Our next recipe this week for Valentine’s, comes from the very talented mum of three Lizzie King. Founder of Vitalove frozen baby food and the lady behind Lizze Loves Healthy. You must visit her site. It’s full of great recipes, lots of gluten and sugar free goodness you and the kids will love. Also follow @lizzieloveshealthy on instagram for daily tips and recipes.
Vanilla Berry Cream Cake
A delcious, totally healthy revamp of a classic Victoria sponge.
This is a fabulous celebration cake and looks the part for any occasion, as well as dinner parties and afternoon tea! It was invented for a girl who doesn’t like cake – but is wild about berries and cream – this was a breakthrough!
Honey is a delicate and delicious addition in sponge and with some vanilla cream, and tons of fresh fruit is way sweet enough.
250g (GF) Self-Raising Flour
250g Butter (Coconut Oil)
1 ½ tsp Baking Powder
1 tbsp Vanilla
4 tbsp Raw Honey
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 pot 285ml Double Cream (coconut Cream)
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp vanilla bean paste/powder
350g assorted seasonal berries
Oven at 180
Melt the butter with the honey, and leave off the heat to cool slightly. Whisk eggs with an electric whisk til smooth and pale, slowly add the butter mixture. Sift flour, baking powder and pinch of sea salt slowly into wet mixture, don’t over mix as it will become dense.
Pour into lined 8/9inch cake tin. Cook for 20-30 minute in the centre of the oven until golden brown on top and skewer comes out clean.
For the topping, whip the cream until fluffy, add vanilla and honey gradually, and keep whipping until firm enough to spread. Leave in fridge until cake has cooled.
Slice cake through the middle and spread with 1/3 of the cream and dot with chopped berries. Put the top half on and spread thickly with the remaining cream and decorate with berries. Enjoy!
A little Q&A with Lizzie:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live off Ladbroke Grove, West London. With my husband and 3 children, Jethro, Calypso and Phoenix.
What did you do before you started your blog, courses and Vitalove range? What plans do you have for your business this year?
I worked on films as a script editor before having children. I have lots of exciting plans starting with writing my first cook book to other things I can’t talk about yet!
Where are your favourite child friendly places to eat in London?
We don’t eat out in London a lot – mainly because I always have so much food at home that needs eating! But we love The Wolseley for birthday breakfasts. Pizza East right next door to us. And there’s a great Sushi place called Kulu Kulu Sushi that we meet my husband from work at sometimes.
What’s the favourite meal of the moment in your house?
My Buckwheat Pancakes have been a family obsession for a few years now, but the dish of the moment seems to be Crispy Duck Pancakes and avocado on toast for breakfast is having a moment after they kept stealing mine!