It’s a healthy Gaytime cake! No! It’s a Merrytime cake (and it’s sugar free, gluten free and vegan!)

It’s about time we brought out a new healthy cake. The snickers was good, the mars bar was great but the healthy Gaytime cake? We have a feeling it’s the epicest YET! Ok, ok, we know they’re all epic but whatever… you’re gonna go crazy for this cake.

Gaytime ice creams were definitely one of our faves as kids. They remind us of Manuka pool (where our Canberra peeps at?), we’d go there all summer long and get an ice cream as a treat. Sometimes it was a splice (um hello refreshing) but most times it was a Golden Gaytime. Or a rainbow paddle pop, seriously… icecream.

Actually, icecream used to be Carla’s favourite food. Not anymore. Probably this Healthy Gaytime Cake takes the top spot. For the moment anyway… until we bring out another epic healthy cake. 


So this cake isn’t raw… because we baked the cookie crumble and the baked cookie crumble is so freaking delish, even by itself (you may want to make extra)… BUT it is sugar free, gluten free, dairy free and grain free. Yep it’s #paleo and #vegan. Ha!

But you can’t eat the whole cake, ok? We don’t recommend that.

We do however recommend you make this awesome healthy Gaytime cake… slice it up and enjoy it with your favourite people! Choose carefully, this cake makes you magical, so you’ll want to select your 15 fave people to enjoy this cake with… OR you can freeze it and enjoy a slice whenever dessert o’clock kicks in. Like is that… now? 

If you DO make this cake… share it on social with us, #GetMerry or post it to our free Facebook group! We seriously LOVE drooling over your photos and giving them loads of love (we re-share our faves!).

Yay for healthy Gaytime cake… and yes… we’ve re-titled it Merrytime cake. 

Yay for healthy Merrytime cake! 

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

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Healthy gaytime cake
Serves 16
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
3 hr 20 min
Prep Time
3 hr
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
3 hr 20 min
  1. 1 cup walnuts
  2. 1 cup shredded coconut
  3. 2 tbs. coconut oil
  4. 3 tbs. cacao
  5. 1/2 tbs. honey or rice malt syrup
  6. pinch of salt
  1. 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight in water then drained)
  2. 1 cup coconut milk (canned)
  3. 1/3 cup coconut oil
  4. 1/3 cup honey or rice malt syrup
  5. 1/3 cup hulled tahini
  6. 10 pitted medjool dates (soaked in boiling water for at least 10 minutes)
  7. 1 tsp. !00% vanilla extract
  8. pinch of salt
  1. 1 cup cashews, whizzed into crumbs or chopped
  2. 1/2 cup almond meal
  3. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  4. 1/4 cup coconut oil
  5. 1/4 cup honey or rice malt syrup
  6. 1 tsp. 100% vanilla extract
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder
  8. 1 tsp. water
  1. Line a 24 cm (10 inch) spring form cake tin with baking paper. Start with the biscuit topping, you can even make this the day before and spread out the cake making experience.
  1. Preheat oven to 180Β°C (350Β°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl place the cashew crumbs, almond meal, coconut flour and mix together.
  3. In a small saucepan (or you can use your microwave) melt the coconut oil, honey and vanilla together.
  4. Take the saucepan off the heat and add the baking powder and water, stir together until it foams and turns a white-ish colour.
  5. Pour this in to the dry ingredients and mix well until combined.
  6. Spread the mixture onto the prepare tray in a thin layer and place into the oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Mix it around and place back into the oven for another 5 minutes.
  8. You want it to be golden, so if it needs a bit longer, place back into the oven and watch carefully until you see golden crumbs of deliciousness.
  9. Allow to cool completely. They will go yummy and crunchy. Ok next!
  1. Place all the base ingredients in to a food processor or blender. Whiz until well combined, it will become almost a smooth choccy butter. Yum!
  2. Spread the mix in to the prepared tin, ensure it is even.
  3. Place the tin in to the freezer.
  1. Drain and rinse the cashews and place them in to a food processor/blender along with the coconut milk, coconut oil, honey, tahini, vanilla and salt (not the dates).
  2. Whiz until completely smooth, this will take around 5 minutes.
  3. Pour 1 and 1/2 cups of the mixture on top of the base and place back in to the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Now drain the dates and add them to the remaining filling mixture in the blender/processor and whiz again until combined.
  5. Pour the toffee/caramel filling on top of the vanilla layer, then evenly sprinkle all the biscuit crunchy bits on top and lightly press them into the filling.
  6. Place into the freezer for at least 2 hours or until set.
  7. Once the cake is set take the cake out of the freezer and rub the outside of the cake tin with a hot cloth and release the spring form slowly (you may need to run a knife around the edge).
  8. Cut in to slices with a hot knife and enjoy! Oh and drizzle with melted sugar free chocolate if you like!
  9. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer and thaw out when you’re ready for a slice of healthy gaytime cake (or merrytime!).
  1. This isn't really a 'quick' recipe... but it is easy! All you need to do is slowly follow the steps... you can DO IT! It's worth it! Promise! Also! Be sure to taste the filling before freezing, to check if you need extra sweetener!
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Comments 32

