It was my big sister’s birthday last week and I had promised to bake her a cake. A gluten-free one. I started planning and browsing the net for different recipes because I don’t have any gluten-free ones.
First, I settled for a lovely picture of what I thought would be a cherry cake and started baking. In the making of the cake, I realised that it was a French pancake recipe. Then I turned to Pinterest and found these lovely layer cakes @callmecupcake my Linda Lomelino. The recipe sounded good and certainly I can bake a ‘roll cake’, I thought. The chocolate-Nutella cake turned out delicious but it looked like a cake for two and took a lop-sided shape of the Pisa tower! What was wrong? Was the thought of my niece who is to be a bakery chef too much of a challenge that made my cakes flop? Still in the morning of the birthday I did not have a cake ready and it would be humiliating to take her a bakery cake.
It was a Thursday morning, the birthday, and the day for the food section in the paper (Helsingin Sanomat). This time the story would be on cakes! This coconut cake is the recipe from the supplement and by Suvi Ruster. It was a success and the following day I baked another one (with ordinary flows and no chocolate topping).
Coconut cake bottom: 100 g butter, 2 eggs, 1 dl milk, 2 dl sugar, 2 tsp psyllium husk, 4.5 dl gluten-free flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 dl coconut flakes, 1 tsp vanilla, butter for the form.
Berry filling: 5 dl mixed berries, 1/2 dl sugar, zest of a lime, 2 tbsp potato flour.
Chocolate topping: 100 g butter, 100 g dark chocolate and 1 dl cream
Topping: mixed berries and fruit
Turn the oven on to 200 C. Melt the sugar and let cool for a while. Whisk in the milk and eggs, and the psyllium. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. Mix all the dry ingredients together and whisk them into the butter-milk mixture.
Grease a cake thin with removable bottom and pour in the batter. Pour on the berry mixture and press the berries into the batter. Bake for 30-40 minutes until done.
Let the cake cool and decorate with berries. Pour on the chocolate topping and finish with chocolate candy.
The cake was a success, and actually the “Pisa cake” too. We enjoyed them both with ice cream.
I baked another one the following day for another sister. I replaced the psyllium with oats and used ordinary flour. The filling and topping in both the cakes were black, red and white currants, raspberries, goose berries and cherries, all from my garden.