• 4


  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 40'

  • No refined sugar

  • Vegan

Naked sea buckthorn bundt cake recipe

  • 4


  • Prep Time 10'

  • Total Time 40'

  • No refined sugar

  • Vegan

A cake is the perfect symbol of a celebration. Cakes have become quite elaborate these days, but I am more of a classic sweet person. If you can manage to get the flavours and consistency right, I find all the glitz to be a bit distracting. You are probably familiar with a bundt cake, distinguished by its shape and spongey consistency. It can be enjoyed plain or decorated either with icing or powdered sugar.

The bundt cake, traditionally known as the gugelhupf cake, originated in central Europe, especially Austria, Poland or Switzerland. Technically any leavened dough can be made into the bundt-shape, the traditional cake isn’t tied to one particular recipe.

There is always a twist with my recipes. This time, I am making a bundt cake without yeast. Instead, I chose to use a pumpkin batter. It may seem random, but I went with pumpkins since they are in season and I know they provide a wonderful colour. I always opt for homemade nut milk when possible, here I used almond. For the flour, I used half whole wheat and half white flour, I like to use the whole flour for a nutritional kick.

The traditional bundt cake certainly does not call for Erbology Pure Sea Buckthorn Juice, but that is one of the secrets to my recipe! The juice works really well with the leavening agents, it brings out the colour and enhances the overall flavour. The slightly bitter taste of the sea buckthorn is a nice complement to the sweetness of the dough. I am always trying to achieve balance, nothing too sweet or too bitter!

I must warn you, this is not the lightest cake, but it is a great way to treat yourself. The texture is extremely satisfying, I would describe it as a “creamy sponge”! You will also love the Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Dried Berries sprinkled throughout, they add a nice tangy crunch and go well with the cake’s texture.

Feel free to add a little frosting or dust some powdered sugar on top. I left mine “naked” because I love the contemporary look and the colour of the pumpkin. I also like to avoid using refined sugars, so if anything I would just top with berries and maybe a coconut cream!

Four reasons to add sea buckthorn to your diet

These small orange berries are tangy and bursting with nutrition. Omega-7s have extraordinary health benefits but we rarely find them in plants. Sea buckthorn is the exception, the berries stand out because their pulp contains a concentration of omega-7. This fatty acid is known to support cardiovascular health and fight the harmful effects of the metabolic syndrome. Omega 7 has been studied for its ability to regulate the mucous membranes in our bodies. Our metabolism is essentially a network of these membranes and if they become either dry or irritated, there can be serious implications to our health (1,2).

Vitamin C helps with the formation of collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body. We find collagen in all our bones, muscles, skin, and tendons (3). Collagen is made up of fibroblast cells which are the active cells that form connective tissue and allow our cells to grow. With age, collagen levels decline. This trend is most noticeable in our skin because we start to wrinkle in areas with less collagen (5,6).

There are two forms of vitamin A. The active form is found in animal products and can be used by our bodies right away. We are more concerned with the other type, which comes in the form of carotenoids. Our bodies must first convert them into beta-carotene in order to use it. Once absorbed, beta-carotene is known to play a role in healthy skin and vision. (3,6). Vitamin A deficiencies have been shown to cause a host of health problems, for example, scaly skin (7) and night blindness (8).

Vitamin E strengthens the capillary wall in our skin and improves its moisture and elasticity (3). The vitamin E in sea buckthorn also acts as a powerful antioxidant, fighting cholesterol that builds up on our artery walls, known as oxidized cholesterol (9).

Written By: Danielle Bear


(1) Zielińska, Aleksandra, and Izabela Nowak. “Abundance of Active Ingredients in Sea-Buckthorn Oil.” Lipids in Health and Disease, BioMed Central, 2017, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5438513/.

(2)“ Omega-7 An Overlooked Fatty Acid.” LifeExtension.com, www.lifeextension.com/Magazine/2016/5/Omega-7-An-Overlooked-Fatty-Acid/Page-01.

(3) “Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ods.od.nih.gov/.

(4) Ngan, Vanessa. “Collagen Replacement Therapy.” Collagen Replacement Therapy | DermNet New Zealand, 2002, www.dermnetnz.org/topics/collagen-replacement-therapy/.

(5) Chambial, Shailja, et al. “Vitamin C in Disease Prevention and Cure: An Overview.” Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, Springer India, Oct. 2013, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3783921/.

(6) Dabfm, et al. “Vitamin A: Health Benefits, Best Foods, and More.” Dr. Group’s Healthy Living Articles, Global Healing Center, Inc, 18 Feb. 2016, www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-vitamin-a/#1.

(7) “Vitamin A and Skin Health.” Linus Pauling Institute, 1 Jan. 2018, lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-A#photoaging.

(8) Dowling, John E., and George Wald. “VITAMIN A DEFICIENCY AND NIGHT BLINDNESS.”Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 15 July 1958, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC528639/.

(9) Nita, et al. “The Role of the Reactive Oxygen Species and Oxidative Stress in the Pathomechanism of the Age-Related Ocular Diseases and Other Pathologies of the Anterior and Posterior Eye Segments in Adults.” Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, Hindawi, 10 Jan. 2016, www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2016/3164734/.


  • ½ cup whole wheat flour (for a gluten-free version, substitute with ½ cup gluten-free flour mix)
  • ½ cup white flour (for a gluten-free version, substitute with ½ cup gluten-free flour mix)
  • 1 cup shredded pumpkin
  • ⅓ cup homemade plant milk (I used homemade almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp grape seeds oil
  • ½ cup rapadura / cane sugar
  • ¼ cup Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Juice
  • 1 tbsp Erbology Organic Sea Buckthorn Dried Berries
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • Pinch of sea salt

Here's how you make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large bow, mix all the dry ingredients.
  3. Add in the wet ingredients and the grated pumpkin, mixing until the batter comes together.  
  4. Grease and flour the bundt pan and then pour in the mixture.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes and then let cool before decorating or serving!


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