One year of Lab Noon, the Virtual Birthday Party, Friuty Birthday Cake for Summer & a GIVE-AWAY!

Lab Noon's Fruity Birthday Cake | Torta di Compleanno di Lab Noon -3Lab Noon officially turned one on June 19th. I remember how very confused, extremely tired and incredibly excited I was to launch the blog after many months of work. The blog was supposed to be written three languages, English, Italian and Persian. I decided to omit Persian after a short while. My first ever recipe quickly became an all time hit! Though now looking back I see many things that I would’ve done differently. Lab Noon's Fruity Birthday Cake | Torta di Compleanno di Lab Noon -9

It’s been an amazing year. I have said long thanks to all supporters in the invitation to this virtual birthday party. Here I want to thank all these lovely and talented food bloggers, who have accepted my invitation and prepared lovely cakes/dessert to share with you for #LabNoonsBirthdayParty. Some of these bloggers have been inspirational to me even before I started blogging and some I discovered in this one of year blogging. Some of them I have met in person or know them more personally in some way, some were pure strangers that reached me and joined the party. I am so glad I’ve known you all. Big, acclaimed ones, and new comers. I wish I could hug you one by one, and taste your cakes. Thank you everyone, really. 

Lab Noon's Fruity Birthday Cake | Torta di Compleanno di Lab Noon -11Bellow you will find a list of all the food bloggers who have taken part in Lab Noon’s vitual birthday party and their recipes. (I have tried my best to be organized and get the right link to everyone, but if you get a error please let me know and I’ll fix it). Lab Noon's (virtual) Birthday Party-1-2

Secondly, I want to thank once more Paola from Pauta Pot who generously gives these two beautiful, handmade, birdy cups as a give-away for our party. You can win these cups simply by writing a comment under this post, about the recipes and Lab Noon’s birthday. Then I will extract a name randomly and we will send you those cups! Please remember that  free shipping is available only in Europe.

The Recipes of the Guest Food Bloggers for Lab Noon’s Birthday Party (in alphabetical order)

Lab Noon’s Fruity Birthday Cake for Summer

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My idea of home made cake is something simple and rustic. Of course I would love a proper, nice & fancy cake (like many of the recipes above really put me to shame for how beautiful and perfect they are). But cakes that I like to make are simple, and very homy, filled with nutrient ingredient, so that with a sweet treat you can more than just empty calories. Recently I am always using more fruit in the batter and on topping of cakes that I make. Inspired by some natural jams and confections that use apples or apple juice as sweeteners, I have reduced the amount of sugar in my cakes dramatically and I have substitute it with apples! Both apple puree or grated apple work. Apple puree is cooked (so more time need), more smooth, but can also be much more watery. Grated apples brown easily (no matter how much lemon juice you add), some pieces could be bigger than others, but it gives a very nice texture and moistness to the cake.

Lab Noon's Fruity Birthday Cake | Torta di Compleanno di Lab Noon -12I use grated apples in this recipes. There’s no all purpose (00 flour); I have used farro flour and semi-whole wheat flour. I have also used oats —one of my most favorite ingredients—, for both the texture and nutrition. For the topping I have used only fresh fruit, with a very simple and loose ganash; which is basically some white chocolate and milk, poured on the fruit topping.

