In Russia New Year Is actually bigger than Christmas. It is the most loved holiday by everyone and we do prepare for it well. There is usually lots of food and drinks involved:)
Although I leave in Europe now, I still like to honour this tradition and always prepare a beautiful cake. Any occasion becomes more special with a beautiful and delicious cake made from feel-good ingredients.
This cake is vegan gluten-free and it tastes so festive like a big celebration(of the good food):) It is nutty with lots of warming spices and a thick layer of raspberry jam in the middle. You can use buttercream for the frosting but I have chosen whipped coconut cream which balanced the sharp raspberry layer perfectly.
I used rum and seasonal oranges for brushing the sponges, which helps to keep them moist and gives a different flavour profile. But if you want you can keep this cake alcohol free and add maybe a tablespoon of maple syrup and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the orange juice prior brushing the sponges.
To decorate this cake I went a straightforward route, I sprinkle it with coconut to imitate the snow and added vegan gluten-free gingerbread stars to the sides of the cake and gingerbread man to the top of this spiced cake. It looks super cute and takes minimal effort:)