Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake & Cookbook Giveaway!

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As mentioned in my previous post, the Nutriplus Pastry Competition and baking demos were held in conjunction with the launch of the cookbook Think Out Of the Shell Volume II . If you have not read about my experience in the Pastry Competition, do head over the post now (oh shameless self promo here)

ThinkOutOfTheShell

Think Out of the Shell, Volume II by NutriPlus was created to showcase the rise of patisserie in Malaysia. The book’s tagline is simple, yet meaningful: Artistry. Creativity. Passion. The 10 chefs featured in this book have shown creativity in creating their art, fueling their efforts with passion and persistence.

During the launch of the cookbook, I was fortunate to have met these talented bakers, tasted their yummy bakes and attended 2 demo sessions. Nicole Goh of Babycakes Sweet Shoppe demystify the art of making macarons for me. Making macarons was appear daunting to me, and I’ve never thought I would attempt it. Nicole makes making macarons look so easy, like she can do it even in her sleep. Even though she have made thousands of them, sometimes it doesn’t turn out right too. Every step has to be so precise. It’s all about practicing, practicing, practicing.

Nicole Goh from BabySweetCakes demonstrating strawberry macarons, even she’s wearing matching pink outfit

The macaron shell that sprinkled with crushed rose buds smells so lovely  and the strawberry ganache is easy to pipe. The shell was crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle.  What a gorgeous sweet treat. One day, maybe one day..

The other demo I managed to attend was right after my competition. Chef Li Goh (was also one the judges during my competition) made a Gluten Free Apple Raspberry Cake. She just threw everything together with such ease within minutes that she has everyone at awe. There’s something about her carefree free-spirited debonair that had me wanting more of the food she prepares. Everyone just gobbled down a small piece of the cake even though it was still hot from the oven. I’ve heard so many rave reviews about her cafe Haute Food Co and it’s such sad news that she decided to close it down to have more time with her family.

Chef Li Goh from the popular The Haute Food Co demonstrating the wholesome gluten free Apple Cake

Is it no surprise that the 1st recipe I decided try is the Chef Li Goh’s gluten free cake? The recipe in the cookbook uses apple and redcurrant, with suggested variations of Pear & Raspberry, Peach and Blueberry, Apples with Walnuts or Banana with Dark Chocolate Chunks. Usually bakes with buckwheat & almond flour makes a dense & dry texture, but this cake is so moist and delicious! I immediately ate 2 slices for breakfast and 1 slice for dinner and the cake tastes even better the next day. In my next attempt, I will further reduce the amount of sugar and replace some butter with olive oil.

Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake Quoting Chef Li Goh “Why couldn’t we have dessert like this everyday if it’s filled with goodness ingredients?”

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Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake
 
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Gluten Free Apple Strawberry Cake - with almond & buckwheat flour. Simple yet deliciously recipe that never fails to impress. taste even better the next day.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 pieces
Ingredients
  • 250g Butter
  • 200g Sugar (I used 150g brown sugar)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla paste / extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 180g Almond meal (ground almond)
  • 60g Pecans - finely chopped (can substitute with almond/walnut)
  • 30g Buckwheat Flour
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Large Green Apples - cored and thinly sliced
  • 10 Strawberries - sliced half
  • 2 handfuls Almond Flakes
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon Powder
Instructions
  1. Beat butter, sugar & vanilla paste together at medium speed. Slowly increase to high speed.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time.
  3. Mix in almond meal, pecans, buckwheat flour and salt by hand.
  4. Prepare a 20cm round tin by greasing and lining the base and sides with parchment paper. (Do not skip this step or the cake may stick to the tin
  5. Pour the batter into the cake tin, then lay green apple & strawberry slices on top of batter. Top with almond flakes and scatter the cinnamon sugar (combine sugar + cinnamon powder)
  6. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180C until inserted cake needle comes out clean, about 50-60minutes.

 

Just As Delish is offering 3 lucky readers to go home with the cookbook worth RM70 each, courtesy of Nutriplus! Joining this Giveaway is easy. The more steps you complete, the more chances you’ll get!

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  • Giveaway only Open to Residents of Malaysia
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  • Contest begins on 20 Nov 2012 & ends at 12.01pm on 27 Nov 2012.
  • Results will be announced within a week. No email notification will be sent, so please look out for announcement here or in Facebook. Make sure you Follow This Blog Via Email (right-hand side of the blog) & have the announcement delivered right into your mailbox!
  • Winners will have 48 hrs to acknowledge their winnings in the comment box, or another winner will be selected. GOOD LUCK!

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Think Out Of The Shell Volume II is available for sale at MPH Bookstores.

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30 Comments

  1. YUM! Love this lovely fruity cake ! Bookmarking this recipe! How nice that you can join this awesome event & get to met the chef! :)
    KIT recently posted..Raspberry & Chocolate Entremet For 1st Blog AnniversaryMy Profile

  2. Gluten-free apple strawberry cake….. you’ve done it again with a fantastic-looking gluten free holiday recipe (that I can’t wait to try). Would even like to feature (and, of course credit link to you) on my website (www.whatsglutenfree.net). Thanks and keep up the good work.

  3. Hi Shannon,
    Nice to “meet you”, stopping by from Lena’s!
    Your apple strawberry cake looks so delicious, I love baking with almond meals!
    That seems like a great book, just went to MPH today, but did not see the book there! I’ve just entered the giveaway, don’t know whether I did it right!
    Keeping for fingers crossed! Thank you for hosting and have a lovely weekend!

