The Nutcracker Cake

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Looking for the perfect cake that will impress your guests at the Christmas dinner? Well, then you should definitely try our Nutcracker cake that looks exactly as it tastes: ✨spectacular! ✨. It can’t get more Christmassy than this! 🎄

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time:  2 hours

Total time: 2:10 h

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Course: dessert

Cuisine: Vegan

Servings: 10-12

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INGREDIENTS:

🎄250 g all purpose flour

🎄500 g coconut sugar

🎄1 tsp baking soda

🎄1 tsp baking powder

🎄1/2 tsp salt

🎄2 tsp ground cinnamon

🎄1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

🎄1/2 tsp ground ginger

🎄1/2 ground cloves

🎄350 g butternut squash puree

🎄1 seeded vanilla bean

🎄60 ml grapes oil

🎄1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

🎄1 flax egg (1 Tbsp ground flax seeds, 3 Tbsp hot water)

🎄1 kg mascarpone

🎄150 ml plant-based milk

🎄200 g walnuts

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut a butternut squash in half, extract the seeds and spray it with olive oil
  2. Put it in the oven, face down, for 1 hour at 220 degrees Celsius
  3. When it’s done, let it rest and, in the meantime, start preparing the cake

To prepare the cake:

  1. Set the oven at 180 degrees Celsius
  2. In a round baking tray (24 cm diameter) place a parchment paper and spray it with oil
  3. Into a mixing bowl, add the flour, 300 g coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves 
  4. Prepare your flax egg by adding 1 Tbsp ground flax seed and 3 Tbsp of hot water, the let it rest for 2-3 minutes until it has an eggy texture
  5. Mix the flax egg, the butternut squash puree, oil, vinegar and vanilla seeds (extracted from the bean) with the rest of the ingredients in a mixer, until you get a creamy texture
  6. Place the batter in the baking tray and cook it in the oven for 40 minutes. To check if your cake is ready, insert a toothpick in the centre and if it comes out clean, it means that it’s done
  7. Transfer it from the tray and let it rest until it’s cool

💡Now, you need to cut the cake in half. In order to do it perfectly, you can place toothpicks all the way round to mark the center. Use a dental floss (or a normal thread), place it under the toothpick guide and carefully pull towards you.  Then, separate the parts. 

To prepare the walnuts:

  1. Place a parchment paper on an oven tray and bake the walnuts for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius
  2. When they’re done, chop them in large chunks with a knife

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the mascarpone, 200 g coconut sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and as you mix, add gradually the plant-based milk
  2. Then, add the roasted walnuts into the filling.

To assemble:

One layer of cake, one layer of filling and then top with walnuts. 

💡In order to get a more aesthetic look, use the top of the cake as the base layer, but make sure to place it face down.

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