Garden cake recipe

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  • Yield: 10 Servings


  • Nonstick spray or softened butter for pan
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks/180 g) unsalted organic butter, softened
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks/180 g) unsalted organic butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (160 g) organic granulated cane sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 large pasture-raised eggs (100 g)
  • ½ cup (60 g) hazelnuts, toasted and chopped, plus ½ cup (60 g) toasted and crushed
  • ¾ cup (110 g) packed grated red beet (about 1 medium beet)
  • ¾ cup (110 g) packed grated carrot (about 1 medium carrot)
  • ¼ cup (30 g) diced pineapple
  • 1½ cups (200 g) organic unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 cups (450 g) Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup (150 g) separated mandarin orange or clementine segments
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) convection. Line an 11-inch (30.5 cm) round springform pan with a parchment round, coated with nonstick spray or brushed with softened butter.
  2. Combine the butter, granulated and brown sugars, ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Paddle on high speed for 8 minutes, then scrape down.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and whip to combine well. Add the ½ cup (60 g) of chopped hazelnuts, the grated vegetables, and the pineapple and paddle to combine.
  4. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and paddle until just combined.
  5. Place the cake batter in the pan and bake for 50 minutes until medium golden brown, turning halfway through that time. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool completely before unmolding.
  6. Spread the Cream Cheese Frosting evenly over the single layer of cake, coating the sides. Top the cake simply with the crushed hazelnuts and the orange segments.

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