I have to say I am facing very strange climatic conditions this winter. Its dry and sunny, but that sun is just here to fool me, since its very very cold.
And I am used to cold winters, with negative degrees and snow but this .. this is different.
Its cold that enter your bones and no matter what you dress you get frozen.
So, I decide to stay as much as I can indoor. I cook, bake, knit and then again I cook, bake and knit ..with reading in the middle.
So, no surprise I baked this cake second time this week. First one with two layers disappeared so fast that I decided to bake another bigger one and write about it, since it does deserve all the attention.
But then we go back to beginning, winter sunny light. I am telling you, its a struggle. Light is so strong these days that I just decided not to fight it but go with a flow and capture all its beauty (with the cake in the middle).
I still prefer gray sky light that Lisbon offers but when you work with natural light and strong light is the only one you are getting for days .. it had to be.
Hope you all have a nice weekend and dress well before going out!!!
Vanilla Cake with Mascarpone Cream
(adapted from Small Victories by Julia Turshen)
makes one three-layer 18cm cake
For the cake:
225g spelt flour
190g good quality coconut sugar
1½ tsp baking soda
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
160ml olive oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
240ml almond yogurt
1½ tsp vanilla extract
For the cream:
250g mascarpone cream
1 tbs icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs sour cream
100g raspberry jam
For the frosting:
80g roughly chopped chocolate
70ml rice cream at room temperature
10ml maple syrup
Make cake: Preheat your oven to 180C . Grease and flour three 18cm cake pans.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add olive oil, eggs, yogurt and vanilla and whisk until batter is smooth. Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans.
Bake in preheated oven until cakes are firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Transfer cakes, still in their pans, to a wire rack and let them cool completely. Once cool, use a dinner knife to loosen edges of cakes from pans and invert them onto a work surface.
Make cream: Place mascarpone and sour cream in a bowl and mix well. Add icing sugar and vanilla and mix until you get smooth cream.
Make frosting: Meanwhile, bring a small pot of water to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer. Put chocolate in a large heatproof bowl and set it over the pot (the water should not touch the bowl — if it does, simply pour some out). Stir until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in rice cream and maple syrup. Frosting should be smooth and silky. Refrigerate frosting until the cakes have cooled.
Once the cakes are cool, put one on a serving platter upside down so that the flat side is facing up. Spread 50g raspberry jam over and half of the cream on top. Put second cake on top of the jam-slathered cake, flat-side up and again spread the rest of the jam and cream. Put third cake on top of the jam-slathered cake again flat-side up.
Using a small offset spatula or a dinner knife, spread frosting all over side and top of cake.
Let the cake sit about 1 hour before serving. There’s something about letting each element get to know the others that serves this cake very well.
*If you have just one cake pan simply pour batter into pan and bake until toothpick tests clean. When it cools completely, use serrated knife to cut into three layers.