I recently celebrated a birthday which is my annual cue to make a decadent layer cake. Although the festivities were exceeded by storm Juno, baking a cake isn't a terrible way to spend your birthday for me. I'm always looking for an excuse to do so.
This cake is one of my favorites to date, and (surprisingly) completely grain-free. If you haven't noticed, I'm of the snacking cake kind, so it's rare for me to love a frosting lathered layer cake. But this one isn't overly sweet, and the orange blossom water / cardamom pairing adds something special to an already tasty dessert. Save this one for your next snow day, which around these parts, will probably be tomorrow..
ORANGE BLOSSOM & CARDAMOM CAKE WITH MASCARPONE COCONUT FROSTING (Gluten-free, Grain-free) SERVES 6-8
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cadamom
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 almond milk
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 5 large eggs
- 3 teaspoons orange blossom water
- 1/4 cup melted ghee/coconut oil, cooled
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (first 7). In a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients until well combined. Using a silicon spatula, slowly fold wet ingredients into dry until batter is wet and mixed well.
Grease a 8 inch springform pan very well. Pour in cake batter and level evenly with silicon spatula. Place springform pan on a sheet pan and bake for 40-42 minutes or until a toothpick placed in the center of the cake appears clean. Let cool for 25 minutes.
Remove cake carefully from the springform pan, using a cake spatula to release the bottom of the cake from the pan. Add cake to a cutting board, and cut cake evenly in half using a long serrated knife. Set aside.
MASCARPONE COCONUT FROSTING:
- 1 (15oz.) can full-fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
- 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
- 1/3 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1/3 cup toasted pistachios, chopped
Scoop out thick coconut cream from the top of the can of chilled coconut milk, and discard the clear liquid. Add coconut milk, mascarpone, cream cheese, cream of tarter and vanilla to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix over medium speed, slowly adding confectioners sugar - a little at a time - until frosting is thick and well-combined.
Swipe a bit of frosting on the cake stand or plate where you will be placing your cake (this will keep it from moving). Add first cake layer to the pan, frost well leaving a thick layer at the top of the cake. Add second cake layer and frost, using a cake spatula to frost evenly around to connect the two layers. Add reserved chopped pistachio and flowers to decorate. Keep cake in the fridge until serving.