In times of transition and need, we find our friends to be what holds us together. I picked up a new set of oracle cards by Lucy Cavendish called Magical Spell Cards, and the card I pulled in a time of great need was the Friendship Spell card. The card itself spoke truth on so many levels in such a simple way that I had to follow through with the suggested “spell” of action, which was to bake a cherry cake for my dearest friends, savor all of my friends’ qualities and nurture them with this action of baking for them. So thank you, friends…I may be making this cake again very soon!
Vegan Cherry Almond Cake
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 cup almond meal
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup oat milk (or almond)
1/3 cup Earth Balance butter
1.5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups pitted sweet cherries, frozen with juice from thawing
Add all dry ingredients together. Add dry ingredients to all the remaining ingredients except the cherries. Fold in cherries and juice gently, the mixture will be lumpy. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for about 45 minutes until cake testing knife or fork comes out clean. Sprinkle with powder sugar before serving. I used a 8” round cake pan for this. Eat with friends, drink with some tea or wine for added bliss.