Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Baking A Birthday Cake!

It's my mum's birthday today and we spoilt her a bit this morning at 6:30 with a flower bouquet and some nice gifts, and once she gets home I want her to have a birthday cake - obviously.
Now, I decided that I wanted to try out something new - which is very risky, and bake a spinach cake,
I've never tried one before, I've never made one before but I've read lots of good things about it!

This is a cake that has simple ingredients, but it takes a pretty long time to finish it all off.

The dough:
-350 g of frozen spinach ( I decided to go for the already creamy version)
-3-4 eggs
-1 cup of sunflower or rapeseed oil ( I used rapeseed oil)
-3/4 cups of fine sugar
-2 cups of plain flour
-3 teaspoons of baking powder
-2 tablespoons of lemon juice
-zest of one lemon

1) Defrost the spinach and make sure to get rid of the water excess.
2) Put the flour and baking powder into a bowl ( sift it first!).
3) In a separate bowl, put the eggs and sugar and mix them until you get a creamy/foamy texture. Towards the end of mixing, slowly add the oil, while mixing all the time.
4) Add the spinach, lemon juice and zest and mix it all together gently.
5) Then, to the spinach mixture, add the flour and baking powder and mix again.
6) Put the dough into a tin ( I've used a round one) and bake at 165 degrees for 40 minutes. ( Preheat your oven!) Once the cake is done, let it cool down.

The filling:
-250 ml of cream
-125g of mascarpone
-1,5 tablespoon castor sugar
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1) Make sure the ingredients are chilled. Mix them all together in a bowl until the mixture turns into a thick cream.

1) Cut the cake into two layers. The cake will probably have a little bump- cut it off and break it down into crumble.
2) Spread the cream on top of the lower layer, leaving a bit of cream for the topping.
3) Put the other part on top and spread the rest of the cream on it, and sprinkle the crumbs on top. Then add some pomegranate seeds and your cake is done! ( You can also use berries if you want)

Now this is definitely a special cake and it just looks so interesting! Also the taste is something I've never tried before! It is sweet, a bit zingy and you can kind of tell there is something "wrong" inside. However, the spinach does not taste bad, it is actually a cool combination of tastes ;)



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