Pretty In Pastels

Orange Blossom and Almond Cake
Gluten Free and Vegan

Spring is here and Mothers Day here in the UK tomorrow and Easter is just around the corner

So with that in mind I thought I would treat you to what I would call a Springtime Bake, that’s not full of the usual Easter Chocolate 😜😜

This recipe was once again developed for in the original form as a 6in /15cm cake

The world seems still to be in a non gathering mood for now , especially here so I wanted to give you something that won’t take an age to eat, looks the part but can be double for a bigger gathering if needed

Its been lovely to roll out the pastel shades and make things a little pretty, but don’t be fooled it didn’t last long πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

This cake is a breeze to make, but just remember to make your ermine pudding base for the frosting in advance if that’s the route you are taking

Have fun with the bake its just one single layer , no smoothing of sides to worry about so you can spend a little time blinging it up

Pretty in Pastels 😍😍

Orange Blossom and Almond Cake GF, DF V

A small style cake fit for two , packed full of citrus flavour and dreamy ermine frosting


Recipe is made in a 6 in / 15 cm loose bottomed round cake tin . Recipe can be doubles to make a two layer cake in two pans or an 8 in /20 cm single layer cake
ERMINE PUDDING BASE NEEDS TI BE MADE IN ADVANCE AND TOTALLY COOL


Ingredients

  • 65 g Caster / Superfine sugar
  • I tbsp finely grated zest of an orange
  • 140 g Dairy Free Yogurt ( I used Alpro Soya )
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Orange Juice from zested orange
  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 80 ml Neutral Oil ( I used Sunflower )
  • 2 tsp Orange Blossom Extract
  • 120 g Gluten Free Plain Flour ( If not using your own blend I recommend Dove Farms Freee Plain flour UK or Pillsbury US )
  • 35 g Ground Almonds
  • 1/4 tsp Xanthan Gum ( omit if your blend contains it )
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • FOR THE FROSTING
  • 110 g Granulated sugar
  • 225 ml / g Dairy free Milk, I advise Rice milk always but that’s up to you
  • 110 g Vegan Butter, I use Pure Dairy Free or Stork Block depending on what I have in . Earth Balance will be the US alternative
  • 90 g Shortening, I use Trex, Hi Ratio is the best US wise.
  • You can use full Non dairy butter but you would need to stabilised it with xanthan gum and that can cause splitting, feel free to try, it needs to be added at the end of the process and whisked in thoroughly 200 g of Non dairy in total, not for me though……. -2 tsp Orange Blossom Extract
  • Gel colours of choice

Directions

  1. Follow instructions here for Ermine Frosting
  2. https://clarescauldron.com/2019/07/27/best-intolerance-frosting-ever-well-today-%f0%9f%98%82/
  3. Pre heat your oven to 160 C Fan / 170 C Standard /325 f
  4. Line Grease and line your tin with parchment paper
  5. Great the orange and add to the caster sugar and rub into the sugar with your fingers to release the fruit oil
  6. In bowl measure out the flour, ground almonds , xanthan ( if using ), bicarbonate of soda and baking powder, whisk together then sieve into a medium bowl
  7. In a small bowl , add the yogurt , apple cider vinegar , orange juice , oil and orange blossom extract and whisk until combined
  8. Add the orange sugar to the yogurt mixture and whisk until all combined
  9. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and with a spatula fold in until combined
  10. Pour into the tin and smooth the top as best you can
  11. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for 30 minutes until a coloured and a cake tester or cocktail stick comes out clean from the centre
  12. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes
  13. Then transfer on to wire rack to cool
  14. Trim top if needed and Decorate as desired

So you should get this done in double quick time

You wont regret it , it will last at least 3 days refrigerated and covered

I hope it has given you that feeling of spring like it did as I made it

Posh enough for any gift and to be fair any variation in decoration it will match any event or colour preference

So with that I will present you some more pictures……because I just know you want to see, and well I can force you πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Just for KIm !!!!!
Got to be a TOP SHOT 😍😍😍
Meeting ready to feed you !!
Its on its way πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
There you go , safely plated πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
The Perfect Slice 😍😍😍😍
Crumbporn Central 😍😍😍😍

Hope you enjoyed the post and hope you enjoy making the cake as much as I did !!

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Feel free to let your fingers do the talking and share this amongst your family and friends, especially the intolerant ones πŸ’œπŸ’œ

Author: clarescauldron

UK first time blogger. Intolerance baking is my passion. Hobbiest but a tad obsessedπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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