large bowl. Gradually add the pumpkin purée (leaving two tablespoons for garnish when serving) to the dry ingredients along with the sunflower oil, vanilla essence and coconut milk and then stir in the chopped apricot. Spoon the mixture into a loaf tin lined with greaseproof paper. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Check that a knife comes out clean before removing from the oven. The cake should cool completely before being removed from the tin.

For the coconut sorbet

Heat the sugar and water to a simmer while whisking, then remove from the heat. Once off the heat, mix in the coconut milk and rum. Cool and then freeze in an ice cream machine.

This recipe is courtesy of the Vegan North Cookbook which is available to buy in all good bookshops or online at www.mezepublishing.co.uk

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