The Time Cake


Don’t look for the pixie dust in this recipe. I did not find any. Except if fairies rolled in my cinnamon powder on Sunday morning. There was a lot of dust on my kitchen table – teff flour, nut powder, coco sugar – but this earthy-colored dust almost fell of my thoughts like dust from the cover of an old book. Nothing to do with my crush for Mr Rock-My-Spud. This Father’s Day was filled with a myriad of scents and flavours guided by the lost voices of the men we loved and left us too early. Their scents too. Tobacco, leather, dry mud, warm wood.

I did bake my Sunday morning cake with an earthy feeling thinking of my grand-dad and one special other man. Cinnamon and nuts came to me naturally in this story. Teff flour as well as it has a light hazelnut flavour. And raw chocolate for its strength.

All my Sunday cooking actually reverberated my nostalgia.

Because it is never too late (or too early) to cook for someone we love – even if this someone is gone – here is the recipe of my Time Cake. It really acts like a time machine in my mouth.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 mug of coco sugar
  • 1/2 mug of almond powder
  • 1/2 mug of hazelnut powder
  • 2/3 mug of brown rice flour
  • 2/3 mug of teff flour
  • 3 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 glass of oat milk
  • Raw chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of cocoa butter


Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat the oven (mark 8 on my electric oven)
  • Separate the yolks from the whites in two different bowls.
  • Whisk the yolks.
  • Add some coco sugar, almond, hazelnut powders, brown rice, teff flours and a few spoons of baking powder with 2 pinches of cinnamon.
  • Mix the flours together.
  • Pour 1/2 glass of oat milk in the bowl.
  • Stir.
  • Whisk the whites with a pinch of salt until stiff.
  • Add the whites to the pastry.
  • Stir gently.
  • Sprinkle some chops of raw chocolate on it.
  • Gently melt the cocoa butter in a saucepan.
  • Grease your cake pan with some cocoa butter thanks to a pastry brush.
  • Pour the pastry in your cake pan and put it in the oven.
  • Reduce the oven heat (down mark 5)
  • Let the Time Cake bake for about 35′.
  • Let it cool.
  • You can serve it with Greek Yoghurt.