Ingredients (serves 6)
Melted butter, to grease
150g (1 cup) icing sugar mixture
75g (1/2 cup) plain flour
155g (1 1/2 cups) ground hazelnuts
1 tsp ground cinnamon
6 egg whites
180g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
115g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
24 (about 200g) cherries, stems attached
185g (3/4 cup) mascarpone
Preheat oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a 17 x 25cm (base measurement) slab cake pan with melted butter. Line base with non-stick baking paper.
Sift icing sugar and flour into a bowl. Add hazelnuts and cinnamon, and mix until well combined. Use a balloon whisk to whisk 5 egg whites in a bowl until frothy. Use a large metal spoon to fold egg whites into hazelnut mixture. Add melted butter and fold in until just combined. Spoon into prepared pan and smooth the surface.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from oven and set aside for 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Meanwhile, line a tray with non-stick baking paper. Use a fork to whisk remaining egg white in a bowl until frothy. Place caster sugar in a separate small bowl. Hold a cherry by the stem and brush with a little egg white to evenly coat. Dip into the sugar and turn to coat. Place, upright, on the lined tray. Repeat with remaining cherries. Set aside for 15 minutes or until dry.
To serve, use a round 3.5cm cutter to cut 24 discs from hazelnut cake. Top each with a small dollop of mascarpone and then with a frosted cherry.
Note: This cake can be made up to 1 day ahead. Store in an airtight container.
Ingredients (serves 4)
500g dark chocolate
2 tbs golden syrup
125g unsalted butter
1 tbs caster sugar
1 tbs plain flour, sifted
Melted chocolate, to decorate
Chocolate sorbet, to serve
200g mascarpone cheese
2 tbs instant coffee
2 tbs pure icing sugar
Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease and line the base of a 20cm round spring-form cake pan with non-stick baking paper.
Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Set aside to cool slightly.
Place eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer or use an electric hand beater and beat on high for 10 minutes until very thick and pale. Gently fold in the flour then fold in the chocolate mixture until combined. Pour into the cake pan and bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife around the edge of the cake. Remove collar from cake pan and transfer the cake to the fridge for 1 hour to cool (this step is important as it sets the middle of the cake).
Meanwhile, to make the coffee mascarpone, dissolve coffee in 1 tablespoon of boiling water and set aside to cool. Beat together the mascarpone, coffee and sugar in a bowl until stiff.
To make the chocolate leaf, brush non-toxic leaves with the melted chocolate. When cool, peel the leaf off.
Slice the cake and serve with a dollop of coffee mascarpone, a chocolate leaf on top and a scoop of sorbet on the side.
Moist strawberry cake layered with a rich lemonade cream filling. Introducing summer——on a plate!
One box of strawberry cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs as directed on box)
8oz. Cream Cheese (softened to room temp.)
1 packet (0.23oz.) of Kool-Aid Lemonade
Yellow food coloring gel (as desired for color)
2cups Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
Fresh strawberries to garnish.
Make cake according to box and bake in 2- 9 inch round cake pans as directed. Turn finished cakes over on cake racks and allow to cool completely.
Cream together cream cheese, lemonade and yellow food coloring until smooth.
Mix marshmallow creme in and then mix in Cool Whip until completely smooth. Refrigerate until cake is cooled and cut.
Cut each cake layer in half.
Alternating layers of cake with layers of filling, assemble cake. End with layer of filling.
Top with sliced strawberries.
Refrigerate and serve chilled.