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Cinnamon Cashew Cake

The base as well as the frosting of this Cinnamon Cashew Cake is made with cashews. This cake is refined sugar free and gluten free. It is a tasty and healthy treat to enjoy with a cup of afternoon tea or coffee.

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Packing up and moving countries, leaving behind family and friends, and starting anew isn’t an easy feat – in my eyes. But, my mom talked my dad into doing it twice in their lives; once, with my sister and myself in tow!

I couldn’t imagine moving states – heck, I couldn’t even imagine moving my daughter out of the same school district; as a result, I have grown to respect and admire the decisions my mom made and my dad supported, just so my sister and I had a better life down the road.

But, back when I was younger, I didn’t think this way. When I was younger, I misread certain situations, judged my mom’s motives too harshly, did not want to believe what she did was for the best for me.

As a teen, I had a relationship with my mom that was the opposite of what my daughter and I have today. Now, I didn’t do anything crazy – but there was a distance between us emotionally; and when it came time for me to go to college, I decided to make that distance a physical one as well as I chose to leave my parents and sister in Abu Dhabi and move an ocean away to Atlanta.

In the beginning, I was excited at the prospect of going to college in Georgia, eager to get away, and, happy to know that I wouldn’t be a bother to them anymore.

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When the day came, my mom accompanied me on my trip to Atlanta – we booked into a hotel and attended some of the orientations together during the first few days. And then, it was time for her to leave and me to move into my dorm room.

Just before she left, I had to run to the grocery store, and when I got back, I hurriedly dropped my bags and went with her to the airport, not having a chance to even take a peek into my dorm room.

After her plane had taken off, I got back to my dorm room to find that she had made my bed and put away all my stuff so neatly and lovingly and that is when it all hit me. I understood how deep her love for me was, I understood her sacrifices, I understood how much she was going to miss me, it took me 18 years, but, my eyes were finally open.

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So, with Mother’s Day a little less than a month away, I figured I would start planning out how to help my mom have a very special Mother’s Day. My daughter and I were at our neighborhood Walmart when we came across a “One-Stop Shop” display from American Greetings for Mother’s Day. This large display had all sorts of candles, cards, candy, flowers, and just about anything we would need to put together an amazing gift for the special Mom/Granma in our lives.

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Since my mom had to get rid of all her plants due to a bug infestation in her apartment, my daughter picked out some pretty, artificial flowers that dance to “Walking On Sunshine”!

We decided to pair this with a bar of her favorite dark chocolate and an assortment of pretty notepads she can have handy in every room. These past few months, my mom has been battling ulcers on her legs and having little things handy when she needs them, keeps her from having to walk more than necessary.

I also decided to make my mom a refined sugar free Cinnamon Cashew Cake as she is constantly trying to monitor how much sugar she takes in in order to keep her diabetes in check.

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We had to taste-test this Cinnamon Cashew Cake ourselves – for quality control purposes and I must say, this was so creamy and dreamy. It almost looks like a tiramisu – and tastes like a light cheesecake – but, it’s a refined sugar and dairy and gluten free – Cinnamon Cashew Cake!

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If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for the special Mother/Grandmother in your life, please do stop by your local Walmart and check out their “One Stop Shop” displays that are located in the Greeting Card and Party Supplies aisles.

Cinnamon Cashew Cake

4.37 from 30 votes
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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Shashi
The base as well as the frosting of this Cinnamon Cashew Cake is made with cashews. This cake is refined sugar free and gluten free. It is a tasty and healthy treat to enjoy with a cup of afternoon tea or coffee.



  • 2 cups soaked cashews I soaked mine overnight but they can be soaked for 2 hours or using the quick soak method (see notes)*
  • 2/3 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons 0 g non-sugar sweetener of your choice can use real sugar or coconut palm sugar too
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil


  • 2 cups soaked cashews
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon



  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature, if not, then place all of them (except for the coconut oil) in a microwave safe bowl and warm them up
  • Add all the ingredients (except the coconut oil) to a blender or food processor and blend till well incorporated
  • Pour in the coconut oil
  • Pour into a parchment lined baking medium baking tray and bake for 22-25 minutes
  • Let cool


  • Again, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature, if not, then place all of them (except for the coconut oil) in a microwave safe bowl and warm them up
  • Add all the ingredients (except the coconut oil) to a blender or food processor and blend till well incorporated
  • Pour in the melted coconut oil
  • Spoon "frosting" over cooled cake and let chill for at least two hours.
  • Just before serving, sprinkle top with cinnamon.


*The quick soak method involves soaking cashews for 30 minutes in boiling water and lemon – this process is described in detail here.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 405mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g
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  1. […] coconut sugar instead of the maple syrup, if you wish. These bars are delicious served with a paleo cashew cream sweetened with maple syrup or coconut […]

  2. Anonymous says:
  3. Stephanie says:

    What is a “medium” baking tray? 9×9?

  4. Stephanie says:

    The cashews are soaked in what? the almond milk?

  5. LaKita says:

    This cake looks so deliciously amazing…stopping by from #SITSBlogging

  6. Karen says:

    that looks like one tasty cake…may have to try that! thanks for sharing. Happy Saturday Sharfest.

