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Monday, 20 October 2008

Introducing “The Cake Slice” – Cappuccino Chiffon Cake


I would like introduce you to “The Cake Slice,”this is a brand new baking group co-hosted by Giggi @ Gigi Cakes & Katie @ Apple & Spice and officially today is the launch date of our FIRST bake. The concept of this group is to discover a great baking cookbook and baking a cake each month from it all year long. The book that is chosen for this year is, “Sky High” – irresistible triple-layer cakes by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne. The cake chosen for our debut bake is Cappuccino Chiffon Cake.


This cake involves three espresso coffee chiffon sponge layers that are soaked in rum syrup (I used Tia Maria) and sandwiched together with a delicious vanilla whipped cream and the grand finally of a complete covering of vanilla cream over the top and sides of the cake. I then used a stencil to make a star design of cocoa powder for the finishing touches.



This Cappuccino Chiffon Cake is a real champion of champions with its fluffy light sponges and combinations of flavours and textures. A spoon cuts through with ease a sliced piece of cake, then as you take that first bite, an eagerly awaited explosion of exceptional flavours and textures mingle together. The taste to this cake is similar to what one would find in a Tiramisu dessert. I can promise you sheer heaven on a plate in cake form here, but be warned, this cake is very irresistible and you may find yourself just going back for that second slice!



Cappuccino Chiffon Cake
Makes an 20cm (8 in) Cake

Ingredients
For The Sponges
¼ cup of neutral oil (i.e. vegetable, canola or soybean)
6 eggs, separated
6 tbsp of freshly brewed espresso, cooled to room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 and 1/3 cups of cake flour*
1 and ½ cups of sugar, I used caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
Cocoa powder or cinnamon for dusting

*The recipe calls for cake flour but you can substitute this for plain flour by using ¾ cup of plain flour plus 2 tbsp cornflour.

Espresso Syrup
1/3 cup hot freshly brewed espresso
1/3 cup sugar, I used caster sugar
1/3 cup dark rum, I used Tia Maria

Vanilla Whipped Cream
3 cups of heavy (double) cream
1/3 cup of sugar, I used caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract


Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Line the bottom of three 20cm (8 in) round cake tins with baking paper or greaseproof paper but do not grease.

In a medium bowl, combine the oil, egg yolks, espresso and vanilla; whisk lightly to blend. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, 1 cup of sugar, the baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar on a medium-low speed until frothy. Raise the mixer to medium high and gradually add the remaining ½ cup of sugar. Continue to beat until soft peaks form. Do not whip to stiff peaks or the cake will shrink upon cooling.

Add the espresso-egg mixture to the dry ingredients and fold together just until combined. Add one fourth of the egg whites and fold them gently into the batter. Fold in the remaining egg whites just until no streaks remain. Divide the batter among the tins.

Bake the cakes for 18 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely in the tins. Once cooled run a knife around the edge of the tins to release the cakes. Invert onto a wire rack and remove the baking papers or greaseproof papers.

To assemble the cake, place one cake layer flat side up on a cake stand or platter. Soak the cake with 1/3 cup of the espresso syrup. Spread 1 and 1/3 cups of whipped cream evenly over the top of the cake. Repeat with the next layer the same steps. Finally top with the third layer. Soak with syrup and frost the top and sides of the cake with the whipped cream.

To decorate the cake smooth out the whipped cream as much as possible on top. Lay a paper doily on top and sift cocoa powder or cinnamon over the doily to reveal a lacy detail.

Espresso Syrup
Makes 1 cup

In a bowl, stir together the espresso and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the rum (Tia Maria in my case), and let cool to room temperature.

Vanilla Whipped Cream
Makes 6 cups

Place the cream, sugar, and vanilla in a large chilled mixing bowl with chilled beaters. With the whip attachment, beat the cream until stiff peaks form.


To view other Cappuccino Chiffon Cakes by the “The Cake Slice Members” or to join “The Cake Slice”, please find the link [here]



60 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a wonderful cake! Divine! I guess that I'll have to buy this great book ;-P!...

Cheers,

rosa

Sylvie said...

