The Lonely Garden Cake

I came up with the concept for this cake when fashion label Lonely Hearts and I decided to do a collaboration. The idea was to base a cake on one of their new season prints, and we ended up choosing an intricate floral design, which inspired this cake – aptly named ‘The Lonely Garden Cake’.

It’s moreishly moist thanks to the plentiful use of ground almonds, and is topped with a delicate rose-y icing, which ties in perfectly with the Turkish Delight and pistachios.

Overall, it’s a simple yet impressive cake, and is pretty to look at as well as delicious to eat.

Lemony Almond Cake with Rose Water Crème Icing, Pistachios and Turkish Delight

225g butter, softened
225g golden, unrefined caster sugar
4 organic eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g spelt flour
225g ground almonds
zest and juice of 1 large unwaxed lemon

Rose water crème icing:
200g crème fraîche
30g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp rose water
zest of 1 lemon

Topping:
roughly chopped pistachios
rose Turkish delight, cubed
lemon curd (optional)
dried lavender petals or heads (optional)
fresh rose buds (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180ºC fan bake. Grease and line a 22cm cake tin.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until pale, light and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, along with the vanilla.

Gradually fold in the flour and ground almonds, then the lemon zest and juice.

Pour the batter into the cake tin.

Bake for approximately 45 minutes. The cake is ready when it is golden in colour, springy to the touch, and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool for around 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Meanwhile, make the rose water crème icing. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat all the ingredients until a smooth, glossy consistency is reached.

Once the cake is fully cool, apply a generous layer of the crème and decorate with the roughly chopped pistachios and cubed Turkish delight. A swirl of lemon curd on top, lavender petals and rose buds are optional.

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– Jordan Rondel, Undone Girl

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