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Old 03-03-2008, 07:14 PM
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Layered Blueberry & Cream Cake

There was a serious shortage of coconut oil in my cupboards for the past few weeks as I was anxiously waiting for a raw food order to arrive. You know how it goes: "It might arrive in the mail tomorrow so no point in buying some at the local HFS for twice the price, right?" Talk about creating havoc in a kitchen though; the list of dessert recipes I wanted to try was getting longer by the day, I tell ya!

When the order finally made it to my neck of the woods (hee haa), I decided to celebrate with Mishka's Blueberries and Whipped Cream Cake - an ingenious variation of my Strawberry Shortcake that she made using blueberries. Since I still have tons of blueberries in the freezer (yay!), how could I resist? (Ahhhhh! Me and desserts...)

I was in the mood to get fancy, so I assembled my cake in several layers. Unlike Mishka, I used only one batch of whipped cream and opted for the blueberry filling from my Bliss-full Blueberry Cheesecake recipe.

All I can say is "Wow!" The Strawberry Shortcake is one of my personal favorites so I admit that I wasn't the most objective of recipe testers. (I just LOVE the cake layer - so light and subtly flavored.) But even Manu was impressed! I figured he deserved an extra big piece since he did such a good job with presentation.



Layered Blueberry & Cream Cake

This recipe is for a 7" diameter springform pan

Cake
3/4 cup well packed soft dates, chopped
1 cup loosely packed left-over pulp from making milk (wet pulp is fine) or ground almonds*
1 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup cashews, ground
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

* If using ground almonds, you may need to add a little water for moisture.


Blueberry Layer
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed)*
1/2 cup dry cashews, finely ground
2 tbsp melted coconut butter
1 tbsp melted cacao butter
1/8 cup raw honey or agave nectar (I used both)
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch salt

*If using frozen blueberries, make sure they are well thawed and at room temperature to avoid the honey turning rock hard during blending.


Whipped Cream
1 cup cashews
1 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh coconut milk (simply blend 1 part dried coconut with 3 parts water in high speed blender)
3 tablespoons raw honey or agave nectar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
1 tablespoon lecithin*

*Lecithin is derived from soybeans and acts as an emulsifier. Look for lecithin (preferably non-GMO), in granules or powdered form, at your local HFS. If using granules, make sure to grind them up in a high speed blender of coffee grinder.

If you don't have access to lecithin, you can replace it with 1 tbs + 1 tsp psyllium flakes (less if you're using powder). Please note that the consistency won't be as fluffy and hold its shape as well at room temperature.


Blueberry Sauce:
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
3 or 4 small soft dates, soaked


To make the Cake:
Place dates in food processor and process until a smooth paste forms. You may need to add a little water. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.

To make the Blueberry Filling:
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until completely smooth. Pour into a container and set aside in fridge or at room temperature until ready to assemble.

To make the Whipped Cream:
Blend all ingredients except lecithin until smooth. Add lecithin and blend until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a container and set aside in fridge or at room temperature until ready to assemble.

To make the Blueberry Sauce:
Blend blueberries and dates in high speed blender until smooth. Add soaking water until desired consistency is reached.

Assembly:
Layered cakes always look so impressive, but don't be fooled; they aren't that hard to assemble at all. All it takes is a bit of patience (and of course time) while the mixtures set in the freezer before proceeding with the next layer.


10 Easy Steps for Assembling this Layered Cake


Step 1 - Grease a springform pan with a little coconut butter or line a large margarine tub with plastic film.

Step 2 - Begin by evenly pressing half of the cake mixture on the bottom of the pan. (At this point, you might want to have a look at my friend Mosaica's tip to save on assembly time!)




Step 3 -
Top with 1/2 of the blueberry mixture. Set in freezer.




Step 4 - When firm, pour 1/2 of the whipped cream mixture and set in freezer.




Step 5 - When completely firm,form another cake layer. (This is particularly key at this stage, as you will need to slightly press the cake batter unless you're using Mosaica's trick explained below.)




Step 6 - Top with the rest of the blueberry mixture and set in freezer.




Step 7 - Lastly, when firm, pour the remainder of the whipped cream filling and return to freezer.




Step 8 - When the cake is set, gently remove it from the springform pan.




Step 9 - Cut pieces with a sharp knife and place on a serving plate. (See Notes)




Step 10 - If desired, decorate with blueberry sauce and a few blueberries.


Mosaica's Tip:
My good friend, Mosaica, just gave me a super trick to save on assembly time. (Thanks, dear!) Once the bottom layer (cake) has been pressed, simply loosen your pan and gently take out the cake layer. Set aside (you can wrap it in a foil and put it in the fridge). This will later become the second cake layer. Next, tighten the hinges on your pan and press the second half of the cake mixture on the bottom. Top with the blueberry and whipped cream fillings, as per the instructions. Once the latter has firmed up, you can then place the cake layer that you have already pressed on top and proceed with the rest of the cake. She says this method really cuts down on freezer time and makes the second cake layer more even.

