Almond/ Carob Celebration Cake
This is a cake I made for Govardhana Puja at the end of October, but you could use it anytime as a celebration cake. To get the shape, I cooked the cake in a greased and floured stainless steel bowl (to represent the hill). You could split, fill with frosting and reassemble the cake if you want, but I didn't bother and it was yummy anyway. The frosting was date syrup, carob powder and Sweet Freedom syrup (fruit concentrate and carob extract), with desiccated coconut shaken up with a few drops of green food colouring (for the "grass"). you could use buttercream if you like, but I wanted to make this cake vegan. To the basic cake recipe (see my post 16.12.10) add a couple of generous teaspoons of natural almond essence; this makes the flavour a bit more special. To finish, I just put a few nice flowers and some flat-leaved parsley from the garden on top and around the bottom- et voila! I also surrounded the cake with "rocks" of peanut butter/ carob sweets (peanut butter, icing sugar and carob powder) and made some chocolate cupcakes too.
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