You can watch me make this badass cake on RTE playback’s archive here… just click on November 1 2015.
The demo is at the beginning of the episode (at 1:20 minutes) and the assembly of the cake’s layers is much later in the programme after Mary McAleese (at 39:50). It looks like a giant halo, and in some ways I guess it is.
Celebratory Cake (for a wedding, 40th birthday party, or your belly)
It’s hard to suppress the memory of my making this cake at a demo last year. And receiving a standing ovation. It was one of the most mortifying and confusing moments of my life. I must have missed a beat, but suddenly I was parading around the room holding it like the cup of Christ. I think they call this Jerusalem Syndrome. Anyway, no one was harmed.
For the biscuit base:
- 3 & ½ cups walnuts
- 10 pitted medjools dates, or pre-soaked regular dates
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
For the filling:
- 4 & ¼ cups raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight
- 250-300ml raw honey or light agave syrup
- 190ml melted coconut oil
- Flesh of 3 very ripe mangos (optional)
- juice of 2-3 lemons
- 4-5 tablespoons freshly juiced or minced ginger
- 4 teaspoons dried turmeric
- Edible flowers or rose petals, to decorate
You’ll need to oil 3 springform tins, of ascending sizes like in the photograph. These are a special type of baking tin usually used to make cheesecakes and fancy tortes. You’ll find them on Amazon. I use mine every single week.
To make the base for all 3 tins, briefly pulse the listed ingredients together using a food processor. A blender will puree the ingredients, so it’s really essential to use a processor here. You might need a tiny splash of water to bring it all together. Stop the motor when the dough starts to clump together. Spread the nutty dough over the bottom of each of your 3 springform tins.
Place in the freezer to chill.
For the filling, drain the cashew nuts and discard the soaking liquid. Cream the softened cashews with the remaining filling ingredients until smooth and glossy. This should take 2 minutes in a blender or food processor. Taste, and see whether you’d prefer more mango or ginger. It will taste much milder once set, so keep that in mind. Pour this creamy luminous filling over your 3 bases and return to the freezer until set.
Allow the cakes to thaw for 5 minutes before removing from their tins, and stacking on top of one another. Parachute some edible flowers (actually, any flowers will do because no one ever eats them). With a bit of luck, you’ll only suffer from Stendahl’s syndrome.
With thanks to Google HQ for the very groovy suite of photos during their staff demo last September. xxx