Just Vegan Cakes and Recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Layer Cake

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I am excited to announce, that I have just released my third cookbook, "Just Vegan Cakes"! I have been working on it for over a year, making delicious cake recipes every weekend and gathering them together to share with you all.  I can not tell you how excited I am for this moment to have came to release the book.  I spent many hours making the recipes, editing the book, and making sure it was just how I wanted it before I shared it with you, so I am quite excited.  I got the idea for writing this book when I was baking my boyfriend's Birthday cake and said to myself, I should create a cookbook entirely of vegan cakes.  That was actually the first baked cake I had made in a while after being completely raw for two years and I had so much fun making it.  To me, baking cakes is therapeutic.  It is something I enjoy, something I do on a lazy Saturday or after a stressful day at work to calm down and relax.  Maybe you feel the same?  Well, in that case, this is the book for you.  I included lots of photos as well, so that you can see how yummy the cakes are.  I feel that it is very important to have photos in my cookbooks.  Because sometimes I like to browse cook books, just to admire photos.

Turtle Cake

Almond Joy Cheesecake

So what sort of cakes are in this book?  Well all sorts, raw and baked is the short answer, but I will elaborate.  I start off with a chapter on cheesecakes, and mousse cakes.  Many of them are raw, because I still love raw cheesecakes but others are not, because I know not everyone eats entirely raw.  I like to have a balance.  I have cakes like Raw Almond Joy Cheesecake, and Raw Margarita Cheesecake with Strawberry Swirl.  The next chapter is just for cupcakes and small cakes.  Because I love mini cakes, and sometimes it is not always practical to make a whole cake.  I have included recipes like Cookie Dough Cupcakes, and Blackberry Lime Cupcakes.  The third chapter is for simple cakes.  These are the cakes my Mom and Grandma often made, and the simple one layer cakes we all bake for bake sales and to bring to family events.  Things like Double Berry Cream Cheese Coffeecake and Coconut Tres Leches Cake.  Next, my favorite chapter, the layer cakes.  Layer cakes are where I feel like I can truly be artistic.  I love lots of frosting too, and they include multiple layers of it, so that is another reason why I love them.  I have included cakes like Strawberry Rhubarb Layer Cake and Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake.  I am also sharing a recipe from this chapter later in my post, my Peanut Butter Banana Layer Cake.  The fifth chapter is all about chocolate.  I had to include a chocolate cake chapter, it just seemed right.  These cakes are decadent as all get out.  Cakes like Turtle Cake (which happens to be the cover photo), and S'mores Cake.  Lastly, I have a chapter on ice cream cakes.  Which sounds really good to me right now because it is so hot and humid here.  Cakes like Berry Rose Ice Cream Cake, and Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cake.  Wow, I am making myself hungry describing all of these cakes.  Lots of deliciousness here, I promise you.

Margarita Cheesecake

Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

Blackberry Lime Cupcakes

If you would like to get yourself a copy of my book, it is available on either Create Space HERE or Amazon HERE.  It is also available in Kindle edition on Amazon, which is convenient if you are not a print sort of person.  By buying this book, you will be supporting me and allowing me to keep my blog going so I can share free recipes with you.  Trust me, it is much appreciated because I love to share recipes and I want to keep doing so.  So, now comes the exciting part.  I am giving away a copy of my book to one lucky reader.  All you need to do is scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter my Rafflecopter Giveaway.  But first, don't forget to check out the recipe for Peanut Butter Banana Layer Cake.  It is worth your time!  Good luck!

PB Banana Cake

Peanut Butter Banana Layer Cake

Makes 1 6 inch 4 layer cake
2 6 inch cake pans

Cake:
1 1/2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
1 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup mashed bananas
1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water at room temperature
2 Tbsp smooth organic peanut butter
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Frosting:
2 15 oz cans organic full fat coconut milk, chilled
2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts, soaked for 4 hours and drained
3/4 cup raw coconut nectar or maple syrup
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups coconut butter, warmed to liquid

1/2 cup smooth organic peanut butter
2 large bananas, sliced, divided (slice just before using, one for the filling and one for the topping)

Preheat oven to 375F and position rack in center of oven. Line two six-inch-diameter cake pans with 2-inch-high sides with parchment paper. Coat parchment paper and pan sides lightly with coconut oil. Whisk flour, baking soda, sea salt, and sugar in large bowl to blend well. Whisk bananas, oil, water, peanut butter, and vanilla extract together in small bowl to blend well, then whisk into flour mixture until well blended. Whisk in the cider vinegar until bubbles form. Transfer cake batter to prepared pans and bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.  Cool cakes completely in pan on rack, about 1 hour. Cut around sides of pan to loosen. Turn cakes out onto platter; peel off parchment paper. Place in refrigerator to chill until very cold to make slicing easier. When chilled, slice cakes horizontally in half so that you have 4 layers.

