Fresh Mango Cake

Fresh Mango Cake

Mangoes! Do you love them as much as me? I think mangoes are a taste which need some getting used to. I know hubby always thought he didn’t like them, but now, take last week for example, he came home with five fresh mangoes as they were on offer! 🙂  Now, not all mangoes are the same and if you are fortunate enough to be somewhere where you can pick them off the trees, oh you’re so lucky!!! If you’re in the UK like me and have only ever had imported mangoes, and are wondering what all the fuss is about… let me tell you that truly fresh mangoes are amazing! The fresh mango is delicately fragrant, with soft flesh and so much juice you could almost drink it out of the skin! I’m very fortunate that one of my very good friends is from Zimbabwe. She frequently travels home to see family (she’s there now as I write this) and at the minute it is actually mango season there.

mango tree

Mango trees in Zimbabawe 🙂


Guess what I’m hoping for as a gift from her travels! 😀 Oh they are so good… she picks them just before coming home and they are perfectly fresh, ripe and so so so delicious! 😀 If you have the chance to try some fresh mango, fresh off a tree, that hasn’t been shipped halfway around the world, you really really should! Have I shown my love of mangoes enough! Well, I would usually just eat them straight out of the skin, occasionally add them to a fruit platter but this week as I had five to play with, I created this mango cake!

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Now, one of the most popular recipes on my blog is my spiced orange drizzle cake, which once again, wasn’t something I had ever created. I like fresh fruit, or a fruit crumble, but the more I experiment, the more I’m beginning to see that fruit in a cake is actually a very good thing! Of course, there are many banana bread recipes floating about, and these banana muffins of mine are another very popular recipe. So, mango cake! The texture is more akin to a loaf than a fluffy cake, but that doesn’t stop it being absolutely delicious! Once you have the cake, feel free to decorate as you wish, I’m thinking whipped coconut cream and fresh mango slices, or maybe a smudge of coconut yogurt and some mango puree? Impatient me (only when new recipes are involved, not generally in life), sliced this almost immediately it was out of the oven and ate it just as it was with my morning coffee! Yes, a breakfast cake! Why not! 😛

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Today (Wednesday 24th January), apparently is ‘to do list’ day! Whether you like lists or not, they can actually be a really helpful aid in making sure you get everything done! Some people (like me) make daily lists with the days chores on and tick each one off as they go along. Some people (like me!) also have a weekly list – to help remember everything that needs doing at some point before the weekend. Some people (also like me) have a yearly list (I know, I missed out monthly list… I’m not sure on that one! I don’t do that! 😛 ).  A yearly list could also be used instead of (or as well as) New Years Resolutions. The list however shouldn’t be stuck in a drawer, it should be placed in a prominent position so you can see it and get on with things! Here’s a list for you to print out and use (or make your own) for the rest of the year (I wont tell if you put something on it you’ve already done just so you get your first tick)! I have filled this one out myself this morning – seems though it is officially ‘to do list’ day! Of course I already have a 2018 list but this is more specific and detailed! Let me know what you’ve got on your list… maybe write it whilst waiting for the cake to bake! 😀

Have a look at this simple recipe! As always it’s vegan, refined sugar free and gluten free! 😀 Who’s going to join me over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday this week to share this luscious cake? There are no co-hosts at the Fiesta this week so everyone gets to vote for their favourites 🙂 Come on over and have some fun, find new blogs, make new friends and choose who you think should be featured 🙂

Mango Cake (Vegan & Free-From)

  • Servings: 8-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 150g gluten free flour
  • 120g ground almonds
  • 85g oat flour (gluten free if required)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 50g coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 300g pureed mango
  • 100ml milk (I used unsweetened carton coconut)
  • 50g coconut oil melted


  1. Put all the dry ingredients (flour, almonds, oats, flaxseeds, sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate, salt, ginger, cinnamon) in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Add the mango, milk and oil and mix until you have a heavy batter. If you think the consistency is too thick, add a tiny bit more milk. This should be a loose firm batter and unlike a traditional  cake batter consistency.
  3. Spoon into a greased or lined pan and level the top as much as possible.
  4. Bake at Gas Mark 5 for 40-45 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool before slicing.
  6. Enjoy!

Tips & Storage

  • Change the spices – try crushed cardamom, mixed spice or just ginger on its own.
  • Add a couple of handfuls of chopped mango to the batter before baking.
  • Make an upside down cake and arrange fresh sliced mango in the bottom of the tin before adding the batter, then tip the cake upside down when cooled so the mango is on the top. Maybe serve warm with custard.
  • Store covered for up to five days.

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  • Megala 24th January 2018 at 14:15

    Great recipe ! It looks absolutely delicious !!

    • Life Diet Health 24th January 2018 at 14:25

      Thanks Megala. It really is so good… how many slices can I eat in a day!? 😛

      • Megala 25th January 2018 at 10:15

        Please send me over, if you are left with few slices ! 🙂

        • Life Diet Health 25th January 2018 at 17:08

          Thank you. 🙂 Oh Megala, I’d bring you some if you weren’t 7000km away! 😛

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  • mistimaan 24th January 2018 at 16:43

    So yummy it is 🙂

    • Life Diet Health 24th January 2018 at 20:40

      Thank you 🙂 Do you cook with mango?

      • mistimaan 25th January 2018 at 06:11


  • maryssweetaddiction 25th January 2018 at 00:35

    I love mangos! They are my favorite fruit! I’ve never had them in a cake, but this sounds interesting and like something I’ll have to try. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Life Diet Health 26th January 2018 at 13:21

      Thanks Mary! Mangoes are up there with blueberries, nectarines, lychees and cherimoya, so I’m definitely with you on that! I’m getting more adventurous using fruits in baking, and this was a first for me too!

  • Kat 26th January 2018 at 14:12

    Mmmm! I love mango! This cake looks delicious!

    • Life Diet Health 26th January 2018 at 14:39

      Thanks Kat. I’m going to try your rocky road breakfast! 🙂

      • Kat 26th January 2018 at 15:46

        I hope you enjoy it!

  • 30th January 2018 at 16:02

    Hi Laurena – I like mangoes but fresh is hard to come by some times. I like fruit in recipes as it adds a natural sweetness!

    • Life Diet Health 31st January 2018 at 08:07

      Thanks Judi… I’m so hoping my friend brings some back with her – she managed a photo so she knows what I’m thinking of! 😀 Oh yes, I completely forgot about it adding sweetness and I do that a lot as I don’t use refined sugar! Have a great week.


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