Birthday cake for a country
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Ingredients

  • 6 oz (170 g) dates, chopped and with stones removed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (240 ml) water
  • 1/3 cup (100 g) honey
  • 2.7 oz (75 g) butter, softened (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) canola or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavouring
  • 3/4 cup (190 g) plain flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 150 g chopped pecans
  • 5 oz chevre (goat cheese), at room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, in honor of Canada Day (or icing sugar if you want a pure white background for your flag)
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries or any red berry in season
  • 1/3 cup raspberry jam (if making the layer cake)
  • 1/3 cup whipped cream (if making the layer cake)
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam (to paint the maple leaf)

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