Prunes give the perfect amount of chew to a moist, crumbly cake. They are seriously, really delicious. The cake would be a lesser cake without them. Why ‘finger cake’? Because you can pick it up all delicately between your fingers – they are great for drinking with a cup of tea. In a teacup. With a saucer! If you decide to put the batter in a smaller loaf tin, it probably could no longer be classified as a ‘finger cake’ and that would be disappointing. I want you to get in on the finger cake action. So a standard 2 lb. loaf tin it is. It will look like there is nothing in the tin but don’t panic. It also won’t rise up much. Again, don’t panic. It’s all good, it will taste fantastic and you will like the prunes.

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Almond and Prune Finger Cake [Vegan]

Ingredients

Cake
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch pink Himalayan or rock salt
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/4 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 5/6 small chopped prunes
Amaretto sugar syrup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • decent splash of amaretto
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Preparation

Cake
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 fahrenheit.
  2. Sift the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, bicarb, ground ginger, nutmeg, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Give it a gentle stir with a spatula.
  3. Puree the kiwi in a hand blender and add the oil, milk, cider vinegar and almond extract and give it another very quick blitz to incorporate.
  4. Chop the prunes into small pieces.
  5. Grease the loaf tin with a little vegan butter.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and thoroughly combine with a spatula ensuring not to over work the batter.
  7. Finally, add the prunes and gently incorporate before transferring to the greased tin. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing it from the tin and transferring to a cooling rack covered with baking parchment (this will help when you cover it with the syrup).
  8. Pierce holes all over the top of the cake using a cake tester or a chop stick.
Sugar syrup
  1. Place the sugar and water in a pan and swirl to dissolve. Bring to a gentle boil for about 5-10 minutes until it reduces to about a quarter cup of syrup.
  2. Add the amaretto, swirl to incorporate and take it off the heat.
  3. Allow to cool for a minute or two before carefully drizzling over the cake using a spoon.
  4. Cover the cake with the baking parchment until completely cool before slicing.
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