cashew lucuma frosted chocolate cake

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,Dessert,Gluten Free,Vegan

I had all kinds of plans to make The Twins’ pumpkin squares over the weekend. Then out of nowhere, Jason declared he wanted chocolate cake. Since he rarely craves dessert or asks for it, I jumped on it!

I will save the pumpkin squares for another time, but I couldn’t get their frosting out of my mind. After all, it combines two of my favorite things – cashews and lucuma!

The frosting pairs well with chocolate too. :D

For my newer readers (hello!), you may not yet know that I love to make things with cashews -

maple cashew creme


artichoke cashew dip


raw apple crisp


I discovered lucuma in a cooking class a couple years ago, and I love to use it in baking, smoothies and all kinds of desserts. Lucuma is a natural sweetener from the lucuma fruit native to Peru, rich in beta carotene, iron and niacin.

When I saw The Twins’ cashew lucuma frosting I had to make it!

I adapted my fudgy brownies to be more cake like, adding more baking powder and another egg (this time using flax egg instead of Ener-G replacer). I then topped them with this amazing frosting – the flavors are perfect with the chocolate.

If you like treats low in sugar, you should definitely give this frosting a try. I could eat it straight out of the bowl! :D


{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty April 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

MMMM I have lucuma but I had no idea what to do with it!! Sounds interesting, although the last thing I need is chocolate cake!! :)

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2 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

oh, SO many things you can do with lucuma… look HERE !

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3 Jess April 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Note to self: don’t read your blog when hungry AND craving chocolatey yummies. These look UNREAL.

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4 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

noooo! please keep reading! what if I use carob?? :D

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5 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

This looks delicious! My Jason never wants sweets — I would love for him to ask me to make him a chocolate cake!

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6 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Jason (mine…) :) never usually does either, so when he asked I got over my shock and made this! :D

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7 Christine @ Merf In Progress April 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Oh, I’m dying for brownies now. Noooo!!! I need to wear a bathing suit soon!!!

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8 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm

oh, I know. REALLY, I know!! we have a swimming pool. BUT… we can’t usually open it until July, so… I’ve got a little bit of chocolate time… ;)

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9 S @ extremebalance.net/blog April 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Jason and I were on the same wavelength: last week, in the midst of my “I’m so over sugar!”, I wanted chocolate cake one night. So I made a vegan, gluten free chocolate coconut cake just with stuff I had on hand—and I don’t particularly LIKE coconut… but it was FABULOUS! No frosting, didn’t need it, and after my wedge, I popped it in the freezer for my next cake emergency.

But lucuma, you say? Hmmm!

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10 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Mm, that sounds GOOD. was it flaked coconut or like coconut butter or oil? I’m not a BIG fan of the actual coconut (texture…) but love Love LOVE coconut oil… that’s awesome you have reserves in the freezer! chocolate emergencies are No Joke!

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11 Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I’ve never heard of lucuma, but in Germany we’re quite behind the moon when it comes to sweetener alternatives to sugar or aspartame. Stevia still isn’t allowed here, so I’m not too optimistic about lucuma … *sigh*

Great eye candy again on here! :D

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12 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

aw, man! :( sorry for teasing, then. you could make something similar with cashews and maple syrup, agave or honey?

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13 hihorosie April 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

oh here you go again tempting me with goodies. Looks great!

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14 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

hee! healthy goodies, though!

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15 Christin@purplebirdblog April 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm

MMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmmMMMMMMM!! Another brilliant creation… not that I expected anything less. ;) <3

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16 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

thanks, darlin’ ! XXO

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17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 12, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I NEED this now! I am in such a rotten mood, I’m pretty sure this would make my day!

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18 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

oh, Sarena! I’m sorry your day wasn’t good :( I wish I could have shared with you!!

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19 lindsay April 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm

oh dang, now I need to make one of these. Maple cream sounds perfect with the figgy brownies!

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20 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

yes – that would be a PERFECT topping!

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21 Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo April 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

What beautiful photos! Seriously, all three pics of your recipes make me want to run out and buy cashews just so I can make them. So colorful!

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22 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Thank You SO much, Claire! it’s very nice to hear such awesome compliments :) if you are a cashew fan and like fruit desserts, you should try these – VERY easy and VERY tasty!

