I’m currently on a Netflix binge: Downton Abbey. Yes, old news, I’m afraid. Nonetheless, a period drama with a sassy Maggie Smith. What’s not to love? Only thing missing is Alan Rickman. Maggie Smith’s character Violet Crawley is the beacon of Victorian English sass. Just look at her best burns. So the inspiration for this Almond Cake with Earl Grey Cream Frosting drives from the lavish tea and luncheons at Downton Abbey and screams English High Tea.
This almond cake sports a lovely citrus note and is topped with a vegan Earl Grey cream frosting. So yumm! When it comes to tea, I love to buy Sirocco special blends. Lovely tea, fantastic craftsmanship and gorgeous packaging.
This recipe for a vegan Almond Cake with Earl Grey Cream Frosting is:
- Vegan (no dairy, no eggs)
- No added white sugars
This almond cake sports a lovely citrus note and is topped with a vegan Earl Grey cream frosting.
- 200 g ground almonds (blanched)
- 2 rbsp. flaxseed flour (ground flaxseeds)
- 2 apples
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 4 limes
- 1 tsp. potato or corn starch
- 1.5 tsp. baking powder
- 35 g maple syrup
- 280 g silken tofu
- 15 g agar-agar
- 20 g maple syrup
- 100 ml extra strong earl grey tea
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and grease a round cake tin, approx. 18cm diameter. Prepare the flaxseed egg: mix the flaxseed with 130ml warm water and mix well. Set aside. Place the almonds in a bowl, add the baking powder and starch. Combine well. Cut the apple into pieces and blend well, using an electric blender. Add the vanilla to the apple mush. Now grate the 4 limes and add the zest to the mix. Save some zest for decorating. Add the juice of 2 limes. Blend all well. Add the flax egg and blend again. Now add the rice syrup, blend well and combine with the ground almonds. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin and bake for about 25 minutes. Let the cake cool off in the oven, before removing.
Earl Grey frosting
Brew 100ml of very strong Earl Grey Tea (I used 3 tea bags). In a small pan, bring the tea and the agar-agar to boil and let it steep for about 2 minutes. Agar-agar is a jelly-like substance that is obtained from algae. It serves as a vegan gelatine so to speak. Mix the tofu with the maple sirup, using a blender. Now just pour the still hot agar-agar mix to the tofu. Combine it well and spread evenly around the cool cake. Finish of with some lime zest. Keep in the fridge, so that the frosting can set.
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