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Shhhhhh.

Listen while I cut this cake! Snap snap snap…Each impossibly thin cinnamon layer crackles beneath the knife cushioned by layer after layer of whipped vanilla clouds. The luscious flavors of dark chocolate, billowy marshmallow cream, and spicy cinnamon crisps in each mouthful make for a hushed dessert, a dessert to savor.

I am particularly proud to bring you this dessert, a specialty of my Aunt Helle. She would keep the baked cinnamon rounds in a large tin, each cookie separated by circles of parchment paper. When company dropped by all she needed to do was whip up some cream and construct the layers of whip and cookies. The top layer was a disk ornamented with dark chocolate and almonds.

My sister and I would stand silent as kitchen mice watching as our aunt, like Rumpelstiltskin spinning straw to gold, whipped plain cream into billows of fluffy whip. We gratefully nibbled broken cookie shards, as our Aunt smoothed layer after layer of cookie with whipped cream, constructing a tower in brown and white.

One time we terrible little american girls decided to improve upon the cake by adding sugar to the unsweetened whipped cream when our aunt’s back was turned. We added a scoop of white crystals to the whipped cream and folded it it. Dipping a finger in and tasting the improved whipped cream we realized we had mistaken salt for sugar.

The cookies keep indefinitely in a cookie tin. In fact their flavor improves after a couple of days. This recipe makes enough for (2) 7 inch cakes, allowing for breakage. If you’re in a particularly humid area then make sure to place a desiccant packet into your tin to keep out the moisture.

Remember this is a Cinderella of a cake. It will turn into a pumpkin in a short time span. Eat is while is it is still a glorious carriage and be reminded of the ephemeral nature of the world.

“I carried recipes in my head like maps.” -Joanne Harris

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Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

Store a bunch of these spicy cinnamon wafers and you will be able to whip up (literally) an elegant show stopper of a dessert at the drop of a hat. This recipe makes enough dough for at least 2 cakes plus breakage (for the kitchen mice)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Danish
Servings: 8
Ingredients
Cinnamon Layers
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 13 tablespoons butter (vegan)
  • 3 tbsp Kahlua
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp thick aquafaba
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp cocoa
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 10 blanched almonds
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 Celsius). 

  2. Thoroughly blend sugar, butter, vanilla and aquafaba in a food processor or mixer. 

  3. Sift the remaining dry ingredients into a bowl and stir in the already mixed wet ingredients. You will have a batter/dough with the texture of stiff whipped cream.


  4. Cut parchment paper paper into 15 /12 " squares.  Now here you have two options.

     Method #1 

    If you are handy with an offset spatula (palette knife). You can draw a circle (mine are 7 inches) on each square of parchment paper in the size you want the cake's circumference to be. Place a small amount of dough (1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons) in the center of the circle and smooth the dough to a meet the edges of the  drawn circle.

    Follow this procedure with all the rounds until you have used up your dough. 


  5. Method #2 

    Here is the far easier method for making the rounds. Place 2 tablespoons of the soft dough between 2 sheets of parchment. Roll with a rolling pin until the dough is as large or slightly larger then the circle you wish to achieve. Now remove the top layer of parchment and place a printed out circle of paper on the rolled out dough and cut away any excess with a sharp knife.

    Follow this procedure with all the the rounds until you have used up your dough. 

  6. Bake the rounds for 13 minutes each and place them on a rack to cool.

  7. Melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil until it is spreadable. With your palette knife gently spread the chocolate on 2 or 3 of the now cooled rounds. Decorate with blanched almonds. You can go for simple or go for broke as I did in some of the photos above decorating with gilded cherries or  meringues.

  8. Once cooled you may store these in a tin and they will last until you are ready to assemble the cake. I place a desiccant package in my tins as it is quite humid here in summer.

  9. Place your aquafaba and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer.

  10. When ready to assemble, whip your aquafaba and spread it gently between each layer, placing at the top one of the chocolate decorated rounds. Now go eat it. Quickly.

 

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Aquafaba whip a'la Lynne Dic
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This streamlined recipe for making aquafaba whip is really the best out there. Check out Lynne's tips and tricks on Aquafaba (vegan meringue hits and misses) Facebook group

Course: Dessert, Topping
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup aquafaba from chickpeas or white beans
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
Instructions
  1. Place aquafaba, cream of tartar and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a balloon attachment. Turn the mixer on medium for a couple of minutes until the liquid is foamy and not so sloshy. 

  2. Now turn the speed up as high as it will go and whip for as long as it takes till you get stiff peaks. (7-12 minutes)

  3. Slowly add the sugar 1 tablespoon at a time while still whipping. Make sure the sugar is completely incorporated and there you have a lovely marshmallowy texture. Keep whipping until you have stiff peaks.

**Aquafaba is the liquid left over from cooking legumes. It was first discovered a french tenor named Joël Roessel. An american (at least I think he is american) named Goose Wohlt picked up the torch and furthered investigations into this magical liquid. It is seriously magical, the holy grail for vegans as they could suddenly whip up meringues and macaroons and use it in all sorts of innovative ways. There is a marvelous Facebook Group called Aquafaba (Vegan Meringues Hits and Misses). They are an amazing inclusive helpful innovative bunch of people. I highly recommend you check them out.

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  1. Aunt Helle’s cinnamon layer cake was my favorite cake. It was absolutely divine. I remember her showing me how she spread the cinnamon batter so that the resulting baked layers would be thin enough to melt in the mouth but not so thin that they would crumble when she tried to get them off the baking paper. It was a fine art and Aunt Helle was the master. As an adult I used to make this cake for guests when I really wanted to impress. It was a show stopper. When I stopped baking with eggs, butter and cream, I stopped making this cake. But – out of sentimentality – I kept my stack of baking paper rounds on which I’d drawn the correctly sized circles for the layers; I re-used these every time I made the cake. And now I can use them again!

    • I wish we’d found Big Helle’s tin.
      Livy came in while I was smearing the rounds of batter with an off-set spatula like BH used to do. She said no one would understand how to make those. So I came up with an alternative method. Sweet memory hat you got to learn from her hands.

  2. This cake looks amazingly impressive! And delicious, not to forget :-). But how to cut it? Doesn’t the construction collapse/break into pieces? (Yes, I’m already dreaming of being able to cut and eat it.)

    • Thank you. If the layers are thin enough it does not collapse. Even when made from whipped cream in the old days it still needed to be constructed and eaten pronto before the coach turned back into a pumpkin, as it were.

      • this cake I tasted for the first time way ,way back in the 1080s visiting BH – she had pampered me with a grand dinner – salad with red peppers, red onion and Feta – steak and potatoes – – and now she would introduce me to this delicious cake. I had never heard of a cake before containing whipped cream, a cake base and nothing more but chocolate at the top…
        It was Heaven – the taste, not too sweet, not too heavy – the crispy layers with cinnamon – no sugar – chock – a the perfect finale served with coffee.

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