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23 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Well, those brownies just look like perfection. The gooey center and flaky top – love!

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24 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm

pretty yum! :D definitely fulfilled the craving!

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25 Dorry April 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

This looks so amazing! I just finished dinner and I could really use one of these for dessert, pretty please!?

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26 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I wish I could have shared last night!

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27 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Wow. I must find lucuma.

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28 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

if you’re comfortable shopping online it’s easy to find! :D

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29 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I’m probably too comfortable with shopping period ;-)

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30 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

haaa haaa… that’s awesome. I’m positive I do not know WHAT you’re talking about… ;)

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31 sophia April 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I hate frosting because it’s so sickeningly sweet and sugary….but this frosting sounds really good! I’m intrigued by how the texture would be like, and I kind of want this on a warm, toasted banana bread…mm…

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32 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

you’d like this one then! I’m the same way with most frosting… and I think it would be fabulous on warm banana bread – Mmm, now I am craving that! the texture is creamy, but a different kind of creamy than “normal” frosting, if that makes sense?

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33 Pure2raw Twins April 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Can you send me a plate full?!? YUM So glad you liked the frosting… we love cashews and lucuma too! We were pleased with the pairing results ;) I will have to try it again soon with chocolate!

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34 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

cashews are one of my favorite things, so versatile! tell me even five years ago that I would have been creating so many things from cashews? wouldn’t fathom it! yes, make something chocolate for this frosting – SO good! I have the leftovers in the fridge, and the frosted ones are SO good COLD. YUM!

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35 Carbzilla April 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

This would be an awesome topping for my chocolate sauerkraut cake! I also have a whole bag of lucuma I’ve never used. I doubt it goes bad, right?

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36 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

no, I can’t imagine it would go bad very quickly, you’re probably fine! (maybe stick it in the freezer!) you MUST make that cake, then top it with this frosting, then… send to ME! :D

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37 Monique April 12, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Thanks, now I have a major craving for brownies :)

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38 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm

oh good! ;) glad I could help…

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39 natalie (the sweets life) April 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

i adore cashews…this looks heavenly!

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40 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 11:54 am

thank you! it was pretty epic in flavor! :)

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41 Celeste April 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

These look amazing! How much more baking powder did you use? Also, I assume by “1 can pumpkin” that means the smaller size (15 oz.)?

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42 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm

oh, yes! the smaller 15 oz size! :) thanks, I should specify that… and I increased the baking powder from 1/2 tsp to a heaping one tsp…

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43 Celeste April 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Yay, thank you! I’m looking forward to trying it out =)

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44 spabettie April 13, 2011 at 12:57 pm

great – ENJOY and let me know how it goes!

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45 (what runs) Lori April 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Uh, yeah… totally making this frosting tonight. I have to. It’s now decided.

The combo you have here looks AMAZING.

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46 spabettie April 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

oh, good! can’t wait to hear how you like it, and to see what you put it on. …or are you just going to eat it with a spoon? ;)

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47 Winnie April 15, 2011 at 6:09 am

I love cashews and this looks pretty much like heaven to me :)

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48 spabettie April 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Hi Winnie! :) this frosting is amazing, and we’ve been enjoying these brownies all week!!

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49 Heather @ kissmybroccoli April 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

“For my newer readers (hello!), you may not yet know that I love to make things with cashews -” CORRECTION: “you may not yet know that I make INSANELY DELICIOUS things with cashews!” Just saying! ;)

You’re killing me Kristina! I was trying to wait for my sis to wake up before I had breakfast, but you have officially tempted my taste buds so that I can’t take it anymore…would it be wrong to bake fudgy brownies at 8am?…for breakfast? ;)

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50 spabettie April 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

aww… thank you, Heather! *blushing* :D you just made my day, sweetheart!

and NO !! so not wrong to make brownies at 8am… ;)

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51 Lorri February 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I made this today, the cake is amazing. I am not a big fan of the lucuma, however, too earthy for me to be in dessert. glad I only bought a little for this recipe LOL. next time, SAME CAKE, new frosting! thank you!

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52 spabettie February 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

lucuma isn’t a taste for everyone, definitely (and I’m glad you didn’t buy a lot, too!). happy you liked the cake – it’s a good one :)

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