© 2014 Can Caramelo No-Bake Mango Cake

No bake Mango Cake

This weekend I thought I had invented the “Quinotto”. Doesn’t the name already sound delicious? I wanted to make a Risotto with Quinoa instead of rice and put this great invention as a new recipe on my blog. After a quick google search I found out that someone (actually many) had not only cooked quinotto before me, but they had also called it that way. It can be hard to be original. Too many things have already been done (for better and for worse) and thanks to the internet it’s hard to ignore them. On the bright side, the fact that everything is already done by somebody has inspired the name for the band we founded with some friends a few weeks ago. The band is called “Las Fotocopiadoras” (Copycats) and the plan is to copy great pieces others have done. At our concerts we’ll wear masks that are photocopies of our faces and we’ll copy the best LP booklets, maybe changing some names, places and years. I have to confess we haven’t managed to find a day for our first rehearsal yet, but every time we see each other for a different reason we come up with new ideas for our future band. We even have a growing fan club. Which band has that before meeting as a band even once? Uhh, I just realize we have to be careful here, it sounds as if we might be original, something that –you guessed it- has to be avoided by any means. Sneak preview: one of our instruments is a Theremin. The Theremin was one of the first electronic instruments, invented in 1928 by the young Russian physicist Léon Theremin. It has one or two antennas (one for frequency and one for amplitude or volume) that detect the position of the hands of the thereminist. This electric signal is amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

No-bake Mango cake top

It turns out however that Valentina, who constructed the oscillator all by herself, sounds even better imitating the Theremin’s sound than the proper Theremin (we now call her Valentheremin). Right now we’re planning our first tour (I think it includes Marocco and New York) and a website for the group. Maybe you’ve noticed there is a copyright note on the bottom of the page, don’t even think about copying our idea! About rehearsals and the music – I think we’ll improvise. Some of these ideas stem from yesterday’s dinner party with grilled veggies and hummus in green tortillas, a quinotto stuffed pumpkin and a refreshing no-bake Mango cake for dessert (+ a few bottles of wine). I might share the quinotto recipe another day, even if not invented by me, my version turned out great, but today it’s the mango cake. It completely vanished in no time. The filling is fruity fresh with mango, papaya, orange, lemon and pomegranate, sprinkled with chia seeds and the crust is made of almonds, date and coconut. You wouldn’t tell it’s vegan, glutenfree and refined sugar free…

• 1 heaping cup of almonds
• 1 cup of dates (soaked for 10min in hot water if using dried)
• 2 tbsp agave syrup
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 cup dried coconut flakes
• Vanilla of 1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract

• About 300g (10oz) Papaya
• 1 large mango
• 2 oranges (1 peeled, juice of the other one)
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 1 tbsp agave syrup
• 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
• 2 envelopes (4g, 0.15oz) of agar agar (a transparent, neutral seaweed that works like gelatine)
• Seeds of 1/2 pomegranate (optional)

The filling has to be refrigerated for at least 2 hours, so you should prepare the cake ahead (I did it in the morning). For the crust, put all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until the ingredients come together and form a clumpy ball. It should be easy to handle, just press it with your fingers into a springform pan lined with parchment paper. Put it into the freezer until you have the filling ready.

For the filling put all the ingredients except the orange juice, the agar agar and the chia seeds (if you use them) in a blender and blend until smooth. Dissolve the agar agar in the orange juice and bring to boil for 2min. Combine the mixture with the blended fruit and add the chia seeds (if using). Pour the filling over the crust and sprinkle the pomegranate seeds on top. Chill until you serve it.


  1. Posted 21 Jan ’14 at 7:20 pm | #

    Looks and sounds so delicious! I’m not a big papaya fan but this might win me over!

  2. Posted 21 Jan ’14 at 9:18 pm | #

    Thank you Shannon! I encourage you to try it with the papaya, it adds a nice creaminess and you don’t taste it so much, but you could also just skip it!

  3. Sandra
    Posted 5 Mar ’15 at 12:10 pm | #

    Hi Lenka,

    can u please tell me if u used agar agar powder or agar agar flakes? There’s a difference between the two and that’s important for good results! Thanks!

    • Posted 9 Mar ’15 at 9:27 am | #

      Hi Sandra, sorry for not specifying that. I used agar agar powder (I think I had it in stripes, but I ground it before using). I would be happy to hear back from you about the result (or even see a picture!). Best, Lenka

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