Carmella's Notes:
~ Leave the mixtures in the fridge or at room temperature during the assembly process so that these can pour easily and evenly. If the fillings have set too much, simply melt down over a hot water bath while stirring.

~ In order to obtain distinctive layers, it's key to let each set in the freezer before applying the next layer.

~ To help keep the layers 'clean' while cutting the cake, put your knife under running hot water then dry it with a towel. Proceed to make a cut. Repeat this step between each cut. (Yah, yah, I know it sounds like a lot of work, but hey, remember that we taste with our eyes first!)

~ For a simpler version of this, put the cake layer, followed by the blueberry layer. Let set in the freezer. When firm, top with whipped cream. (In other words, skip steps 5, 6 and 7 and use the entire mixture for each layer.) Set in the freezer until ready to serve. If desired, decorate with blueberry sauce and fresh blueberries. Perhaps not as impressive but definitely still as delicious!

Enjoy!!!



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Old 03-03-2008, 07:34 PM
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Hey Carmi, I can't get enough of this cake, I just keep coming back and drooling here...

Here is useful a trick for making the second cake mixture layer. As you've said, that's the tricky part and you have to freeze the cake for quite a long time before it's ready to be pressed with the second cake layer, right? Now, last time I've made a cake with 2 cake layers I discovered a trick: when you've made the first (bottom) layer, you simply loosen your pan, gently take out the cake layer and put it aside (you can wrap it in a foil and put it in the fridge). This will be the second cake layer later. Then you press the second half of the cake mixture on the bottom of the pan (don't forget to close it tight) and continue with the filling. After your filling is hardened enough, you just place the ready second cake layer on the top of it and continue. So no need to wait too long, since you won't need to press it hard. Hope you could follow me? I found this method really cuts on the freezer times and makes the second cake layer more even.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:18 PM
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Hang on... I'm terrible with visualizing instructions! lol

So... You take the first half out and put it in the fridge. Then assemble the second layer, right? Hum, but doesn't the first section still need to be quite set in order to do that? *scratching her head*

What about when you put the second layer on top of the other one... Was it tricky?

(Sorry if I sound skeptical, I'm just making sure I understand. )
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:22 PM
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Hang on! I think I gotcha!!! I thought you meant to assemble the first 3 layers and THEN take it out! lol But you mean only the cake layer, right? Yeah, it totally makes sense now! I did something similar once, shaping the second cake layer onto a plate and then transferring it to the pan (actually, I was using a margarine tub back then.) It was difficult, however, to get the second layer to be the exact right dimension. No such problem with using a springform pan though. Yippee!

Danke, Mosaica!!! What a GREAT trick!
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I was hoping you'll understand. Explaining things is something I always get lost in middle of the process.
No difficulties with putting the layer back, since it fits the pan perfectly. So yeah, a nice lil' trick.
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:49 PM
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Thank you so much! I'm totally stoked about it now that the light bulb went on. In fact, I've even added your instructions to the original recipe, with due credits, of course!
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:05 PM
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You're welcome, Carmi. I'm glad if I was able to make it easier for all of us in the future. And I'm really honoured for being mentioned in the recipe.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:41 PM
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Awh...Carmella it's beautiful!!!!!!!!! You just gave birth to another awesome creation! I love this site!!!! You definitely get the drooling going on....

Mosaica what an awesome tip girl!!! I wouldn't have thought of that!

I just made the blueberry cake again yesterday...but did 2 layers of blueberry and 1 of whipped cream...I liked it even more. Gotta love them blueberries!!!
Next time I'll definitely give this one a go the extra layers are fun and it...looks scrumptous!
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:36 AM
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Mmmmmmm... 2 layers of blueberries and 1 whipped cream sounds awesome. So, just to be sure: did you do cake, blueberry, whipped cream, blueberry or cake, double blueberry, cream?

Man, I love raw! So much to experiment with! Hee haa!
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Old 04-08-2008, 08:08 AM
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Carmella, I would love to make this cake, it's the most beautiful & delicious one ever. But I cannot get cocoa butter here, could I substitute it and use a bit more coconut oil? Or is that a bad idea?
Keep up your great work!!! xoxox
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Diana,

I think coconut oil will do just fine. Do let us know how you it turns out, ok?
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I made this at about 11:30 one evening to take the next day to a gathering. I was easy and so wonderful and good and pretty and everyone LOVED it!!!
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I made this at about 11:30 one evening
Whoa! You're a courageous woman!

Glad it was such a hit!

PS. I love your hairdo!
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Thanks on the "do". Why not? Life is too short not to play with it and have fun and freak folks out at the same time. I'm thinking Don's beard would look awesome with some color - LOL!!!
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