Meanwhile, to make frosting, combine all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.  Pour the frosting into a bowl and let set in freezer until the consistency of whipped cream (this may take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on how warm it has become).

When ready to frost, place one cake layer on a plate. Spread frosting about 1/2 inch thick over first layer, then top with second.  Repeat the frosting, then top with a layer of sliced bananas, then the peanut butter, being careful so the cake does not slide. Then top with another cake layer, then more frosting, then the last cake layer. Allow to set for 30 minutes in the freezer (cover the bowl of frosting with plastic and put it in the freezer too) to allow the middle layers to set up so they don't slide when frosting the rest of cake.

Once they have chilled, spread frosting over top and down sides of cake, and use some of the extra to pipe around the bottom if desired (put it in a pastry bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off). Garnish top of cake with remaining bananas.

Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator.

*If you would like a 4 layer 9 inch cake, double this entire recipe and bake in two 9 inch cake pans for about 50-55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached.

Banana PB Cake



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49 Comments
  1. June 13, 2016 at 15:38
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    Well shoot fire and save matches... I would love to win a copy of you book Amy. :) It looks lovely and great job on all the hard work! It's my dream to one day do one of my own. Blessings, amie sue

    • June 13, 2016 at 18:08
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      Thank you so much Amie Sue :)!

  2. Brittany
    June 13, 2016 at 16:03
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    Congratulations on your new cookbook! I can't wait to whip up some vegan goodies. If I had to choose a favorite cake flavor at this very moment, it would be the vegan pink lemonade cupcake from SweetArt bakery in St. Louis.

    • June 13, 2016 at 18:08
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      That cake sounds amazing, I might have to make a vegan version ;)!

  3. Lisa
    June 13, 2016 at 16:47
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    I am a tried and true Cheesecake lover, so anyway I can get that in a healthier, vegan recipe is amazing!!

    • June 13, 2016 at 18:09
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      Me too! That is why I was so happy to discover raw cheesecakes :)!

  4. Ali L
    June 13, 2016 at 17:09
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    I love raw cheesecake, always the best. But for a baked cake I am partial to chocolate banana.

    • June 13, 2016 at 18:09
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      Me too :)! Chocolate banana is an amazing combination.

  5. Jaclyn F
    June 13, 2016 at 17:58
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    Hmmm...if really must choose, probably carrot cake!

    • June 13, 2016 at 18:10
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      Carrot cake always has a special place in my heart (and stomach) as well :)!

  6. June 13, 2016 at 19:06
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    Hi Amy! I'm so excited about your new cookbook! I love your blog and your sweet and savory cookbook is a favorite of mine. I would love to win a copy of your new one. Thank you for all the time you take to create and share such amazing, yummy and healthy recipes. I appreciate it!

    • June 13, 2016 at 19:24
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      Thank you so much Tammy, it makes me so happy that you are enjoying the recipes :)!

  7. Lydia Claire
    June 13, 2016 at 19:10
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    Swedish Princess Cake is my hands down favorite. I just need it veganized!

    • June 13, 2016 at 19:25
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      Oooh that is a good one! I shall have to work on veganizing it someday :)!

  8. Corrine
    June 13, 2016 at 20:06
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    Chocolate with a great frosting!

  9. Marie
    June 13, 2016 at 22:01
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    Congratulations on your third (!) book! Wish you keep going this way (I must admire, very tasty and healthy way) and at the same pace! ;) Honestly, I am very happy for you! I feel like you are my soulmate, nevertheless, I do not comment a lot as my current job leave me no free time for some kind of "web-connetion" with one of my favourite things - searching and making some healthy delicioness :). But I am trying to change this situation now ;) Hope, I will be making one of your cakes soon, first of all, because it will be my BDay and, secondly, I really miss kitchen messed in chocolate, smell of freshly bake cake, cookies or any tastiness, and licking my blender with the left frosting or cream 😅😄. And speaking of my favourite cake, I cannot choose the one and only. There are plenty of them... But after just one (!) day out of something chocolate (even cacao beans), now I can say that healthy chocolate cake (better raw, and the best is raw 'mousse' cake) is on the first place. The second place is for 'veggie' cake like carrot cake (both raw and baked) or beetroot brownie cake (which I hope I will be experimenting on soon). On the third place is any kind raw cheesecake, but being exactly raw cheesecake made totally with raw buckwheat sprouts - this is some kind of innovation for me, espessially nowadays (here, in Russia, quality raw nuts are pretty pricey). So, summing up, congrats on your book again! Hope, it will be on top of sales😉! Yourth faithfully, Marie P.S. Sorry for grammar and other kind of mistakes😅

