Party Cakes : Daring Bakers Challenge

Triple layered Almond-Pistacho-Vanilla Cake with Chestnut Mousse Filling in Choco-butter cream Frosting served with its individual Chocolate Coated Strawberry


During my recent escapade in Philippines for holidays, I kept on wondering if I will have enough time to participate in DB’s challenge for the month of March upon my return. But when I’ve heard that Morven is sponsporing a Dorie’s Party Cake challenge I knew I couldn’t miss this on earth. Not that I’m good at it. In fact, baking cake is never my cup of tea but I have always love eating them (and who doesn’t). Cakes have been part of our daily lives specially during those important occassions. Although personally, I have never had my own cake nor blew its candles during my birthdays growing up. I don’t blame my parents for that. They were too poor to afford one in the first place. Anyways, I wonder how this all started, I mean preparing cakes for special events. I guess I have to google it up.

Care for a slice?

Morven was generous enough to give us liberty in expressing ourselves freely on baking this challenge. I must admit I drool on all those cakes other DBers have done. A certified chocolate and strawberry lover that I am, for this month’s challenge I give you my latest kitchen creation. Hold your breath (for the title is too long) : Squared triple layered Almond-Pistacho-Vanilla Cake with Chestnut Mousse Filling in Choco-butter cream Frosting served with its individual Chocolate Coated Strawberry.


For the Cake
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups whole milk or buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 ½ cups sugar
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
half a cup of chopped pistachio and almonds, vanilla extract


For the choco Buttercream
1 cup sugar
4 large egg whites
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
150 g of bittersweet chocolate

Decorations:

fresh strawberries, chocolate sauce and cocoa powder


Getting Ready
Centre a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 9 x 2 inch round cake pans and line the bottom of each pan with a round of buttered parchment or wax paper. Put the pans on a baking sheet.

To Make the Cake
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
Put the sugar a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant. Add the butter and working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.

Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk and eggs beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Finally, give the batter a good 2- minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Divide the batter between the three pans and smooth the tops with a rubber spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the cakes are well risen and springy to the touch – a thin knife inserted into the centers should come out clean.Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unfold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature, right side up (the cooled cake layers can be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to two months).

To Make the Choco-Buttercream
Put the sugar and egg whites in a mixer bowl or another large heatproof bowl, fit the bowl over a plan of simmering water and whisk constantly, keeping the mixture over the heat, until it feels hot to the touch, about 3 minutes. The sugar should be dissolved, and the mixture will look like shiny marshmallow cream. Remove the bowl from the heat. Working with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer, beat the meringue on medium speed until it is cool, about 5 minutes. Switch to the paddle attachment if you have one, and add the butter a stick at a time, beating until smooth. Once all the butter is in, beat in the buttercream on medium-high speed until it is thick and very smooth, 6-10 minutes.During this time the buttercream may curdle or separate – just keep beating and it will come together again.
On medium speed, gradually beat in the melted chocolate, waiting until each addition is absorbed before adding more, and then the vanilla.You should have a shiny smooth, velvety, pristine white buttercream. Press a piece of plastic against the surface of the buttercream and set aside briefly.


48 comments:

Manggy said...

Yum! I guess by now you can get a birthday cake anytime you want to :)

linda said...

Well, you really went creative on this one! Looks so delicious!

judy.serrao@gmail.com said...

Hi there..the cake looked nice...the pic with the cake slice and the strawberry looked tooooooo cool.

Anne said...

Everything in the cake sounds lovely! I'm sure it tasted heavenly as well :)

Ann said...

Wow! Fabulous variations! And so pretty!

Ben said...

Now this is what I call a challenge well executed. I love the combination of flavors you chose and I wish I could take a big bite of your cake right now :D

Rosie said...

This is fabulous!! You have been very creative with this months challenge - well done :)

Rosie x

L Vanel said...

Wow, it looks really delicious! Thanks for sharing that amazing chocolate iced party cake!

Deborah said...

What a gorgeous cake, and it sounds delicious!

Suzana said...

Oh my, that's sinful! I love the flavour combo and the way you've assembled the cake - perfect!

