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Raw Four Layer Cake. Or Dairy free Torte

Imogen Taylor - Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Once you get the hang of working with these raw ingredients; it is easy to improvise, and to interchange one idea with another.

This 4 layer cake comprises a nut and date base; a caramel layer, a jaffa mousse layer, and then a dark chocolate ganache.

Recently, I made individual desserts of similar composition; only instead of the caramel layer, I did a carrot/coconut layer. You can make it up as you go along...

This dessert was a labour of love; made for a close friend who enjoys sweet treats. Left to my own devices, I would probably never go to such lengths!
But I loved the process. And am always keen to explore new techniques.
To follow are my findings...


for the base
1 cup cashew nuts, soaked
1 tbsp whole linseed
1 tbsp ground almonds
1 cup dates soaked
1 heaped tbsp coconut oil
Blitz all ingredients in a food processor and pour into a springform pan with removable base. Put in the fridge to set while you make your next layers.

1 cup dates
1 ½ tbsp almond butter
1/3 cup pure organic maple syrup (or to personal taste)    
1 cup raw cashews (covered and soaked in water for an hour and then drained)
½ cup coconut oil, melted

Melt the coconut oil in a bowl over hot water; let it cool before adding to the other blitzed ingredients otherwise the mixture will split. Put into the fridge to set.

Jaffa Layer
2/3 cup raw cashew nuts, soaked overnight then drained
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tbsp orange rind
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup cacao powder
100g coconut oil, melted

Put the cashew nuts,orange juice and rind, maple syrup and pure cocoa powder in a food processor and blitz thoroughly. Wait for the melted coconut oil to cool a little, then add to the other ingredients and blend till smooth. Pour on top of the caramel layer

Chocolate Ganache

Use good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa content); melted into a small quantity of coconut oil. Once you have gently stirred these together, pour over the jaffa layer which has set in the fridge.



Cashew Nut Caramel layer
Option 1. (using tahini). This has a slightly bitter flavour which not everyone is going to love! If you are doubtful, I would skip this and go to the Cashew Caramel layer (see option 2)
½ cup tahini
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
a pinch Himalayan salt

Option 2. this is a standard raw cashew caramel recipe.

12 fresh dates, pitted
half cup almond butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt (use a mineral rich salt if you please)?

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