Wow, you've chosen quite a project there. I don't think I have ever dared to do more than two tiers!

Moogie said...

Beautiful presentation.

Bunny said...

I love the way you decorated the top, very nice! Mine was pretty plain!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Wow Rosie! you are a fantastic cake cook! I wish you lived here beside me..:-P I would be in heaven!
Really good job and compliments for the wonderful idea!
A biggggg kiss dear!
Silvia

RecipeGirl said...

It's so very pretty! You're terribly good at cakes :)

Ivy said...

It looks lovely Rosie.

Megan said...

I just love the design on top - so pretty and elegant!

Mary Ann said...

Your cake looks absolutely stunning! I love the design you did on top. so pretty!

Bellini Valli said...

Sounds perfect Rosie:D

Peter M said...

Rosie, the espresso-drenched cake reminds me of tiramisu...this had to be moist and so delish.

*Priscilla* said...

yummy, that looks so good!!

Lisa said...

Just beautiful!

Jodie said...

I love your design! SO cute- Great job!

Mara said...

Love your starry cocoa top, fab job, lady!!! Those layers look soaked, I need to get better about soaking my layers more, I am all about max flavor.

Maria said...

What a great job you did on your cake. Well done Rosie ;o)

Maria
x

Maria said...

Gorgeous cake! I love the stars!

Jacque said...

I like your festive stencil on the top. Nice work!

Happy cook said...

They look fabulous and delicius rosie.

The Bahens said...

I love the design on top. Good job!

Gigi said...

You did an amazing job with the stenciling and the cake! It's tall and perfect ...great job!

Emily Rose said...

mmmm looks wonderful! I bet it smells like heaven while it is baking!! What a fun baking group!

Caroline said...

I like your stars stenciling on the cake, nice job!

Katie said...

Your cake looks wonderful and so tall. I love the star design on top - its fantastic

Antonia said...

I just adore that stencil, Rosie. I love stars! They look so perfect atop that gorgeous-looking cake.

glamah16 said...

Oh Rosie your cakes are always fantastic. I bet your friends and neighbors are very happy recipiants.

Bridgett said...

So Rosie, what time did you say I can come have a slice?? This looks divine and the stars are adorable. I love anything coffee flavored. Congratulations on a very successful first post for the new group.

The Farmer's Wife said...

Beautiful! I love your cake, the designs are beautiful!

n33ma said...

I dont think that cake can get any better.Love wht you have done.

Rachel said...

A decadent cake there!!!

Uma said...

I would love to dig into that cake! Lovely and delicious.

dabrah said...

That cake looks simply amazing.

Grace said...

lovely stencil work, rosie. it's perfect.

Rosie said...

Hi Rosa, this book is really worth buying packed full of great three-layer cakes!

Hi Sylvie, if I am being honest here, the cream held the sponges perfectly without any slipping much easier to make than I thought it would be after reading the recipe through.

Hi Mooge, thank you it was great fun wasn’t it baking this cake :D

Hi Bunny, your cake looked beautiful sweetie :D

Hi M.W.P. Sweetie it would be my pleasure to pass on cakes to you if we lived near :D


Many thanks for taking the time to call by and for your kind comments!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Recipegirl, thank you *blush* for such a wonderful comment :D

Hi Ivy, awww thank you sweetie :D

Hi Megan, thank you it was a fun cake bake wasn’t it :D

Hi Mary Ann, you are so kind, thank you :D

Hi Val, awww thanks sweetie :D


Many thanks for taking the time to call by and for your kind comments!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Peter, yes spot on, this cake tasted just like tiramisu. This is such a lovely cake to bake and not as complicated as it looks. A real winner!

Hi Priscilla, thank you sweetie :D Big kiss from me to your little doggie :D

Hi Lisa, thank you sweetie :D

Hi Jodie, it was fun wasn’t it making this cake :D

Hi Mara, your cake looked fabulous, yes me too max flavours :D

Many thanks for taking the time to call by and for your kind comments!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Maria, it was fun baking this cake and yours turned out wonderful, I bet your F.I.L. loved it :D

Hi Maria, I was thinking at Christmas time baking one and using a festive stencil...

