Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Simple Berry Layer Cake
On Wednesday it was my 19th Birthday. It was a great day I had my Ice cream, Custards, and soft desserts class for 5 hours and then came home to family and friends where we went out to dinner and then ate this terrific cake my mum made. It was perfect, the past few weeks I have been making many different cakes for orders, most with different fillings and complexity so this was such a great change. Simple. Delicious. Perfect. Something else great is it has fresh berries in it. I think this cake and California weather is messing with my mind I feel like it's summer(I already have a severe sunburn). So this is a great cake to make for a Sunday dinner or for a summer barbecue.
Simple Berry Layer Cake
1 C a.p. flour
1/4 C cornstarch
6 large eggs, plus 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
1 C granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C vegetable oil
4 C heavy cream
1/2 C confectioner sugar
1 pint of strawberries sliced in half
1/2 pint blackberries
1/2 pint red raspberries
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans, put parchment paper cut out of the size of the bottom of the pan in. Into a large bowl sift together flour and cornstarch, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the whole eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, salt, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Beat on high until thick and pale about 5 min, scrape down the bowl as needed.
Add flour mixture to the egg mixture. With mixer on low speed until just combined, then steadily add the oil until combined.
Divide batter between the two pans and put in oven. Rotate half way through. Take out when cake tester comes out clean about 30 minutes. Immediately invert onto a wire rack to cool.
In the bowl of a electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine cream, confectioners sugar, and remaining tsp of vanilla. Starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium high, whip until stiff peaks form, about 2 Min's.
Using a serrated knife, trim the top of the cakes to make level. Slice each cake in half horizontally into two layers.Place one of the bottom layers on a serving plate. Spread a quarter of the whipped cream over the layer; arrange a quarter of the mixed berries on top. Repeat with remaining cake layers, cream, and berries. Serve!