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  • Vegetarian Diet

    Diet based on cereals, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruits and other animal foods such as honey and eggs. Excludes meat, fish, mollusks.

  • Nuts Free Diet

    It is usually followed when someone is allergic to nuts.

Present cake

Method

For the cake layers

  • Preheat the oven to 180° C (356° F) set to fan.
  • In a mixer’s bowl, beat the butter and sugar with the paddle attachment firstly at low speed and then at medium speed, until the mixture turns fluffy, white, and double in volume.
  • Add the eggs one by one, waiting each time for the mixture to be homogenized before adding the next egg.  
  • Add the vanilla extract and flour.
  • Continue beating until the mixture is homogenized.
  • Remove from the bowl and divide the mixture into three buttered and floured baking pans or 15 cm round cookie cutters. If you want, you can line them with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. To check that they are done, stick a toothpick inside and if it comes out clean, then they are ready.
  • When the cake layers are ready, remove them from the oven and set aside for 15 minutes to cool.
  • Lastly, take them out of the baking pans and set them on a rack to cool completely.

For the buttercream

  • In a mixer’s bowl, beat the butter with the paddle attachment at medium speed for 2 minutes, until fluffy.
  • Add the sifted sugar in 2 batches and after the first batch, add the milk and vanilla extract.
  • Keep beating for 3-4 minutes with the paddle attachment, by increasing the mixer’s speed to medium-high, until your mixture is fluffy and has plenty of volume.
  •  It is ready when the sugar has been almost dissolved into the cream.

To assemble

  • Place one of the three cake layers on a working surface.
  • Spread the ¼ of the buttercream with a spatula.
  • Add one more cake layer on top, and spread again the ¼ of the buttercream.
  • Lastly, add the third cake layer.
  • Cover the cake all around with the remaining buttercream and make its surface smooth by using a big spatula or a knife. It helps if you have set the cake onto a base.
  • The smoother the buttercream is, the more uniform the result with the sugar paste will be.
  • Place it in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until the buttercream thickens well.

For the sugar paste

  • By wearing gloves, start kneading the sugar paste with your hands, until it softens.
  • Add the blue food coloring paste and keep on kneading with your hands until the whole sugar paste turns blue.
  • The more color you put, the bluer your sugar paste will be. Your goal is to have a light blue sugar paste with an elastic texture so that you can work with it better.
  • Spread a big piece of parchment paper onto your working surface, place on top of it the sugar paste, and roll it out with the special rolling pin.
  • Sprinkle with a little bit of icing sugar, so that the sugar paste doesn’t stick to the parchment paper.
  • Be careful of maintaining it round shaped all the time while you roll it out. You want the sugar paste to be 4 millimeters thick and its diameter 4-5 cm bigger than the cake’s diameter.
  • Carefully take the sugar paste and cover the cake with it.
  • While spreading it, be careful to not leave any gaps between the sugar paste and the cake, so that there won’t be any bubbles.
  • With your hands, work the sugar paste’s surface quickly, until the sugar paste sticks to the buttercream, and work with it all around the cake until you reach its bottom.
  • Cut the excess sugar paste and cover it airtight with plastic wrap.
  • You can use this piece of sugar paste for future use.
  • With the special spatula, smooth the sugar paste entirely on the cake.

For the bow

  • With the same process, roll out the remaining sugar paste and add the red food coloring paste, until the sugar paste turns pink.  
  • Roll it out in a 30x30 cm square.  
  • Cut two 10x30 cm strips and one 5x15 cm strip.
  • Brush some margarine on the two large strips.
  • Spread the first strip on the center of the cake (as if you are dividing it in half) from the one side of the base until the other. Cut if there is any excess strip piece.
  • Turn the cake 90 degrees and, with the same way, stick the second strip on the cake. The one strip is vertical to the other and at their merging point, you will place the bow.
  • Place in front of you the 5x15 cm strip.
  • Fold the one side towards its center and with your fingers «wrinkle» it carefully, so to create some «pleats».
  • In the same way, fold the other side towards the center.
  • Do not press the bow too hard.
  • If you want, put some kitchen paper between the bows until the sugar paste thickens, for more volume.
  • From the sugar paste that has remained, cut a 2x4 cm piece and cover the merging point of the bows.
  • Place the bow onto the cake and serve.

Tip

The remaining sugar paste, we fold it well with plastic wrap and we seal it in an airtight bowl for future use.

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Nutritional
Chart

Nutrition information per portion

648
Calories (kcal)
32 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

27.0
Total Fat (g)
39 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

16.0
Saturated Fat (g)
80 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

96.0
Total Carbs (g)
37 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

48.0
Sugars (g)
53 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

4.5
Protein (g)
9 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.4
Fibre (g)
6 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.17
Sodium (g)
3 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo 917a1b6ba55874b5d139866e10c236ccff8cbaa226cb4c05ba54efca0b20cc63

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