This cake was a funny little invention I’d imagined when I was meant to be working one afternoon; a stack of orange blossom water pancakes, sandwiched with lemon curd, and topped with saffron fairy floss and fresh figs. It actually came together at the last minute, in all its vegan, gluten-free glory.
2 1/2 cups organic GF Flour, or Spelt Flour
4 tspn GF baking powder
1 tsp Himalayan salt
4 tbsp organic olive oil
2 1/2 cups organic almond milk
2/3 cups orange blossom water
2 tsp organic vanilla bean paste
2 tbsp organic maple syrup
1 packet saffron pashmak (Iranian fairy floss)
lemon curd, or almond butter, for spreading between layers
4 – 6 fresh organic figs
fresh orange zest
To make the pancakes…
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the milk, oil, orange blossom water, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix until everything just comes together, don’t over mix, a few lumps are ok.
Heat a flat sandwich grill or crepe pan.
Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop into the batter and pour each pancake, one at a time, onto the flat grill plate. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the bottom is browned and then flip over for an extra minute until the pancake firms up.
This should make between 16-20 pancakes that you can then stack on top each other to make the cake.
Once the pancakes are cool, sandwich each layer with lemon curd, or almond butter, or a spread of your choice. Homemade Nutella would be pretty good too.
When you get to the height you’d like your cake to be, add a final layer of the lemon curd to give the pashmak something to hang on to and then pile some of the wonderful fluffy fairy floss on top. You can tease this like a 50’s hairdo so don’t be afraid to make it as big as you fancy. It was suggested my efforts resembled a wild mountain goat.
Place the halved figs in amongst the nest of pashmak and top with fresh orange zest.
I thought afterwards, it would have been clever to put a skewer through the middle to help the cutting process because things did get a little slippery slidey towards the last few pieces of cake.
Brew the tea and make yourself a little party.