Inspired by the Easter holidays and the zippy zap of spring in the air, we were looking for something for our vegan / gluten-free customers. We came up with this gem of a recipe that ticks both boxes and is also super quick to make.  Our lovely work experience boy from Newcastle nearly fell off his chair when we told him there were no eggs in it! And I promise, you’ll “no cannae believe it” either!

You will need a 1k/2lb bread or cake tin, lined.

Heat the oven to 180C/350F gas mark 3


For the cake

160g rice flour

50g ground almonds

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

40g dried coconut

Handful of pistachio nuts shelled and skinned

125g caster sugar

80g coconut oil at room temperature

240ml / 1 cup soya milk or other vegetable milk

Juice of 1 lime

Zest of 3 limes


For the Lime Syrup Topping

1 cup of caster sugar

Juice of 2 limes


Icing sugar

1 cup icing sugar

Juice of lime to mix

Handful of pistachios for decoration



First mix the dry ingredients together well, (rice flour, ground almonds, baking powder, baking soda, dried coconut, pistachio nuts).


With a whisk, beat the coconut oil and the caster sugar.  Add the lime zest, juice of lime and the plant milk.  Mix in the dry ingredients gently so as not to lose the air from the cake and hence all its “non-eggy” fluffiness!

Place in your lined cake tin and bake in the oven for about 20 to 30 minutes until a fork comes out clean.  While the cake is still warm, make small holes over the top and then pour over the lime and sugar mix.   When the cake is cool, decorate with icing sugar and the pistachios.

With more action on ‘La Ola Fresca’ sunshine terraza, we are taking a rest from our courses this month, except for our weekly German/Spanish intercambio (Wednesdays) and Speak English (Thursdays).  If you are visiting Valencia or have arrived recently feel free to come along.  It is a good way of meeting Spanish people and getting to know the city.

If there are any writers interested in coming along to a ‘writers connect’ meeting please get in touch with us. Please share your books with us as we also have a new intercambio book shelf in association with ‘Valencia Lee Libros’. Their Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/valencialeelibros/



C/ Músico Magenti, 11

Tel: (0034) 610026305

(For reservations)

Email: helen@laolafresca.com


Zona Benimaclet


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