Hi Jacque, thank you so much and your cake looked stunning :D

Hi H.C. awww thank you sweetie :D

Hi The Bahens, thank you it was such an enjoyable bake wasn’t it :D

Many thanks for taking the time to call by and for your kind comments!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Giggi, I have to say thank you for such a lovely baking event and I look forward to the next bake :D

Hi Emily Rose, it really is a lovely baking group I hope you will come and join us :D

Hi Caroline, many thanks you are so kind :D

Hi Katie, it was great fun to bake many thanks for your kind words :D

Hi Antonia, awww thanks sweetie!! I remember now you love stars as you decorated your Christmas cake last year in beautiful stars :D

Hi Coco, you are so kind and yes slices of cake normally are packed up in little boxes to pass to family & friends :D


Many thanks for taking the time to call by and for your kind comments!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Katie, I forgot to say above- many thanks also for co-hosting such a great baking group :D

Hi Bridgett, anytime sweetie when you would like to call : D This is cake is really such a great tasting and I hope you will try it out *smile*

Hi T.F.W. many thanks it was a fun bake and your cake looked scrummy :D

Hi N33ma, such a wonderful compliment thank you– you really are so kind :D

Hi Rachel, thank you !! I loved your little cakes they looked stunning!!

Hi Uma, come on over I have a spoon ready :D

Hi Dabrah, aww you really are so kind – thank you :D

Hi Grace, how kind – thank you :D


Many thanks for taking the time to call by and for your kind comments!

Rosie x

tartasacher said...

Hello Rosie:
Your Capuccino Chiffon Cake is very, very nice your bread for the event is fantastic. Tank you for your comments in my sweet blog. You are so lovely

Prudy said...

Your cake looks so professional! I love the stencil on top. It's so pretty!

Deborah said...

Beautiful job! I love the star designs!

Passionate About Baking said...

Great job Rosie...stunning & delightful cake. What an interesting bakers group this is...wonderful!

Ingrid said...

Oh, yea! Does that look good or what?!!! I so want that slice....packed full of all that delish frosting. I like a lot of frosting to a little cake, okay well a lot of cake but even more frosting. ;-)

Great job!
~ingrid

Kelly-Jane said...

It's fantastic! I'm going to have to buy that book!!

Maria said...

What a beautiful cake! I have been craving sweets ALL day today and this cake really did me in. I wish I had a slice in front of me right now!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, that cake looks splendid, Rosie! I can't wait to see what the future cakes hold in store. Good luck with the club.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I can imagine the gasps of admiration when you produce a cake like this at a tea.

Emiline said...

The cake looks great! Sounds like a fun group.

sowmya said...

the cake looks divine...beautiful one rosie..

Dee said...

Oh wow! That's definitely a job well done, Rosie! I have no doubts that a second (or third) slice would be necessary :)

Lore said...

Wonderful cake Rosie, it looks so festive!

Kevin said...

That cake looks and sounds really good! I like the pattern on the top!

Rosie said...

Many thanks tartasacher, Prudy, Deborah, Deeba, Ingrid, K.J., Maria, Susan, Sherry Trifle, Emiline, sowmya, Dee, Lore & Kevin. I really am overwhelmed with your very kind comments – thank you!

P.S. Kelly-Jane you really DO NEED this book it is such a lovely baking book :D

Best wishes Rosie x

lilmizlynn said...

the cake looks yummy! would love to have a slice or two.. hehe... great job, Rosie :)

Jerri said...

Rosie, this looks wonderful!

Margaret said...

I have seen this on a few blogs now and the cake really does look wonderful, especially as I am a coffee lover. Fabulous Rosie.

Rosie said...

Hi lilmizlynn, Jerri & M, thank you all so very much ! It really is such a lovely cake and well worth baking for any occasion.

Best wishes Rosie x

Pearlsofeast said...

Hi Rosie, I would like to join this group.please let me the details.Thanks

Rosie said...

Hi Pearlsofeast, if you click on The Cake Slicers badge on the righthand side of my blog it will take you to all the details. I'm not sure if the group is closed now but worth a try asking.

Rosie x