Delicious Vegan African Cuisine

Tigernut Coffee Cake (Vegan Friendly)

In this blog post, I share a super easy tigernut coffee cake recipe that is vegan friendly and perfect with tea or coffee.

One of my Instagram followers challenged me to make a coffee cake recipe with tiger nuts. This guy did so well that he was onto something. It was crispy on top and soft and sweet on the inside.

What are Tiger Nuts?

The star of this dish is the tiger nut. Tiger nuts are known by many names (earth almond, chufa, yellow nut sedge). The name may give the impression of noor, but tigernuts are a misnomer because they are tubers, not nuts (potatoes and taro are known as tubers). It has a nice flavor. This property makes these tubers ideal for those with nut allergies as they offer a similar nutty flavor without allergens. (click here).

Today we will use this pudding to make this delicious coffee cake. My blog is about reusing recipes so that people can take more advantage of the unique ingredients I share.

What is coffee cake?

Coffee cakes (North America) may not contain coffee. Instead, coffee cake is a sweet cake to accompany strong coffee. A sweet pound cake that brings out the richness and bitterness of coffee. Coffee cake is usually a pound his cake with sugar flavor in the center and streusel on top. Some coffee cakes may have a frosted or glazed top.

What you need for tiger nut coffee cake

  • butter: My go-to brand of butter is the Becel plant-based stick.They are a great price and work very well
  • sugar: Any vegan sugar will do.
  • Vegan yogurt: Yogurt adds moisture to the cake. Free of high-fat eggs and dairy, yogurt adds moisture and fat to recipes and reacts with baking soda to give it a boost.My favorite vegan yogurt is plain coconut yogurt. Maison Riviera
  • Tiger nut: It uses tigernuts in two forms (the first being the pudding and the leftover fiber used to make the tigernut pudding).
  • spices: For warmth, we used cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
  • All Purpose Flour:
  • fermentation: To add lift to the cake, I used a combination of baking powder and baking soda.The baking soda reacts with the yogurt to add air and lift the cake.

How to make tiger nut coffee cake

  • cream sugar and butter
  • Add remaining moist ingredients including pudding
  • Add dry ingredients.
  • Mix streusel ingredients and crush on cake
  • Bake at 325°F for 50 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions + Substitutions

where can i buy tiger nuts

I bought mine at an African store, but you can find tigernuts at many health food stores.

Can you make this gluten free?

You can make these gluten-free with a one-for-one substitution.Bob’s Red Mill is a great substitute for gluten-free baking flour. click here

Can this recipe be made healthier?

Unrefined sugars such as coconut sugar or applesauce are great substitutes for the sugar and butter listed. It’s certainly dry, but doable.

What can I eat this coffee cake with?

It goes great with coffee cake along with hot coffee or tea.


  • **Coffee Cake**
  • 1 stick of butter (113g)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (140g)
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (125g)
  • 3/4 cup custard (160g)
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder (5 g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (2 g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (2 g)
  • **Streusel**
  • 1/2 cup (25 g) tiger nut husks leftover from making milk
  • 1/3 cup of flour (42g)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (50g)
  • 3.5 tablespoons of butter (45g)
  • **drizzle**
  • equal parts tiger nut pudding and powdered sugar
  • enough vegetable milk until mixture turns into syrup



Preheat oven to 325°F


Cream the butter sticks and sugar with a whisk or hand mixer until the butter is translucent.


Add yogurt and tiger nut pudding and mix well with a mixer or whisk


Add remaining coconut cake mix


Line a 7.5 inch square baking sheet with parchment paper


Pour the thick batter so that it covers the four corners of the frying pan.


Mix the streusel ingredients until combined


Layer the streusel mix generously on top of the cake mix.


Bake coffee cake for 50 minutes or until clean with a toothpick


Remove cake from baking and let parchment cool completely


Drizzle and cut to desired size


Enjoy with coffee or tea

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