of chocolate cake cooked the previous day ready for our experiment. Incredibly excited to find out what was in store and also excited to learn from Ellie’s who clearly knows her way around a palate knife. She also owns things like cake turntables, delicate paint brushes, piping bags and nozzles which were to come in handy!
Naturally Decorated Chocolate Cake with Cream Cheese Honey Frosting Print Prep time 3 hours Cook time 70 mins Total time 4 hours 10 mins A rich, yet moist paleo chocolate sponge recipe, decorated entirely with natural ingredients Author: Ceri Jones / Ellie Cowan Recipe type: Cake Serves:
cake - You will need 2 x batches of the below for 4 cake tiers. Make in two lots 5 eggs 125mls almond oil (or mild olive oil or coconut oil) 200g Organic honey 60g coconut flour 3 Tbs cocoa powder 1 Tbs finely ground coffee (use decaffeinated preferably - NB this is optional) ½ tsp salt ½ tsp baking powder Frosting & Decoration 750g Organic cream cheese 125g Organic butter 3 Tbs Organic honey ½ tsp Matcha green tea and ¼ tsp spirulina 1 beet and juice from a vacuum packed beetroot pack ~50g flaked almonds freeze dried raspberries Instructions Cake Pre-heat the oven to 165 deg C Grease and line (base and sides 2 x 7.5" cake tins) Make up 1 batch of cake recipe. First crack the eggs into a bowl, add the oil & honey. Using a electric whisk, whisk up the ingredients till light and frothy. Sieve in the coconut flour, cocoa powered, coffee (if using), salt and baking powder, and whisk again until fully combined (for 2 minutes) Keep scraping down the sides of the bowl into the mix with a spatula. Split the mixture between the 2 cake tins - Ideally use scales to make sure you've done this evenly so that the cakes will be of even size - and bake in the oven for 35 minutes The top of the cake will bounce back under a light touch when done. The cakes will not rise a massive amount. Allow to cool slightly, before turning out onto a cooling rack. Wash the tins and repeat procedure 2-5. To store the cakes until ready to ice, make sure they are fully cooled before layering up in an airtight cake tin with parchment paper between each later. Frosting & Decoration First make up the frosting. Beat the cream cheese with a spatula, melt the butter a little and then combine with the cheese and add the honey. Whisk together until fully combined and set aside. Portion off some of the cheese - approx 100g and add ½ tsp Matcha green tea and ¼ spirulina until you get the strength of colour you desire. Place in a piping bag with very small nozzle and place in fridge until ready to use. Next make the flour petals. Blend the beet till you get a thick paste, dip a small paintbrush into the red liquid and paint both sides of the flaked almonds. Set on a plate to dry out fully, turning every so often to make sure both sides dry. NB this is time consuming! Now you're ready to attack the cake. Build up the cake by spreading each layer with white icing, and when all 4 tiers are done add to the sides. Smooth off - as Ellie is doing in the picture. Pipe the green icing up the sides of the cake, add the almond petals and fill up the middle with freeze dried raspberries - using a small brush dipped in water helps this process. This is no doubt a tricky process - just have fun! 3.2.2691
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Imagine our surprise when The Great British Bake Offs first technical challenge was Jaffa Cakes. Here at Pinch of Nom we’ve been talking about 1 Syn Each Jaffa Cakes for a few days now. There are quite a few recipes for Jaffa cakes, but most of them are around 2 syns each, but these are an incredible 1 syn. You’ll notice that these 1 Syn Each Jaffa Cakes have a drizzle of chocolate on top to keep the syns down