This is not a cake 'cake' with a sponge, and its not a cheesecake though on first glance that is how it appears.
This is a Butternut, Mango and Orange Marigold Layer Cake, which I have also pretentiously dubbed as Sunrise Cake.
The bottom is an almond crust, the middle Mango and butternut Squash filling is infused with Mango sweetness and then the topping finished off with a zingy zesty orange jelly made with agar agar and then finished off with a light scattering of dried marigold flower petals - all depicting colours of the Sunrise.
I was impressed with myself, though I have to admit the rice paper butterflies actually look a little out of place, here or maybe dare I say it tacky - I did like the scattering of the dried marigold petals.
This is not a very sweet cake, needs a squirt of (soya) cream to cut the richness of the butternut mango filling and the sharp twang from the orange topping. Its also a very big cake, you can slice it in 8 pieces generously or in 14 slices. I took some of it into work and shared it with my friends and some colleagues from omnivores to vegans and told them this Butternut, Mango and Orange Marigold Layer Cake was a Raw, vegan and gluten free cake. They were all very impressed and said they felt virtuous and quite light eating it.
Vegan Mofo theme this week is Complimentary Colours. In this Butternut, Mango and Orange Marigold Layer Cake aka Sunrise Cake, I exhibit different shades of gold layers from the gold in the almond crust base, to the warming butternut filling and the bright orange topping.
I am hoping to make this Sunrise Cake again, so will share the recipe for this Butternut, Mango and Orange Marigold Layer Cake then. It is vegan, raw and gluten free. But today I am sharing it with Healthy Vegan Fridays hosted by Rock My Vegan Socks and V Nutrition.