  7. mjskit says:

    I loved ready this post Shashi! I didn’t have much of an emotional connection with my mom back then, but that changed as we grew older. I’m closer to my mother now than I’ve ever been. I’m looking forward to coming up with something nice for Mother’s Day as well. Wish I could make her this exquisite cashew cake. How elegant!

  8. Your post makes me think about how things were when I was growing up. So beautifully written.
    On to your post. Sashi, that’s a beautiful and yummy cake made of my favorite nut. Girl, you are so creative and patient. Love it. Your mom is such lucky one and yes ofcourse, your mom sounds like a sweetheart. Hugs.

  9. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    That’s a great memory to keep. The cake is pretty special too!

  10. Chris says:

    Touching story and the cake looks great too! I think we all butt heads to some degree with our parents as we find ourselves. Then, hopefully, we mature enough to see things from their perspectives and understand a little more and deepen the bond.

  11. kitchenriffs says:

    What a nice sweet post! Lovely tribute to your mom. And lovely cake for all of us — really nice recipe. Thanks.

  12. That cake looks perfect Shashi and the pictures are stunning!

  13. Farrah says:

    For serious, Shashi, this cake looks magical! *-* I wish I could make this for my mom! I don’t know when I’m gonna see her again though. x_x

  14. Kelly says:

    This is the sweetest post, Shashi! My mom is my best friend but I didn’t truly appreciate how much she loved me until I became a mom myself. Your mom sounds like such a special and amazing lady and she will love this gorgeous cake. Love it, it’s perfect for Mother’s Day! <3

  15. Joanne says:

    I don’t think anyone has a perfect relationship with their mom and there are always regrets about how we treated them growing up. I’m sure your mom is so happy to have you as a daughter, and not just because you make her the most fabulous cakes!

  16. Hey Shashi, your ingredient list is missing!!! Can you please check on your post.

  17. Lovely tribute to your mom! She has undertaken more than you can imagine and I can relate to this situation more than you can imagine as I drag my teenage kids around Asia. Give your mom a hug and a delicious slice of your cinnamon cashew cake for the best mom’s day ever.

  18. you are blessed that you discovered your mother’s love when you were so young!

  19. Kim says:

    What a sweet post!! I hope that your mom is doing OK!!!
    Love the story about your mom helping you move to college (and America!).

  20. What a great tribute to your mom and how much you love her. I can’t imagine moving to another country from my family and you did it at 18! I’m sure that your mom is going to love her mother’s day gift this year. #client

  21. Oh yum!! This looks so amazing!

  22. Such a sweet story and also a lovely cake!

  23. yum! I love cashews! This is a great way to use them! Looks amazing! 🙂

  24. This cake looks awesome & I love how healthy it is!

  25. That’s so true-you never really understand why they do things until you get older and you don’t tend to appreciate things until a bit later. I have been watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and it seems to be such an emotional time when they set their kids up in college!

  26. This cake is gorgeous and SO perfect for Mother’s Day. You and your mom are lucky to have each other — you both seem pretty special!

  27. Hello, Shashi! I’m so impressed that you made this out of cashew nuts. It looks sooo impressive. I suspect your mum is a very lucky lady (and not just because of the beautiful cakes you make with her in mind!)

  28. Mira says:

    Love the story and love Mother’s Day! This recipe sounds absolutely amazing and I’ll be making it soon!

  29. Cashews and cinnamon are kind the best 😉

  30. Gorgeous cake Shashi, loved learning about your family and your dear mom.You are blessed to have each other. XO

  31. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, we have moved now, with our young kids (under the age of 8), twice. . once to WA and most recently to Madison, WI. Never did I ever think we would leave Los Angeles, CA . . but God had other plans for our family. . still hoping to get back to CA or Texas (where I grew up) eventually but for now, making the best of it, enjoying it and embracing our lives in Wisconsin. My kids are young so I don’t think they minded the moves? but anyway, love what you shared about your mother and your relationship with her now . . Happy early Mother’s Day to you and your mother. . and love this cake!!!

  32. I love the sound of this and it’s so pretty too!

  33. What a great sounding cake!

  34. The perfection of this cake is killing me… Just a little. Ha!

  35. spicedblog says:

    What a great post, Shashi! I didn’t realize you went to college in Atlanta. I guess I always assumed you had moved there sometime later. It’s funny how relationships with our parents work. We can stray away and then come back, but they still love us. Your mom sounds awesome! And this cake also sounds awesome. I was actually just thinking yesterday that I wanted to make a cashew cake. Then this one pops up in my inbox this morning…with my favorite spice ever! Happy (early) Mother’s Day to you! If you want, you can send me a slice of this cake…ah, forget it, we all know that’ll never work. 😉

  36. The mother daughter bond is so special! It’s the best.
    Lovin’ this cake you made. And wow…. you are so on top of things this year! 😉

  37. cottercrunch says:

    beautiful friend. and i am glad you can look back and see how your mom’s decisions made you who you are now with your daughter … ya know?

  38. Elizabeth @ Enjoy Every Bite says:

    This cake looks delicious! Loved reading your story about your relationship with your mom. Too bad most of us don’t fully appreciate our parents until we are out of the house!

  39. allie says:

    wow. This looks amazing

  40. This cake sounds so good! Wow!

  41. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    wow lots of cashews in this recipe…the cake must taste heavenly!