This is a quick bread with ratios similar to a rich muffin or cake like brownie. Oat flour may have traces of gluten but it helps reduce the crumbliness of buckwheat, millet and corn flour products.
|Trial Three showing the interior texture. I ran out of frosting.
Orange Buckwheat CakeTrial 1
Makes one 8 inch by 8 inch pan, bake at 350’F for about 35-40 minutes
***This combo is good but a little dry and stringy. Commercially purchased Coconut Pecan Frosting was the perfect finish which led to Trial Two with raisins and walnut additions.
1 cup Buckwheat Flour
1/2 cup Oat Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 stick/ 4 Tbs Butter melted or 1/2 cup Oil
1/2 tsp Orange Oil Extract
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Apricot Nectar or Orange Juice
|Trial one and two = lots of cake to eat.
Orange Buckwheat Cake – Trial Two – I’m aiming for a variation of Carrot Cake. the coconut by itself stands out as an odd stringy texture that suddenly needs to be chewed more than the rest of the quick bread. When carrots and coconut are used with raisins or chopped nuts the combined textures and shapes blend into a mixture that makes chewing expected and more natural.
1. Let soak while gathering the other ingredients: Trial Three – the raisins were a little odd but the level of moistness was better.)
5.5 oz can Apricot Nectar 2/3 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Golden Raisins 1/2 cup Coconut Flakes
1/2 cup Coconut Flakes 1 cup chopped Walnuts or Pecans
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
2. Whisk Dry Ingredients together:
1 cup Buckwheat Flour 3/4 cup Buckwheat Flour
1.2 cup Oat Flour 3/4 cup Oat Flour
1/2 cup Sugar 3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3. Beat the eggs and oil and then add to the flour along with the soaking fruit and nut mix.
2 Eggs 2 Eggs
1/2 cup Oil 1/2 cup Oil
1/2 tsp Orange Oil Extract 1/2 tsp Orange Oil Extract
1 tsp Vanilla Extract 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
|Bake King cake pans with sliders. eBay
4. Bake in a 8 in by 8 in square pan for 45 minutes or in two 9 inch round cake pans for about 35 minutes or when they pass the clean knife blade test and the center springs up lightly when pressed.
*** I put Trial Three in two cake pans. The batter is excessive for one pan but a little short for two. Trial Four, eventually, will test a larger batch size of Trial Three to better fill two cake pans with no other modifications to the ratios or ingredients. It’s good just short and dense.
My mother used the Bake King cake pans with a center slider. Buttering or oiling the pan and then sprinkling that with flour is the traditional method for improving the chance of getting the cake out of the pan unbroken.
|Some bakers trim the edges and flatten one layer before frosting.
PS – The orange extract is good with the strong flavor of the buckwheat but just the vanilla would probably also be good. I used Apricot Nectar in Trial One and Two because it is less acidic than orange juice. If using orange juice substitute 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda for the 1 1/2 teaspoons of Baking Powder. The Baking Powder has an acidic component that would be unnecessary if Lemon Juice, Buttermilk or Orange Juice are used in the recipe.
PPS: The orange juice plus baking soda worked very well in Trial Three.
PPPS: This type of frosting is traditionally used on German Chocolate Cake and only the top of the layers are frosted. The crisp edges would not be trimmed away when using Coconut Pecan Icing.
- Ovenex Cake Pans with Sliders -[link] a brand that seems comparable to Bake King. The center of the cake pans have a slider attached that cuts the cake loose from the bottom of the pan. The center of Trial Two stayed behind as I removed the cake from the square pan.