Gluten-Free Coconut Squash Cake

October  7, 2013
3 Ratings
  • Serves 8 to 10
Author Notes

A lightly sweet, gluten-free cake that's adaptable to your tastes. —glutenfreegirl

What You'll Need
  • 170 grams grain-free flour mix (see below)
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon 5-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 115 grams coconut oil, melted
  • 140 grams coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 240 grams roasted kuri squash purée (see below, and butternut and kabocha also work well)
  • 120 grams milk
  1. To make the grain-free flour mix: Combine 100 grams of almond flour, 100 grams of buckwheat flour, and 100 grams of potato starch. Whisk them together in a large container. Stir them until they are one color. You have a flour mix!
  2. To roast the kuri squash: Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, sprinkle the flesh with a bit of oil, and roast in a 375° F oven until the flesh is tender. When the squash has cooled to room temperature, peel away the skin. (This works with pumpkins, kabocha squash, butternut squash, and hubbard squash as well.) Throw the squash in the food processor and whirl it up until it's a silky purée.
  3. Preparing to bake: Heat the oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan.
  4. Combining the dry ingredients: Whisk together the flour, psyllium, baking soda, cinnamon, 5-spice powder, and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Creaming the coconut and sugar: Pour the melted coconut oil into the bowl of a stand mixer. Whisk the melted oil. Add the coconut sugar. When the oil and sugar are combined and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time. Add the squash purée and mix.
  6. Finishing the batter: With the mixer running on low, add 1/4 of the dry ingredients. When all visible traces of flours have disappeared, pour in half the milk. Repeat until the batter is finished.
  7. Baking the cake: Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan. Bake the cake until the edge of the cake has started to pull away from the pan and the top of the cake has an athletic jiggle, about 45 to 55 minutes. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert the cake onto a cooling rack.

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Shauna writes about food. Danny cooks it. We grow excited every Saturday morning to go to the farmers' market. This time of year, a Billy Allstot tomato is enough to make us look like goons at the stand, jumping up and down with excitement. We will eat one slice with sea salt, standing over the sink. Another goes to our baby daughter. The rest might go into the smoker to make smoked tomato salsa, or thrown together with watermelon and good olive oil for a watermelon gazpacho, or stacked with smoked salmon and drizzled with horseradish sour cream. Every day is new. I have no idea what we're having for dinner tonight. But I'm sure interested to find out.

13 Reviews

Cuzanne F. June 14, 2016
What is 5-spice powder?
Sarah D. November 7, 2015
This is one of the most delicious things I've ever put in my mouth! Thank you! Any other recipes call for this flour mix?
Sara M. January 13, 2014
a friend make this for us. Yum yum, it was delicious and very moreish
devourthis December 15, 2013
Wonderful recipe. I made the flour mix and then forgot that I was only using a portion of it and added the spices to the 300g of flour. What to do? I made a double batch and froze one cake. Best mistake I ever made! :)
Stephanie November 5, 2013
Come on! As for substitutions, but expect responses from other readers, not Shauna. She tests the recipe she gives us--if she gives you a sub she hasn't tested, you will blame her if it doesn't work!
gabe November 5, 2013
Make sure you don't ask about any substitutions, people: only gluten-free allergies are welcome at her table.
Callie88 November 5, 2013
don't anyone ask for any more advice on substitutions in this recipe! Shauna says she hates that.
christinemayre November 3, 2013
Almond Milk would also work. Many people that are wheat sensitive are also dairy and even corn sensitive. For corn just omit and try another flour. I love using almond meal and rice flour. I am sure there are others that I am not so familiar with. I am interested in try Quinoa flour. That should be a great replacement.
Keyscook October 13, 2013
Hi, Shauna - How do you make this dairy free?
MTel October 23, 2013
I would recommend using coconut milk, as the cake is already slightly coconut flavored!
petitbleu October 9, 2013
What is the psyllium husk for? Could I just use flaxseed meal instead?
Italapas November 7, 2013
It's a binder. In my experience, you can use flax, but it's not as effective and you end up with a more dense product.
Patti October 7, 2013
Yummity, yummity!!