March 24, 2011

Vanilla sponge with strawberry mascarpone Gateau - Celebration continues..

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Yet another cake for my son's birthday celebration in his kindergarten. I followed Ria's lace border technique for this cake & it came out absolutely perfect.  Everyone is surprised to believe it's a homemade cake.  It looks really cute & taste simply delicious.  Happy to see my son had fun with his friends & teachers arround.  Happy Birthday to U my dear :)

Ingredients :

For the sponge :
  1. Eggs - 4 nos (Medium)
  2. Sugar - 150 gms
  3. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  4. All purpose flour - 100 gms
  5. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  6. Cornflour - 50 gms
For the Marcarpone filling :
  1. Mascarpone - 100 gms
  2. Whipping cream - 200 ml
  3. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  4. Icing / Powdered sugar - 3 to 4 tbsp (to ur sweet tooth)
  5. Sliced strawberries 
For the lace border :
  1. Semi-sweet or Milk chocolate - 1 bar
  2. Caramalized almond flakes for decorating
  3. Chocolate flakes for decorating
  4. Sliced strawberries for decorating
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Method :

For the sponge :

1.   Grease the baking pan & preheat the oven about 180 C.

2.   Put eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk until foamy.  Mix together the sugar & vanilla essence.

3.   Mix together the flour, baking powder & cornflour & whisk into the egg mixture on the lowest setting.  Transfer the sponge into the greased baking pan & bake it for 25 mins or until done.

4.   Allow the cake to cool & cut them horizantally into three layers.

To make the Mascarpone filling :

5.   Combine together the mascarpone cheese, whipping cream, vanilla essence & icing sugar.  Whisk the cream to almost stiff.

For Lace border :

6.   Melt the chocolate & transfer it to the piping bag.  Measure the cake & cut the parchment paper accordingly.  Now create your design & pattern over the parchment paper.  Allow it to set for a while.

Arranging the cake :

7.   Put the bottom layer on a cake platter, spread the mascarpone filling on top, then put the next layer on top, press down lightly and spread the filling & arrange the sliced strawberries on it.  Finally, put the top layer on top & press lightly.

8.   Now coat the top and sides of the cake with a thin, even layer of the cream.

9.   Decorate the almond flakes, sliced strawberries & chocolate flakes on the cake.  

10.  Before the chocolate becomes hard wrap the chocolate lace border arround the cake & refrigerate it.  Gently peel the parchment paper once set.

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Happy baking :)

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