    • Hi Kitchen Flavours, Nice to meet you too. Thanks for dropping by and joining the giveaway.
      Hope you get to try this cake, you can use plain flour instead of buckwheat flour. The texture will be nicer.
      Have a great weekend too.

  4. Ooh, that looks so delish! I have been experimenting more and more with gluten-free baking (as well as dairy free too), but rarely use buckwheat except in pancakes. I will give this a try. One thing I have found with gluten-free baking and using the heavier flours and meals is that if I whisk the egg whites separately then fold into the nearly-there mixture (that includes the yolks), the result is MUCH lighter. My polenta cakes are very light ever since I discovered this trick.

    • Oh Kelly, thanks so much for the tips. Will try whisking the egg whites next time. But I think a lighter batter might not be able to take the weight of the fruits on top. Well I’ll just mix in the fruits then, will taste delicious too!

  5. hi shannon, just sent in my entry. Hope i’ve done it correctly. I will also be posting a apple cake tomorrow but seriously, your cake looks very nice . Have not tried baking with buckwheat flour.
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  6. I don’t have to read about it … I was there for the live performance! and you were just fantastic!
    I love the looks and sound of this cake and would really like to have a go at it. But if I were to use plain flour in place of the buckwheat flour, would it be the same in weight?
    ping recently posted..Thanksgiving Roasted Duck & Sundried Tomatoes PastaMy Profile

    • Big Hugs for you Ping! I’m so touched you stayed the whole 3 hours, I wanted to tell you it’s ok to go jalan jalan, 3 hours is quite boring to sit and watch :)
      Chef Li Goh demonstrated with plain flour + almond flour, the weight is the same. The texture with plain flour is less dense and nicer

  7. Love the gluten free apple strawberry cake recipe. I’ll like to modify and make them for the humans and tails at home:D
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  8. Shannon, I like this cake lah. Looks good to eat and best of all it seems quiet simple. Just kacau-kacau and bake. My type of cake! I am never lucky in contests. Besides, I don’t tweet leh! Haiya, got to sendiri spend money and buy the book. Hee..hee….:)
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  9. Hi Shanon, what a wonderful sounded cake. I love baking with buckwheat. Seems like it has such unique aroma that I love about. And still loving to bit.
    http://kristygourmet.blogspot.com/2011/03/gluten-free-buckwheat-cake.html
    Thanks for visiting & looking forward to see you around. dear.
    Kristy
    kristy recently posted..Gluten-Free & Vegan Yeasted Buckwheat Muffin With Dried ApplesMy Profile

  10. I have only baked a gluten free cake once, this looks like a delicious one to try too!
    Jeannie recently posted..Oatmeal cookies and an onion bread….My Profile

  11. Love the addition of apples and strawberries to this cake. So pretty!
    EA-The Spicy RD recently posted..Recipe ReDux: Not my Great Aunt Sena’s Green Pea SaladMy Profile

  12. I recently moved to Malaysia with my boyfriend and he has a gluten allergy. I’ve used some of your recipes for him and so far he really likes them. Thank you for sharing!
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  13. Wow..the cake is super duper tempting dear! Beautiful I would say. So good you could see the bakings Live!

    Trying my luck!!! ;)
    Love2cook Malaysia recently posted..Prawn Masala Curry…My Profile

  14. I follow you via email!
    mjskit recently posted..Glazed Carrots with SageMy Profile

  15. Lucky you to have been able to meet the authors of this cookbook and eat some of the goodies. the strawberry cake looks delicious and it’s hard to believe that it’s gluten-free!
    mjskit recently posted..Glazed Carrots with SageMy Profile

  16. I love gluten-free bakes. Thanks for sharing. Nice to meet you :)
    Hankerie recently posted..Almond Cream Puff with Raspberries CreamMy Profile

  17. Babycakes macarons are one of my favs, esp their salted caramel flavour. I like apple cake too, but usually I find them not very attractive (I always have to dress them up). Yours look great though!
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  18. WOW! Looks pretty and yummy! I definitely like to try this out as I love all the ingredients used.
    Ann@Anncoo Journal recently posted..Apple Walnut BrowniesMy Profile

  19. Ah I so wished I could participate! Next time. =)

    Looks like you had lots of fun there. I haven’t dared yet to show my face to such public events. I am kind of shy. XD
    But if you would be living near by and there was a contest like that, then I d have joined with you for sure!
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    • I also wish it’s a worldwide giveaway.. next time :)
      you had done a professional course, at least you are more qualified than me to join a pastry competition. Yes it would be so fun if you can join together with me :) There were 3 other bloggers who joined, so it’s a “little” less nerve wrecking :)

  20. Oooo…cake looks gorgeous. No, thanks…I am hopeless at following recipes. Will be disastrous. Good luck to all taking part!

  21. I changed the way I eat many years ago to a healthier diet after being sick for almost 6 months. It was the only thing that helped me. I always cooked from scratch & enjoy cooking. I love discovering new recipes & I alter many of them if there’s ingredients that are not for me. I love recipes that are Just As Delish!

    • Hi Randy, thanks for sharing your story. I’m happy to hear that a healthier diet have helped you get better. Please do get connected on facebook or google+, would love to learn from your made from scratch recipes too.

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