Raw, noun: 13. unrefined sugar, oil, etc.

My dear friend Jess and her sweet new little man Wyatt hosted several of my favorite yoginis last eve for the wee babe's coming-out party of sorts, so naturally it fell upon me to bring a cake into bloom. I mean, given that Jess has just birthed a small person, I figured a frosting-heavy dessert was the least I could do. And the gestation period for a bundt cake is much shorter than that for a kid.

So I fell back upon that old favorite, the blueberry cream cheese cake, but switched a few things up. Instead of the [so not PC, and kind of lazy, and rather 1950s old school] cake mix base in the original recipe, I created a gluten-free, from-scratch version using GF flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder and soy milk, and substituted raspberries for the blue. Frosted it with an almond cream cheese icing; vibrant mauve dendrobium orchids supplied the pretty.

While certainly not vegan, the cake was refreshingly gluten-free, and I was pleasantly surprised by how moist it turned out. I'll toss up the recipe specifics when I have a free minute. In the meantime, enjoy the fresh blooms, the Friday afternoon, and the fog.


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