• Lauren-Nicole

Apple Flower & Cardamom Cake


Did you see my kitchen?

This is moments before the chaos ensued…

I’m making a birthday cake for two of my favourite little girls… & what you see above are the fixings to assemble 6KG worth of cake. There it looks all tidy & pretty. That phase didn’t last long. No matter how hard I tried to keep the situation contained & under control, I have a really tiny kitchen & a single bowl on the counter is enough to make it look like it’s a mess.

Whilst all of this was going on, I was also trying to multi task & put together the tutorial for today. I think I’ve rushed it a bit. I’m sure I could have done better with the editing. Not going to lie, 8 hours of cake baking, plus 2 hours at a sushi making work-shop, finishing up recording the odds & ends for the video… & my head all over the place… I just couldn’t draw together the focus needed.

Still, all that said, I’m pretty pleased.

Suppose I really ought to include the recipe. Oh yea, it’s an apple flower cake by the way. Really light & mellow with a hint of cardamom.

Ingredients: – 2 red apples – 1/2 a lemon, juice only – 1 lt boiling water ————– – 115g unsalted butter, room temp – 90g dark brown sugar – 25g white sugar – 3 large eggs, room temp – 75g almond flour – 25g corn starch – 150g oat flour – 1 1/2 tsp baking powder – 1/8 tsp xanthan gum – 1/4 tsp salt – 1/4 tsp cardamom ————– – 2 tbs icing sugar

Directions: 1. preheat the oven to 170C. Grease & line a 20cm spring-form cake tin with parchment & set aside. 2. combine the lemon juice & boiling water in a bowl & set aside. 3. peel & core the apples. Slice into thin strips approx. 1-2mm in width & transfer into the boiling water (the lemon will keep them from browning & the heat will soften them to make them easier to work with). 4. combine the butter & sugars in the bowl of your stand mixer & cream. Add the eggs one at a time & beat thoroughly between each addition. 5. scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the dry ingredients & beat the mixture again until smooth. Transfer into your cake tin & smooth into an even layer. 6. drain the apple slices from the water. Starting from the outside edge, start arrange the apples in a circle & continue going until all the batter is covered (see video). 7. lightly sprinkle with sugar & place in the oven. Bake 30 to 45minutes or until a sewer can be inserted into the middle of the cake & comes out clean. 8. remove from the oven & allow to cool before removing it from the tin. Dust with icing sugar & serve.

Machinery:

Electric Scale - Etekcity - http://amzn.to/2xkKpQk

Hand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xkjowh

Stand Mixer - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2yqXPiH

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Blender - Kenwood - http://amzn.to/2xXQgwU

Tools:

Silicone Spatula - Zyliss - http://amzn.to/2y3Srkw

Chef's Knife 8" - Miyabi - http://amzn.to/2fUtyRK

Cake tins & Pie Plates:

Springform cake tin 22cm (9”) - Farberware - http://amzn.to/2xkdQ4T

Ingredients:

Organic GF Vanilla - Simply Organic - http://amzn.to/2xXdt2e

Vanilla Beans - Vanilla Products - http://amzn.to/2yLMqWQ

Buckwheat Flour - Anthony’s Organic - http://amzn.to/2xjRS6T

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Active Dry Yeast - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2gcC2R4 Oat Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2fNUuyZ

Coconut Flour - Bob's Red Mill - http://amzn.to/2xkAHNX

White Flour GF - Dove's Farm - http://amzn.to/2z1b5I1​

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