Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Vanilla Cake with Cream and Marzipan- Happy Birthday hubby!

The month of december is my favourite time of the year. There is something special in the air, love, togetherness, not to forget delicious food and all the goodies. All this made even more amazing by beautiful white snow. We do not celebrate Christmas but I don't fail on the celebrations front here... December sees my birthday, my hubby's birthday and our wedding anniversary all in one month.


It was my hubby's birthday a few days ago and he requested that I bake this cake for him. When I heard of it, I couldn't help but smile - he wanted a very sweet (too sweet for my taste bud) cake all by himself :-)


My hubby was overwhelmed and loved it. I was happy with a small bite though (this was exactly the opposite of the kind of cake for me) but I made the birthday boy happy and thats what matters :-)

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup - all purpose flour
2/3 cup - sugar
2/3 cup - sunflower oil
1/2 cup - vanilla yogurt
1 cup - milk
1 1/2 tsp - vanilla essence
1 tsp - baking powder
a pinch of salt
a generous pinch of soda bicarbonate

soaking syrup

1/4 cup - water
1/8 tsp - vanilla extract powder
1 tsp - castor sugar
Mix everything together. 

For the whipped cream

150 ml - cream, minimum 30 % fat
3 tbsp heaped - castor sugar
1/4 tsp - vanilla extract powder
Beat everything together till thick

For the topping

50 grams - marzipan
1 tbsp - castor sugar 
a few drops of milk
Mix everything together and knead until you get a smooth dough, roll out into a 15 cm diameter circle. You can roll it out within sheets of clingfilm or wax paper to make the rolling easier.

For the rose

25 gram - marzipan
1 tsp - sugar
a few drops of milk
a pinch of edible red colour
Mix together all these ingredients and follow this video here

edible glitter to sprinkle over the cake

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line two 15 cms round baking pans with aluminium foil and grease generously with oil. 
  2. In a bowl,mix together the flour, salt, sugar,baking powder and soda bicarbonate.
  3. In another bowl, mix well the oil, vanilla yogurt, vanilla essence and milk.
  4. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and tip in the liquid ingredients and mix lightly.
  5. Divide the mixture into the two lined and greased pans, tap the pans against the counter and place both the pans in the centre of the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. 
  6. Let the cakes cool in the pans for a couple of minutes before inverting them on the wire rack to cool completely 
  7. Once the cakes have cooled down completely, place one cake on the cake board and brush the top and the sides of the cake with the syrup. Place the whipped cream in the centre and spread out evenly over the cake. Place the 2nd cake on the top of the cream, brush the top and the sides with the syrup and carefully spread the cream on the sides of both the cakes. 
  8. Place the marzipan circle on the top of the cake. 
  9. Brush the bottom of the marzipan roses with the syrup and place on the cake and sprinkle some eddible glitter all over the cake. 
Notes:

1. If you do not have 2 same sized baking pans then halve the ingredients for the cake and make the batter twice. Do not make it all together.
2. You may need a very little of the soaking syrup. Discard the rest of the syrup. Do not brush the cake excessively with the syrup otherwise the cake will turn soggy.


I am going to India for a month. Wishing all my lovely readers a very happy new year :-)

Enjoy!

17 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to your hubby !! This sounds so good ! This is the best season ever :) Happy holidays !

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  2. Belated birthday wishes your hubby, this cake looks delicious, you are right, too sweet.

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  3. awesome cake...happy birthday to u r hubby...

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  4. such a pretty cake. love the decoration. belated b'day wishes to your husband

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  5. Belated B'day wishes to your hus...Cake looks superb..

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  6. wow such a beautiful cake.. looks gorgeous..

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  7. Nice cake..belated wishes 2 ur hubby

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  8. Super inviting ...Join me in Fast Food Event - Poha here :http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.in/2012/12/fast-food-poha-aval-flattened-rice.html

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  9. Such a pretty cake... Have a fun trip and Happy New Year!

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  10. Belated happy birthday to your husband !! Such a pretty cake . I love marzipan

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  11. The cake looks delicious! A great way to end the year!

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  12. Perfect and adorable cake for perfect event..Love your blog and glad to follow it

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  13. That's a lot of effort and it looks it. Great going!

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  14. Happy belated birthday and anniversary.
    The cake looks so moist and delicious.

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