I’m participating in the 2020 Juneteenth Cookout Takeover. This initiative was established to encourage the celebration of Juneteenth – a jubilee of freedom to commemorate the end of slavery – and to amplify the food traditions of black culinary creatives. Scroll to the bottom of this post for 20+ potluck worthy, Vegan & Gluten-free Juneteenth recipes curated by Black Food Bloggers from all over this country in honor of this special day!
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, and Cel-Liberation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated holiday commemorating June 19, 1865, the day all previously enslaved people in Texas were free. Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980, and several other states subsequently followed suit.
As a long-standing tradition, Black folks have used this day to celebrate African American culture, our achievements, and love for family cookouts and backyard bar-b-ques. In addition to your standard grilled meats, this is typically one of the many holidays your aunts spend attempting to one-up each other with their mac n’ cheese, pound cake, and sweet potato pie recipes. Given my daughter’s food allergies, I’ve become the person who brings an allergy-friendly dish to the party! This year my goal is to swap out the regular cornbread with my Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread Cake and see who notices!
Check out the recipe below!
GLUTEN-FREE SWEET POTATO HONEY CORNBREAD CAKE
Who doesn’t love cornbread and cake? This recipe combines the best of both worlds, and it’s gluten-free. My gluten-free sweet potato honey cornbread cake is a riff off of the uber-famous Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread recipe from BlackGirlsWhoBrunch. As my recipe calls for a few different ingredients, the outcome was more cake-like than crumbly, mealy cornbread. The result is just as delicious as your grandmother’s!
Cornbread and sweet potato-based recipes are very popular during the Fall months. Usually, around late October/November, everyone is sharing their family recipes for cornbread. Consider this post my attempt to get ahead of the curve. This is my first attempt at making a GF version of something with such a specific texture. The light and crumbly texture of cornbread is very distinct—the composition of this recipe yields slightly different results.
Anytime you modify a recipe to make it vegan or gluten-free, you must prepare yourself for a slightly different texture. When I told my husband I was making cornbread, he was instantly overjoyed. He loves cornbread! As a means of managing his expectations, while not ruining the experience, it was important to help him understand how and why the texture of my cornbread cake was different. My sweet potato honey cornbread cake recipe produces a soft, slightly sweet, and moist cake. Making it the perfect side dish or after-dinner treat. My husband and I enjoy it for breakfast with our coffee and tea.
My husband and I consumed this cake in less than four days (just like the sweet potato cookies), so I didn’t really have to think about storage. That being said, I am certain it will be just fine on your countertop in a cake carrier or a glass cake stand for 4-5 days. I’d suggest freezing any that remains. Although it’s delicious as is, I suggest reheating it in the oven (350 F degrees/ 5-7 min) after day one. This helps restore the texture and adds a bit of a crunch to the cake.
RECIPE NOTES & FAQ
Can other egg substitutes be used in this recipe? I always use applesauce in place of eggs when baking. I find that it adds the perfect amount of moisture. Replace one egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce in sweet desserts. If you want a lighter texture, add an extra 1/2 teaspoonful of baking powder.
What type of non-dairy milk works best? We use oat milk for everything, but almond milk would work as well.
Using plant-based butter vs. oil? I use Earth Balance plant-based butter in all of my recipes. The soy-free version, to be exact. You can also use coconut oil in recipes that call for butter. It’s not a 1:1 substitution. Use ¾ the amount of oil for the specified amount of butter in a recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of butter, substitute it with ¾ cup of oil.
Should I use both the coconut milk and cream from the can of coconut milk? Yes. I usually have leftover coconut milk store in the fridge. A good stir or shake to unify the solid cream and liquid adds more moisture and fat to the cornbread cake.
Is this more like a snacking cake or savory side dish? The possibilities are endless. As I mentioned my husband and I enjoy this for breakfast with our coffee and tea. I’ve also eaten it as a slightly sweet snack before bed, and just last night I finished off the last piece alongside a piece of fried chicken (I drizzled a little honey on both!)
I hope you enjoy this recipe. As always, please leave any questions or comments you may have below!
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Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Honey Cornbread Cake
A soft, slightly sweet, and moist cornbread cake made with gluten-free flour, sweet potatoes, and honey. Perfect as a side to a savory dish or a slightly sweet finish to the end of a meal.
If using fresh sweet potatoes you will want to bake them at 400° for 30 minutes. Once they are cooled puree them in a blender and measure out two cups for your recipe. Any leftover potatoes can be frozen for up to a month or refrigerated for 1-2 weeks.
Preheat Oven 375° F
Blend together dry ingredients ( Gluten-free flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
Add in wet ingredients starting with sweet potato. Mix well then add applesauce, plant-based butter, and honey. Lastly add the cup of dairyfree milk
Pour mixture into 9 inch cake pan.
Bake on 375° for about 40 - 45 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake to check for doneness.
Storage: Cornbread cake can be frozen after baking and can be kept countertop for 4-5 days.Reheating instructions: Pop all or a slice of cornbread cake into the oven reheat at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. A lil' extra flavor: Top your cornbread cake with Burleson's creamy honey spread for a real treat.
Keyword Baking, cornbread cake, Gluten-free, quick and easy, special diets, Vegan Baking