I’ve been gawking at Emily’s Instagram page for longer than I care to admit. Emily is the amazing baking extraordinaire behind Lael Cakes, a gluten free and vegan boutique cake studio based in New York City.
I remember stumbling across it and just being so in awe of her towering and gorgeously decorated gluten free and vegan cakes. They all just look absolutely flawless, and her naked cakes are probably the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen, which isn’t surprising considering her art background!
All her cakes are vegan and gluten free, as Emily herself suffers from allergies which she found out about at pastry school. Surrounded by flour and eggs, she used to brush it off as seasonal allergies until something finally clicked and she was able to see how the gluten was actually the culprit. While gluten free baking is all the rage now, back then it was definitely more of a niche and Emily went through a lot of trial and error until she absolutely nailed her gluten free flour mix, which will soon be available through her website and can also be found in her book – UK | US .
We all know my self control definitely needs some working on, and thankfully all of Emily’s cakes take a more natural approach in her baking. Her cakes boast more natural alternative ingredients instead of refined sugar, wheat flour and dairy. Her cakes are colourful and vibrant, coloured naturally with dyes extracted from the natural pigments of fruits and vegetables, some of which she grows herself – like the basil in her strawberry and basil icing!
Emily says that running around the kitchen and being on her feet all day help when it comes to keeping fit, and that she does eat her cakes, though obviously being constantly surrounded by them she does have to exert some self control – and many days brings home cake scraps for her husband. What a lucky fella.
If I go to New York and don’t come back, you now know where you can find me.
I’ve mentioned before that my favourite cake is carrot cake. I’m a chocolate lover, no doubt, but when it comes to cake it’s definitely carrot that sways my heart – as can be seen by my Raw Carrot Cake and my Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache. It’s a serious love, so you can imagine my joy when Emily said she would share her Carrot and Orange Cake recipe with us! Thanks Emily =)
The gorgeous Carrot and Orange Cake and Ginger Icing recipes below are from Emily’s cookbook Pure Artistry. It is one of those stunning books that makes you want to get your baking hat on and become a (gluten free) flour fairy and try your hand at recipes such as Strawberry and Basil Icing and Coconut Macaroons.
You can buy her stunning cookbook online. (UK | US)
The images for this post were kindly provided by Emily as well as taken from her Instagram page. The recipes have both been reposted on Sprinkle of Green with permission from Emily. This post also contains affiliate links, from which I stand to make a commission if a purchase is made.