Orange & Almond Cake Sandwich Cake (Dairy-free / Egg-free / Vegan)

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Clarks Maple Syrups. I adore maple syrup but used to consider it a luxury product that I would ‘treat’ myself to now and then.  That changed when I discovered Clarks Original Maple Syrup, which is a blend of maple and carob syrups.  It has that delicious, rich maple flavour but it’s cheaper than pure maple syrup.

Clarks Original Maple Syrup

If you’d like to find out a bit more about this syrup and its benefits as a sweetener compared to cane sugar, check out this short video by Bob Clark, the Founder and Managing Director. I didn’t know that the syrup was diabetic-friendly until I watched this!

Rather than an occasional treat, maple syrup is now used every day in our household for drizzling on porridge, overnight oats and pancakes, and for sweetening smoothies, no-bake desserts and treats (including those scrumptious cashew cream cakes 😉 )

I’ve also started using the Clarks syrups in my baked goods, including one of my family’s all-time favourite treats: Orange and Almond Cake.  This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog and I’m loving hearing all the variations that readers have tried on the original recipe.

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Lately, I’ve been baking this cake in sandwich tins and filling it with an orange and cashew cream frosting.  I usually run a mile from frosting as I find it sickly sweet and greasy, but I love this alternative version which I created taking inspiration from my cashew cream cakes. It not only tastes yummy, but it’s healthy and nutritious too! Now there’s two words that you wouldn’t normally associate with frosting!

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Just in case you’d like to give it a try yourself, here’s how I make it:

Products I used in this recipe
Chapatti Flour (a super fine, very cheap wholemeal flour, which I use for all my baking)
East End
Desiccated Coconut (from the world food aisle in Tesco)
Tesco Organic Rapeseed Oil
Clarks Original Maple Syrup, available
from Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s supermarkets and Amazon
Natco Cashew Kernels (from the world food aisle in Tesco)
Essential Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil (I buy mine from my local Harvest health food store, but it’s also available online).

Magimix 3200 Food Processor

I haven’t made a gluten-free version of this cake yet. If you make one yourself, please do let me know how you get on.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

 

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It makes me so happy when I’m able to give away products that I love, and today I’ve got one fantastic giveaway for you 😀

The kind people over at Clarks have given me a set of 4 Maple Syrups to give away on my blog. The lucky winner will receive one each of the following:

Clarks Pure Maple Syrup No 1 (Medium Grade) 180 ml
Clarks Maple Syrup No 2 (Amber Grade) 180 ml
Clarks Original Maple Syrup blended with Carob fruit syrup 180 ml
Clarks Vanilla Maple Syrup Blended with Carob fruit syrup 180 ml

This giveaway is being run using Rafflecopter. If you haven’t used Rafflecopter before, a short video demonstration can be found here. It’s pretty easy… you simply ‘log in’ by entering a name and email address (which won’t be published anywhere) or via Facebook, then you follow the instructions.

The main way to enter the giveaway is to leave me a comment below, answering the question featured in the Rafflecopter. Make sure you tick the box in the Rafflecopter to register that you have done so!

There are a number of additional ways you can enter in order to increase your chances of winning. You will find these listed in the Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified prior to the winner being selected.

The giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry international friends!)

The closing date is Sunday 29th September 2013 at midnight GMT.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER!

Good luck everyone!

Please note: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links – if you click on the link and purchase something I will receive a small percentage from Amazon which will goes towards the development of Bit of the Good Stuff. Thanks in advance!

 

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133 Responses to Orange & Almond Cake Sandwich Cake (Dairy-free / Egg-free / Vegan)

  1. with pancakes and bacon OR in with weetabix!
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  2. Karina

    Love maple syrup & carob, makes a fine sugar substitute!

  3. I like to use maple syrup in home made ice cream sundaes.
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  4. We love it on pancakes but also with apple pie and vanilla ice cream, yum!
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  5. Heather Haigh

    I love to mix some in my smoothies

  6. Michelle Clarke

    I love it on my morning pancakes to get the day going

  7. shakti

    thank you, man and kids happy.
    now, about nut cake… cannot work out web to get back so putting request here…sorry
    i love nuts, no comments please!
    i think a mixture of ground nuts makes a cake, sultanas and so quite plain but, heaven.
    gf, no yeast, no eggs and nuts, nuts, nuts……and thank you for kind reply too!

  8. Ciara

    I made this cake yesterday for my husbands birthday…served it with sparkling wine. It turned out amazingly well, so light and moist and very nutty. I didn’t have much time so I skipped the frosting and used apricot jam as you suggested and it was divine.

    Thank you for sharing the recipe in sandwich form, it was great.

    • Hi Ciara. Thank you so much for stopping by and giving me feedback. I’m thrilled to hear that it turned out so well for you! Love that you served it with sparkling wine too. What a lucky husband you have 😀

  9. Jasmine

    Hi the recipe looks amazing. Is the recipe for 2 cake tins or do i need to double the recipe?

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