  1. Yumm!! Question for you though, I don’t like chocolate, and hence cacao doesn’t float my boat – would the base turn out ok without it? Or is there a non chocolatey substitute you’d recommend?

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  3. Just wondering if there is something I can substitute the tahininwith or if I can leave it out at all? Have an allergy to sesame so unfortunately can’t have it!

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  5. Hi, looks amazing, and as a child of the 80s I remember Golden Gaytimes well ! How to make that drizzly chocolate sauce pictured please?

  6. Great recipe thank you!
    Can I substitute macadamia nuts for the cashews (allergy)?
    It looks so good I want to make it now so I won’t be able to soak the nuts overnight, does that cause a problem?

    Thanks again , loving your recipes and the app!!!

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    You sure can! You’ll need to soak the macadamias as they are harder than cashews :):) So happy you LOVE the app and recipes! <3 YAY!

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  9. What can I use instead of medjool dates, I’m low fructose and can’t eat dried fruit?

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  11. Hi ladies,
    I just made this cake for my dad’s 84th birthday…it was so good, and loved by all. Came out looking exactly like yours and tasted amazing. Thanks for the recipe πŸ™‚

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  14. Hi Girls, is this cake meant to set solid ?
    I put it in the freezer for well over 2 hours then into fridge over night , isn’t as firm as I’d like . Any suggestions?

  15. Hi girls, just finished making this gaytime cake…it’s in the freezer. I tasted all the components and boy they were all delishes! When I was pouring the first batch of the vanilla filling…I realised I hadn’t lined the sized of my springfree tin with baking paper. I did oil it but forgot to line the sides. Do you think this will be a problem when I am plating it up? soooo nervous.

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    Hey Paula! If you want it harder, you’ll need to leave it in the freezer longer to set πŸ™‚ if you allow it to completely freeze you’ll have a more solid cake πŸ˜€

  19. I’ve made this gorgeous thing for a family dinner tomorrow night, so it’s currently in the freezer…how long before eating should I take it out of the freezer?

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  22. Going to make this for my sisters birthday but not tell her its a healthy cake and see if she notices! Just wondering the minimum time I could leave the cashews in to soak as I am short on time.

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    Hi Kathryn, we’ve soaked them just for 10 minutes before… it may not be as creamy but still will be great! πŸ™‚ YAY! Let us know how you go!

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  25. HI! How long do you think this will keep in the freezer prior to serving? I’m thinking of making it a few days ahead of time. would it keep this long?

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  27. How can you call this sugar free if it has honey or rice malt syrup in it? Both of them are…sugar.

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    Refined sugar free πŸ™‚ we talk about this on the blog if you take a read through. Feel free to leave it out if you want a super unsweet treat πŸ˜€ <3

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