Known in Florence as 'Schiacciata', this is a classic cake that's eaten during 'Carnival' which is the week before Lent. As the name suggests (schiacciata means flat) this is a rather shallow cake, but still moist and delicious. In my recipe, I add a pinch of saffron which gives the cake a lovely colour and flavour. It's traditionally decorated with icing sugar using a lily template (the symbol of Florence).
You can split the cooled cake and fill with pastry cream, whipped cream or a mixture of both!