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Clean Cakes
Fragrant rosewater subtly infuses this sumptuous Middle Eastern-inspired cake. The alternating layers of delicate thin sponge with the unctuous whipped coconut cream create an exquisitely light cake. Shaved fresh coconut or toasted flaked coconut makes the perfect final touch.

Serves 10–12

Posted by Creative Publishing international Published See Creative Publishing international's 96 projects » © 2020 Henrietta Inman / Jacqui Small · Reproduced with permission. · Clean Cakes: Delicious pâtisserie made with whole, natural and nourishing ingredients and free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar by Henritta Inman, photographs by Lisa Linder is published by Jacqui Small, £20.
  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5. Line the bottom of an 18 cm (7 inch) loose-bottomed cake tin with greaseproof (wax) paper, then grease the edges with coconut oil and lightly flour with gluten-free flour.

  • Step 2

    In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with half of the coconut sugar and the
    desiccated coconut and rosewater. In a freestanding mixer or with a handheld
    whisk, whip the egg whites with the salt until firm and fluffy then whisk in the
    remaining coconut sugar. Very gently fold in the egg whites to the yolk and
    coconut mixture, about a third at a time, making sure to mix very lightly until
    just combined.

  • Step 3

    Pour into the cake tin and bake for 20 minutes, rotate the tin and bake for a
    further 15 minutes, or until the top is dark golden brown, bounces back when
    you touch it, and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
    The dark brown colour of the cake is normal. Leave to cool.

  • Step 4

    Make the vanilla coconut cream by folding the vanilla seeds and honey or
    coconut nectar into the whipped coconut cream. Divide roughly into four.

  • Step 5

    When the cake has cooled, carefully cut it into three layers using a large serrated
    knife. The bottom layer might look a little wet, but do not worry. Dab each layer
    with a little rosewater, using ½–1 tbsp in total. Sandwich together the layers of
    sponge, using a palette knife (frosting spatula) to spread a quarter of the cream
    onto each layer, including the top of the cake. The final quarter of cream should
    be carefully spread around the edges of the cake so the whole cake is encased in
    the cream.

  • Step 6

    To finish, cover the whole cake with the toasted flaked coconut and serve. Keeps
    for at least three days in the fridge.

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