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Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

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Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

If you want a cake to wow your family and friends, this Vegan Lemon Zucchini Cake is the perfect match. It has the perfect balance of lightness and sweetness to it, allowing you to enjoy it for breakfast if you want and as a snack or dessert. It is vegan and gluten-free)

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

Every year since I was only enough to help my mom plant her garden, we always have a ton of zucchini plants during the summer. They grow wildly throughout my mother’s small garden, ranging all different sizes. Me, wanting the grand prize, always wants to wait to pick some of them so that I can see how big they can grow. From all my years helping my mom plant them, I got one to be about 18 inches long and that was also the year where all other produce we were growing was thriving too.

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

I took a picture with that zucchini and always try after that year to grow them even bigger, but that was the biggest it has ever grown too. Despite summer being different this year where I am not home and do not have a garden, I always treasure those special childhood memories.

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

On Instagram, among the network of food photographers, a challenge was initiatives in which we seek to represent black artists and creators. This week’s challenge focuses on Florence Price’s three roses pieces, White Rose, Red Rose, and Yellow Rose. We are challenged to create art displays of what those three pieces mean to us.

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

For me, it was hope and love coupled with challenges. The three pieces were mostly playful but also had moments of sadness to them. When I first listened to them, they immediately brought me back to those childhood memories of when my siblings, mom and I are outside planting in our garden- the joy and freeness of being a little kid. We are not all so close to one another anymore and this is the moment of nostalgia the three pieces reminds me of. Despite the changes, we can choose joy or sadness and for me, happiness is most important.

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

I am not a music expert in any way nor am I familiar with all of Florence Price’s works, but these are the memories and feelings they bring to me- love and hope to which I am conveying in the photos below. Zucchini and lemon representing my childhood memories, the joy around us especially with the warm weather of the summer, white roses representing innocence and the child in all of us, a symbol of new beginnings and love, and the pink flowers representing the universal love of oneself and of others.

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

If you have some zucchini laying around and want to join me in making this cake, here are the ingredients you will need:
-gluten-free oat flour
-brown rice flour
-tapioca flour
-grated zucchini
-organic coconut sugar
-flaxseed meal
-unrefined coconut oil
-fresh lemon juice
-baking powder and soda
-unsalted vegan butter
-organic powdered sugar

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

Ready to have a slice of this Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake? Let’s start baking!

Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)
Vegan Lemon Zucchini Layered Cake with Lemon Buttercream Frosting (gluten-free)

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