Lab Noon's Fruity Birthday Cake
Serves 6
This amount would make a small pound cake or a 6"/15cm pan. I doubled the size and made two small pans in order to have two layers. The caramel color is due to the use of whole brown sugar.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
For the Cake
  1. 350gr apples (or two large apples, or 3 small ones)
  2. 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  3. 80gr whole brown sugar
  4. 3 medium organic, free range eggs
  5. 3 heap tbsp of melted coconut oil
  6. 100gr farro flour (or whole grain flour)
  7. 50gr whole grain flour
  8. 50gr rolled oats
  9. 6gr baking powder
  10. 80gr almond flour (minced almonds)
  11. vanilla
  12. cinnamon
  13. a pinch of salt
For the Topping
  1. Fresh fruit of the season (peaches, berries, apricots etc)
  2. 70g pure white chocolate
  3. 20ml (vegetal) milk
  4. vanilla extract
  5. Mint leaves for garnish
Fruity filling
  1. 1/2 cup strawberries and/or other berries
  2. 1 tbsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C/ 350° F/Gas mark 4.
  2. Grease and dust your pan.
  3. Grate the apples (I used a small food processor) with the lemon jouce and set aside.
  4. Beat the eggs with sugar until you get a foamy, pale cream. The add the grated apples; Mix will and the oil.
  5. Mix the oat in the batter.
  6. In a different bowl, mix all the flours, salt and the baking powder. Gradually add the dry mix to the batter.
  7. Pour in the cake mold and back for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. It's a very moist cake, so it takes time.
  8. Let the cake cool down completely.
  9. In a food processesor mix the (straw)berries and the maple syrup until you get a smooth liquid.
  10. Melt the chocolate in bain marie in a small pan and graually add the milk while stirring in order to get a loose ganash.
Assempling the Cake
  1. If you have made a one thick cake, carefully cut the cake in half, to get two layers. If you have baked two seperated layers, start with the bottom one.
  2. Spoon the berry mix on top and let it penetrate as much as possible. (This cake is very compact, so it won't absorb the liquid quickly).
  3. Once you're satisfied with the wetness of the bottom layer, carefully place the top layer on it.
  4. Chop bigger pieces of fruit, such as peaches and apricots into wedges. Cover the top layer with fresh fruit that you have.
  5. Gently pour the ganash over the fruit so that it would cover and drip off to the top layer of cake.
  6. Leave in the for 1/2 one hour before serving.
Lab Noon http://www.labnoon.com/

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Saghar Setareh

Saghar Setareh

Saghar is a Rome-based visual storyteller, currently focussed on food photography and blogging, and curation and management of digital content, where puts her specializations in graphic design, and web & social media strategy to good use.
Coming from Iran, she mostly develops her recipes by combining the aromas of the middle east with the flavors of the Mediterranean, specially Italy, where she has found her second home.
Saghar Setareh

23 Comments One year of Lab Noon, the Virtual Birthday Party, Friuty Birthday Cake for Summer & a GIVE-AWAY!

  1. cristiana

    Happy first birthday! This cake is very yummy: simple and beautiful! Thank you for your recipes Saghar!

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  2. saeed

    Tanti auguri! I am a big fan of your cooking. Thanks to share it with us. Wish to celebrate it for years and years.

    Reply
  3. Valeria Angie

    Auguri!!!
    Alla fine non c’è l’ho fatta a partecipare :( mi è dispiaciuto moltissimo ma non ho avuto proprio tempo! Mi organizzo per l’anno prossimo
    La torta di frutta è meravigliosa, farro, avena … Insomma contiene tutto quello che mi piace! E le foto beh, stupende comune sempre!
    Ancora auguri!!!

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    1. SagharSaghar

      Grazie mille Valeria! Non ti preoccupare! Capisco e come. Vedi quanto tempo ci ho messo a sistemare qui. La torta è semplicissima, e troppo salutista, pochissimo zucchero e tutte le cose buone :)

      Ho anche delle good news per te! You’re the winner of the give away according to random.org!!! :) Congrats!

      Ti contatterò per i dettagli! :)

      Reply
  4. Frankie

    Such a beautiful blog! I only stumbled upon Lab Noon because of the birthday recipe posted on Hortus Cuisine. 1 year older and 1 new fan! Feeling very inspired, thank you :)

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    1. SagharSaghar

      Yoohoo! Hello Frankie and welcome! This is the wonderful thing about collaborative blog posts, everyone finds something new. Thank you for being here :)

      Reply
  5. Lena P.

    You have such an amazing blog. Happy 1st Birthday Lab Noon! I can’t wait to see what else is to come, and try a couple of these recipes, especially the Earl Grey Tea Mousse.

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  6. amendoeiraemflor

    I came across LabNoon during the voting for this years’ Saveur blog awards and it caught my attention right away. I was really glad had found such a nice food blog based in Rome that day. You have created a such nice blog here Saghar. Really interesting recipes and great photos. Plus, I appreciate so much that you are sharing your original food culture even if you are in Rome and I can relate to that. Hope you keep up LabNoon for many years to come. Happy Birthday!

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