RecipeGirl said...

Yum- going chocolate was a great idea!

Meeta said...

oh my gosh - have i died and gone to heaven. This sounds and look simply gorgeous! Well done!

Mary said...

I think you get the award for the longest name. :) Seriously, it looks amazingly yummy!

Gabi said...

Wow a real stunner! Perfect job and just coming back from vacation- that's dedication!
xoxo
Gabi

Gloria said...

Beauty cake Dhanggit, so nice!!!xxxxxGloria

Tarah said...

Oh, I just love your cake! Beautiful. And it kind of has like a... Rustic look to it. I love it! Lovely job!

maybahay said...

wow, that is a mouthful of a name to give a cake :-)
but i wouldn't mind a big slice of your fabulous creation.

Kate / Kajal said...

yeah the name is reallllllly big ... but surely what a gr8 combinations of flavours. Well done girl !

Megan said...

That name is a mouthfull. I wish I had a mouthfull of that cake!

culinography said...

My word, that is a truly gorgeous cake! Outstanding work with this month's challenge!!

Rachel said...

Love all the flavours you mentioned...And yes I do care for a slice of that :D

Gigi said...

wow wow wow! you were certainly creative! it all just looks so delicious ...mmm!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, a wonderful cake! Very creative! That cake must be delicious! A great idea...

Cheers,

Rosa

haze said...

Looks tempting ! But I need to control myself on sweets, is there a diet cake lol ?

Big Boys Oven said...

gosh! we did not have time to do this cake, yes it is not a difficult one but we were exhausted doing those difficult ones! lol!

ChichaJo said...

Your cake looks so yummy! Great flavors! :)

tigerfish said...

I like the idea of choco buttercream!

Cakelaw said...

Yum - what a great flavour combination!

TERESA said...

Yum¡¡¡
Sweet chocolate¡¡¡

Beautiful Cake, It look Delicious¡¡

TERESA

Kevin said...

Nice cake! I really like the sound of the chestnut mousse

ruthEbabes said...

Wow..... just wow!!!! My mouth is watering reading about your cake!

~Amber~ said...

Wow, what a decadent looking cake, amazing! Great job.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Welcome home! It looks like your wonderful vacation has inspired you! This cake! Yowza!

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

Decadent & to die for Dhanggit! It deserves a name as celebrated as that. It's utterly beautiful...I love the flavours & the colours. BTW, I made your molten hearts a while ago; they were fabulous & chocolatey as heaven!

kimberleyblue said...

It's a whole different cake! I love the direction you took it in, you certainly made it your own.

It sounds (and looks) delicious!

Half Baked said...

Way to be a Daring Baker and really go for it! Beautiful and sounds delish!

sunita said...

D, your cake looks amazing...what a combination of flavours...perfect!!

Nan said...

I think your cake is one of the most original and different I've seen yet! Congratulations on this month's challenge!

mimi said...

beautiful cake, and so different, i love it! almond, pistachio, and vanilla - sounds like a trifecta of yumminess!

glamah16 said...

You really expressed yourself. Those flavors are out of this world!Great job.

oggi said...

I wish I can have a big big bite of that beautiful cake, the chestnut mousse sounds divine!

chriesi said...

Mmm it looks beautiful! I love it.

Sidney said...

Triple layered Almond-Pistacho-Vanilla Cake with Chestnut Mousse Filling in Choco-butter cream Frosting served with its individual Chocolate Coated Strawberry....


Now that sounds YUMMY !!!!!

Cakespy said...

Yay, you are back..and WHAT A WAY to come back--this cake looks simply ravishing. The texture of your frosting looks like it melts rewardingly in the mouth.

KayKat said...

Mmm ... chocolate ... mmm ... chestnut mousse ... and nuts ... and vanilla ... I'm drooling now!

JMom said...

Beautiful cake, Dhanggit! Love the chocolate and strawberry combination :) lovely photo.

Miss Ifi said...

Wow!! that cake looks like a piece of heaven!!! Congratulations on your extremely well done challenge!!! *steals a piece of your cake and several strawberries*

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

Lovin' it! What a fabulous choice in flavor combinations.