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Fair Trade Cake Recipe - Free from Gluten, Sugar, Dairy & Caffeine

One of our dedicated supporters has kindly shared a tasty gluten, sugar, dairy & caffeine free fair trade cake recipe! The recipe is adapted from one called ‘Jo’s Cake’ in ‘Eat Smart Eat Raw - Detox Recipes for a High Energy Diet’ by Kate Magic (website: It has a delicious, light taste and is quick and easy to make.

The ingredients marked with an asterisk are available from the One World Shop.

Preparation time: 30 mins.

Cooking time: 60 - 70 mins.

These quantities make 2 x 17 cm cakes which you can sandwich together or leave as single layers.  To make one single layer, half all the quantities.

Amount metric Ingredient Amount imperial Cost
250 g bag Quinola organic quinoa flour*, seived 8 oz £3.50
185 g, soaked Traidcraft organic dates* (fair trade) 6 oz £3.30 for 250g bag
150g bag, soaked Tropical Wholefoods banana chips* (fair trade)

If you are using fresh bananas, this is 3 bananas (300g)

5 oz £1.70
125 ml Zaytoun organic extra virgin olive oil* (fair trade) 4 fl oz £6.95 for 250ml bottle
3 tsp Organic gluten free bicarbonate of soda e.g. Dove’s Farm, seived 3 tsp £1.69 for 200g


Icing Cost
½ jar (135 g) Equal Exchange organic dark tahini* (fair trade) 5 oz £3.29 for 270g
80 ml plus extra as required Liquid from soaking fruit 2½ fl oz plus extra as required
¼ tsp Vanilla essence ¼ tsp
1 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp
Pinch Nutmeg Pinch
½ tsp Cardamom ½ tsp
½ tsp Cloves ½ tsp



  • Soak the fruit overnight in a bowl in enough water to cover it. Alternatively, simmer in a pan with enough water to cover for about 15 mins. until the dates start to break up.
  • Keeping the liquid, drain the fruit.
  • Blend the fruit a food processor.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil and blend until mixed.
  • Put the fruit and oil in a big mixing bowl.
  • Using a sieve, add 2 oz of the flour.
  • Stir with a wooden spoon to make a smooth batter.
  • Using a sieve, add the rest of the flour and the baking soda. Stir until they are completely mixed in.
  • Spoon into 2 x 17cm / 6.5 inch-diameter cake tins. If you have non-stick tins, don’t grease them.  If your tins are not non-stick, grease them.
  • Bake at 160°C / 325°F / gas mark 3 for 60 - 70 mins.
  • When the cakes are baked, take them out of the oven and lay them in their tins on a wire tray for c. 5 - 10 mins.
  • Turn out the cakes onto the wire tray.
  • Make the icing:
  1. Put all the ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend, adding more of the liquid if required until it is the right consistency - thin enough to spread, but not too runny.
  • Ice the cakes when cool using a spatula to cover the sides. If you are making a sandwich cake, ice the lower layer first, then add the upper layer and ice it.

Makes 16 single slices or 8 sandwich slices.

Fair Trade Cake Recipe