August 09, 2012

Peach, Blueberry & Mint Cornmeal Cake

In my last post, I mentioned that I wanted to make a couple of recipes featuring fresh local blueberries that I picked up at the market.  After adding some of my blueberries to a fruity kale salad, I wanted to use the rest in some kind of baked treat.

When trying to choose a recipe, I went through some of my old saved bookmarks and came across a couple different recipes for peach cakes that I had wanted to make last summer but never got around to.  I decided that peaches and blueberries would make a great combination in a cake, so I combined two recipes from different blogs and added my own variations to come up with this vegan peach and blueberry cornmeal cake!

Each of the recipes called for adding a fresh herb to the cake - one used rosemary and the other used basil.  I liked the idea of adding another layer of flavour with fresh herbs, and since I had some mint leftover from my salad, I decided to use mint leaves in my cake.

I was nervous that the cake would turn out to be a disaster, but thankfully it turned out just as I was hoping! The cake itself was dense and moist, with a bit of crunchiness from the cornmeal that I really liked. Pretty much every bite was filled with juicy fruit, and I loved the combination of the sweet peaches with the blueberries.

I thought the mint added an interesting dimension too, but if you're not a fan of mint, you could easily leave it out and the cake would be just as delicious! Or you could try substituting the mint with another herb like basil.

If you like cornbread, I think you would love this cake - it's basically like a big piece of cornbread studded with summer fruits that you can eat as a dessert or even as a breakfast cake. I did reduce the amount of sugar because I figured with all the fresh fruit, I wouldn't want the cake itself to be too sweet, but if you have more of a sweet tooth, you might want to increase the sugar to make this more like a dessert.

Hopefully I'll be able to fit in a couple more peach and blueberry recipes before their season ends!

Vegan Peach, Blueberry & Mint Cornmeal Cake
Adapted from Bella Eats and deli-cute-essen

1.5 cups non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk beverage)
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup light spelt flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup organic cornmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cane sugar (could use 3/4-1 cup for a slightly sweeter cake)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup peeled and diced ripe peaches
1 cup blueberries
1/3 cup fresh mint, julienned (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 9 inch cake pan with cooking spray.

Stir together the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar and let sit for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the dry ingredients (flours through to sugar) in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix the olive oil, vanilla extract, and the milk-vinegar mixture.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently stir just until the dry ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the peaches, blueberries and mint.

Pour batter into prepared cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, until the top is slightly firm, the edges are starting to pull away from the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out dry.

Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack and cool completely before slicing. 

Makes one 9" cake 

*Note: I stored mine loosely covered in a large cake pan and it stayed good at room temperature for 2-3 days.  I don't recommend covering it with saran wrap as the cake will get very mushy. 

This was submitted to Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert & Dogs, and to Healthy Vegan Fridays


  1. This sounds so summery! I love the idea of making a cake with cornmeal, I bet it gives it a great texture. I definitely want to make this one!

    1. Thanks! The amount of cornmeal was just enough to give the cake some texture without being too crunchy or dry. Hope you get a chance to try it!

  2. This was so good and I loved that it was still healthy! I think it would be good with plums or cherries too.. I'd leave out the mint out of personal preference though :)

    1. I'm glad you liked it! Cherry and cornmeal sounds like a good combination, and I'm sure the peaches could be replaced with another stone fruit. I'm waiting for you to make something with peaches that I can sample too ;)

  3. HI Genevieve! Thanks for linking this up to looks fantastic! I love using cornmeal in cake like this because it adds so much great texture and a slight hint of corn taste that is so fitting for summer! And blueberrie, peaches and mint are such a great combo! Loving this!

    1. Thanks Shelby! I thought it was such a nice combo for late summer too. I've been eating so much corn lately and I love it!

  4. Mmmmm mouthwatering! I love adding fresh herbs to my baked goods - they add such an interesting component. Love what you did with this cake!

    1. Thanks! I knew herbs go well in savory baked goods like regular cornbread, so it was fun to try adding them to a dessert! I'd love to try it with basil too!

  5. Mmmmm! Love that you added mint to the cake! I'm obsessed with adding mint to things lately! I also love that you added cornmeal into the cake to add texture and sweetness. I think I'll make this cake for my mom. She would love this!

    1. Yeah, whenever I buy a bunch of mint, I add it to all my food and drinks to try to use it up - I love how refreshing it makes things taste! Hope you and your mom like the cake if you get a chance to try it :)

  6. This looks really great and I am definitely going to try it!
    I noticed though that your recipe says 2 tsp baking powder and then 1/2 tsp baking powder. I'm guessing that one of those is supposed to be baking soda but I'm not sure which one. Can you clarify?

    1. Thanks for catching that error! I've fixed it now - the 1/2 tsp should be baking soda. I hope you like the cake!

    2. Great! Thanks for replying so quickly! I really wanted to make this today and now I can!

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