Today we are going to savor life. We are going to celebrate the release of my dear friend Rachel Conners’ debut cookbook “Bakerita” by making her sweet Orange Cake with Coconut Yogurt Frosting. A cake that is simple to pull together and just also happens to be gluten-free, refined sugar-free & can be made vegan!
The orange trees are blooming in our neighborhood and their sweet, divine fragrance is the most beautiful reminder that life indeed goes on. It’s officially spring and nature is bursting with the newness of life, all while our world is facing a vast pandemic that has brought deep suffering and death. As we shelter in place, I find that I swing from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. In one moment I can be overcome with emotion as I try to grasp the vastness of this disease. And in the next moment, I can be enveloped by the sweet smell emanating from the orange blossoms that I brought into our house and my heart is flooded with gratitude for this sweet springtime gift. And I imagine that life is going to feel this way for some time.
When my heart feels sad, I let it be sad. And when my heart feels happy, I let it be happy. Today, my heart is happy to be a part of announcing the release of the “Bakerita” cookbook! This cookbook is SO special you guys! It is filled with over 100 gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free recipes for the modern baker. There are a bunch of recipes that I want to make as soon as possible, but the one recipe that stood out the most at this particular time was her Orange Cake with Coconut Yogurt Frosting.
The process of making this orange cake could not be easier, and the finished result is absolutely divine! This cake is the perfect way to celebrate spring, reminding us of the sweetness of life. The only change I made was subbing a touch of orange blossom in place of the cinnamon because, as you can already tell, I am in orange blossom appreciation mode at the moment ;)
Not to mention, I actually had all of the ingredients to make this recipe on hand! While finding simple staples like eggs & all-purpose flour in grocery stores have been literally impossible for me lately, alternative flours have still been widely available. Which means that Rachel’s cookbook comes at the perfect time!
It is my earnest hope that in sharing these words and this recipe for Orange Cake with Coconut Yogurt Frosting, that you will take heart and feel peace with accepting that even while death is happening, so is life.
before you go…
“Life and death are not respecters of each other. Mourning and dancing – they don’t always take turns. Not in my story, not in yours, not in our world. While people celebrate weddings and first steps and the sweetness of life, the broken world continues to break our hearts, sometimes at the very same time. The tension is there – wondering when to celebrate and when to cry. Often the best thing we can do is acknowledge that tension and do both…” – RACHEL MEYERS
Click HERE to learn more about Rachel’s debut cookbook “Bakerita”
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