    • June 13, 2016 at 22:18
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      Thank you so much Marie, you are so sweet :)! I am so happy to hear that you enjoy my recipes and posts, it means so much to me that you say so. Happy early Birthday, and have fun making that cake!

  10. tamlyn
    June 13, 2016 at 22:02
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    They all look so delicious!

  11. Lisa
    June 14, 2016 at 00:03
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    Yum! I love cake! My favorite is chocolate!

    • June 14, 2016 at 00:27
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      You can never go wrong with chocolate cake ;)!

  12. June 14, 2016 at 02:34
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    I LOVE cake. Chocolate is my favorite, although I had a chocolate, mocha double layer cake with strawberries in the middle from our vegan bakery and it was.SO.GOOD. I would love to win your cookbook! :)

  13. Juanita
    June 14, 2016 at 07:00
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    A favorite cake? Maybe a lemon cake that I made once--or carrot cake… just not a plain "white" cake ;)

    • June 14, 2016 at 12:27
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      Lemon cake sounds refreshing :)!

  14. Angie
    June 14, 2016 at 16:34
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    one of my favorite blogs and can't wait to try out this recipe i will have to try it with a different nut butter like almond can't wait to eat cake!

    • June 14, 2016 at 22:48
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      Thank you :)! This would be good with any kind of nut butter!

  15. Bonnie
    June 15, 2016 at 01:56
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    Congratulations on the new cookbook, that's so exciting! My favorite kind of cake is definitely chocolate -YUM!

  16. DJ
    June 15, 2016 at 03:14
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    Red Velvet is my favorite.

  17. Stephanie
    June 15, 2016 at 19:06
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    If I can find a raw cake with some chocolate in it, I am happy! Being gluten and egg free, your recipes have been a huge blessing. My friends arent afraid to try what I fix any more!!

    • June 17, 2016 at 00:10
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      I am so happy to hear that you enjoy them :)!

  18. Jenee
    June 16, 2016 at 00:23
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    Congratulation Amy! Way to Go! What is better than vegan cake? Vegan cake made with Love! It's my favorite! But if I had to choose, lets go with Strawberry Short Cake or Coconut Creme.

    • June 16, 2016 at 01:24
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      Thank you :)! I completely agree!

  19. Jane
    June 16, 2016 at 12:29
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    Congratulations Amy!! It looks beautiful. Can't wait to see the book and try some recipes :)

    • Jane
      June 16, 2016 at 21:04
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      Whoops - forgot to say that any cake with a coconut or vanilla-base sounds delicious. Although lemon and carrot cake are also top picks....do I have to decide which one I like the best? :)

  20. TJ
    June 16, 2016 at 19:22
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    I would have to say Turtle Cake. But I'm really loving vegan cheesecakes right now! Congratulations on your latest book & thank you for sharing all of your amazing creations with us! Are all the recipes in this book gluten-free also?

    • June 17, 2016 at 00:09
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      Turtle cake is awesome! Thank you, yes they are all gluten free if you use gluten free oats for the ones that contain them.

  21. Angela
    June 16, 2016 at 23:46
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    I love raw cheesecakes. I've bought a few slices while out and none match up to what I've made from this site. My favorite is your Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Cheesecake. I've made it for my birthday every year for few years now. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats on your book

    • June 17, 2016 at 00:09
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      I am so happy to hear you enjoy my cakes :)! You are so welcome!

  22. Lynne
    June 17, 2016 at 22:20
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    I love your recipes and use them a lot. My favourites are the cheesecakes - especially strawberry and lime.

    • June 18, 2016 at 12:33
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      Thank you so much :)! I am happy you enjoy them!

  23. Brenda Guardado
    June 18, 2016 at 20:40
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    Newbie to vegan baking but I like red velvet!

  24. Rhonda
    June 19, 2016 at 02:07
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    I love Hummingbird cake!

  25. June 19, 2016 at 21:20
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    Hmmm...pancakes, a good New York style cheesecake or a decadent chocolate cake...there are so many good options!

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