Dairy Free Vanilla Sponge
My absolutely favourite Christmas dessert is trifle, and despite making the fanciest of desserts all round the world in my previous job as a pastry chef, that is the one thing I crave every year for Christmas. I never make it any other time, but I definitely enjoy it then and for leftover Xmas breakfast on Boxing Day. But I can never find dairy free sponge for a quick trifle creation, which does irk me a bit! Feel free to let me know where you have found any in New Zealand. But for now, I make it. So I thought I would share the recipe in case anybody else is having the same problem, and can tolerate egg. Incidentally, I have made this egg free before by using chickpea brine, and while it’s not the same, it is definitely edible.
This Dairy Free Pina Colada Cake was inspired by my travels around the Caribbean (living a very indulged life working as a pastry chef on cruise ships) and the current trend for Poke cakes. It’s also really easy to ‘dress down’ for a really casual cake with a friend, or ‘dress up’ for entertaining/birthdays. This Dairy Free Pina Colada Cake can also be made egg and gluten free, the adaptation instructions are in the notes at the bottom of the recipe. 🙂 I like to serve mine with a tropical fruit salad . The cake itself is made up of a vanilla sponge layered with a pineapple coconut cream, coconut condensed milk and a vanilla syrup then topped with toasted coconut. You can omit the alcohol if you are opposed to it or cooking for children.