If you’ve been following my blog for a little while now, then you must know how much I love turmeric. I have many recipes that use this incredibly healthy and healing food. When most people think of using turmeric in a dish, they think of pairing it with savoury dishes. In my experience, I have found that this wonderful spice actually works well in both sweet and savoury foods. Inspired by this revelation, I made this Turmeric Savoury Cake with Caramel Date Sauce.
Benefits of Turmeric
I have spoken about the benefits of turmeric on the blog before, but if you are new here, welcome! I will give you a refresher. Turmeric is a healing food that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is a highly potent antioxidant. This means that it can help to scavenge harmful free radicals caused by environmental toxins. Curcumin is lowers inflammation in the body and can be used to help alleviate conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and even inflammatory skin conditions.
Adding Turmeric to your Foods
I like to take turmeric in it’s whole food form, but I also supplement with it as well. It’s really easy to add superfoods like turmeric into your diet by taking small amounts of them. A small dose of turmeric every day over a long period of time can be really beneficial for your body. If you are dealing with chronic inflammation, however, I would suggest speaking with a naturopath to get the correct dosage. One of my favourite ways to take turmeric and enjoy its benefits is by adding it to smoothies. A newer way that I discovered how to add it to foods is by baking with it.
That’s where this turmeric cake recipe comes in!
Savoury Turmeric Cake
First of all, what the heck is a savoury turmeric cake? A savoury cake is a cake that uses more savoury spices, and is less sweet than a traditional cake. This turmeric cake is flavoured using coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric. I used Botanica Golden Mylk turmeric drink mix for this recipe because it was what I had on hand. But you can certainly use regular turmeric powder. The cake uses a bit of maple syrup as the sweetener. The maple syrup provides a very subtle sweetness to the cake. These spices pair very perfectly together and really give the turmeric cake a unique flavour.
Date Caramel Sauce
This cake includes a date caramel sauce that is free of artificial sweeteners. The date caramel sauce is ADDICTINGLY delicious! I was licking it off the spoon the whole time as I was preparing it. The caramel sauce is so smooth and yummy! The sauce contains maple syrup, dates, almond butter and coconut oil. The sweetness from the date caramel sauce coupled with the savoury turmeric bread is truly heavenly!
Notes About The Recipe
This recipe can be made gluten-free by substituting all-purpose flour for a more gluten free friendly flour. The batter for this recipe should definitely be a little thicker, and not overly runny. Adjust your flour measurements as needed to ensure a thicker batter. The cake will be extremely moist otherwise. I added chopped pistachios to the batter, as well as on top of the caramel date sauce.
Feel free to omit the nuts if you do suffer from a nut allergy. The pistachios provide the cake with a slight crunch. However, if you do decide to use pistachios, ensure that you thoroughly mix them into the flour beforehand. Otherwise they can sink to the bottom of the cake!
Expect the inside of the cake to be a spongy texture and also yellow/green due to the turmeric and pistachios. I actually love the colour of this cake! I think the yellow/green colours make it so pretty. I’ve also made this cake using a hint of cayenne pepper, which made it a little spicier. Be aware that if you do add cayenne, it will make the cake more red than yellow. Still pretty in my opinion.
Additionally, if you are watching your sugar intake, you can certainly omit the caramel date sauce. I just thought it would be a fun topping for the cake and would help to compliment the savouriness of it.
Cooking times can vary due to the type of oven you have. However, I have set the cooking time to 50 minutes for this cake. Put a knife through the middle of the cake to check if it is fully cooked. The knife should be completely clean, which means no uncooked batter residue!
This turmeric bread recipe would be a delicious dessert to bring to a family gathering, or to serve for brunch. It’s really easy to make and is definitely a healthier, and more unique looking cake than most. I am looking forward to snacking on this all week long!
For more turmeric inspired recipes, or just recipes in general, please have a look at my recipe page here.
Recipe adapted from McKel’s Golden Savory Cake at Nutrition Stripped.
More Sweet Treat Ideas
Turmeric Pistachio Savoury Bread with Date Caramel Sauce
- 3 whole eggs
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1¾ cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, optional
- 1/4 cup each chopped pistachios, chopped apricots, and raisins (tossed in gluten free flour)
Caramel Date Sauce
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon of local honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a loaf pan with extra virgin coconut oil.
- Whisk eggs, maple syrup, vanilla in one bowl. In another small bowl, mix almond milk, vinegar, and baking soda. Set aside.
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Pour the wet ingredients, both the egg mixture and the almond milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. A batter will form. (If the batter is slightly runny, add a little more flour. You don’t want the batter to be too runny).
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes or until golden brown. When done, set aside and let sit for at least 10 minutes to rest.
- To make the caramel date sauce, add all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until a thick paste forms. Top the bread with the caramel sauce and add more chopped pistachios for decoration!