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Bedstefars Skæg

Bedstefars Skæg

This cake is one of those old-fashioned danish cake that you may, or may not, remember from your childhood. I am not really sure I tasted this cake when I was a child, but the topic came up and it just sounded so delicious that I had to make it (anything with meringue, and I’m game). And the cake did not disappoint. The cake is soft and buttery and the combination of raspberry and soft, sweet meringue is very delicious. Enjoy!

Bedstefars Skæg (16 servings)

Ingredients:

185 g unsalted butter, room temperature (6.5 oz)

225 g sugar (8 oz)

3 egg yolks

275 g all-purpose flour (9.7 oz)

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

175 ml milk (6 fl oz)

6 oz seedless raspberry jam

3 egg whites, room temperature

185 g sugar (6.5 oz)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (390 degrees F). Spray a 9 x 13 inch  (23 x 33 cm) pan with baking spray and line pan with parchment paper extending over edges, set aside.

Beat butter and suger until smooth. Add egg yolks one at the time and continue to beat until homogeneous. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into butter mixture, add milk and using a spatula fold everything together until smooth, batter will be a little thick. Drop batter into prepared pan and spread out into corners. Bake for 15 minutes and let cake rest on a cooling rack while meringue is made.

Beat egg whites until frothy, slowly add sugar and beat on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Spread raspberry jam out over cake in a thin layer. Top the cake off with the meringue, sealing the edges and bake for another 15 minutes or until golden. Serve at room temperature and enjoy!

Source: slightly adapted from Anne Au Chocolat

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Marmorkage

Marmorkage

If you follow my blog it should be pretty obvious to you that I love Marmorkage (Marble Cake) since I have already written about this cake twice before (here and here). So why another Marmorkage on the blog? Well this time the presentation of the cake is a little more festive since I am using a bundt pan and the recipe has yogurt and cream in it which gives the cake a little extra moisture. I also increased the cocoa amount slightly from two to three tablespoons and quite frankly I think I’ll bump it up even more next time around…because I can…and because I love chocolate.

Marmorkage – Marble Cake

Ingredients:

200 g salted butter (7 oz), room temperature

250 g sugar (8.8 oz)

4 eggs

250 g all-purpose flour (8.8)

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla sugar or beans from 1 vanilla pod

200 g plain greek yogurt (7 oz)

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

2 tablespoons whipping cream

Directions:

Spray bundt pan with baking spray, toss a little flour around to coat the pan and then bang out excess flour, set pan aside. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Beat butter and sugar on high speed until soft and creamy, 5-10 minutes. Add eggs one at the time, beating well after each egg. Sift flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar together. Alternate adding flour and yogurt mixing on low speed, blend only until incorporated.

Place 1/2 of batter into a second bowl. Sift cocoa powder into this 1/2 of the batter and fold the cocoa into the batter until homogeneous. You now have a bowl with white batter and one with cocoa batter. Drop spoonfuls of alternating white and brown batter into your prepared bundt pan, smooth top out before baking. Bake cake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan and then invert out onto serving plate. Enjoy!

Marmorkage

Marmorkage

Source adapted from: Spisestuen.dk

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Honningkage Med Smørcreme

Honningkage Med Smørcreme

Honningkager are thought to be from Christiansfeld in the southern of Denmark and started gaining popularity around 1783. For many, they are associated with Christmas but I would be perfectly happy eating them year round. A Honningkage is firm in texture, yet airy and filled with Christmas spices. I have made different versions of honey cakes here on my blog before, like Honninghjerter which was quite an adventure and the short-cut Honningkage which was very flavorful but more like a regular soft cake. For this particular Honey Cake with Buttercream I decided to add a thin layer of Apricot jam which is not traditional but I think it pairs really well with the spices in the cake. I know it is a little early but since it’s December 1st I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. 🎄

Trim edges off cake if hard, cut cake horizontally into two, spread buttercream and apricot and fold layers together, top with melted chocolate

Trim edges off cake if hard, cut cake horizontally into two, spread buttercream and apricot and fold layers together, top with melted chocolate

Honey Cake with Buttercream and Apricot (makes 15 servings)

Ingredients

For the cake:

500 gram honey (17.5 oz)

125 gram sugar (4.5 0z)

3 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 organic orange, zested

1 dl heavy whipping creme (3.4 fl oz)

2 tablespoon plain greek yogurt

2 teaspoon Ammonium Bicarbonate (called Hjortetaksalt in Danish)

500 gram all-purpose flour (17.5 oz)

For the Buttercream:

130 gram butter, room temperature

130 gram confectioners sugar

Additional:

145 g Apricot jam (5 oz)

120 gram semi-sweet chocolate (4.2 oz)

Directions:

To make cake:

Lightly grease a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 centimeter) baking pan and line with parchment paper so the paper is overhanging the sides. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C).

Combine honey and sugar in a small saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool until “finger warm”.

Beat eggs, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, orange zest, whipping cream and yogurt until combined. Add cooled honey mixture and beat until combined. Sift together flour and Ammonium Bicarbonate, then add flour to egg mixture and stir until fully incorporated and smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 60 minutes or until done, careful not to over bake. Check for doneness by using a toothpick, it should come out clean when cake is done. Allow cake to cool completely before assembling.

To make buttercream:

Make sure butter is at room temperature. Cream butter and confectioners sugar together until smooth and creamy.

Assembly:

If cake edges feel hard, trim them off using a serrated knife. Cut cake horizontally into two layers and place them both cut-side-up, side-by-side. Stir apricot jam to loosen it up and spread jam out over bottom cake layer evenly. Spread buttercream out over top cake layer, flip it over and place top cake layer on top of bottom cake layer so buttercream and apricot are now together in the middle.

Chop chocolate coarsely and place in a microwave safe bowl. Melt chocolate in microwave, stopping every 10 seconds to stir and check to see if chocolate is melted completely. Spread melted chocolate out over top of cake and allow to set before cutting cake. If desired, trim edges off cake using a serrated knife. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Alletiders Kogebog

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Sarah Bernhard Kager

Sarah Bernhardkager

Sarah Bernhardkager are famous danish cakes developed by pastry chef Johannes Steen in Copenhagen, Denmark back in 1911. The cakes are named after the famous french actress Sarah Bernhard who visited Copenhagen in connection with her book release and so the cakes were created in her honor. The Sarah Bernhard cake is a macaroon cookie topped with a rich genache, covered with melted chocolate and the original cake was decorated with a small candied violet flower. The cake is a decadent treat.

Making Sarah Bernhard Cakes

Making Sarah Bernhard Cakes

This recipe makes approximately 40 macaroon cookies. The extra cookies can easily be stored in a cookie tin with a tight fitting lid and used later. The process for making the cakes is long, but fairly easy. I would advice to break up the process into two days, either make the cookies on day one and then make the ganache and assemble cakes on day two or vice versa. I also simplified the chocolate coating by using Ghirardelli dark melting wafers which is so much easier than tempering chocolate and it taste eaqually wonderful. If you cannot find the Ghirardelli wafers in your local store it can be bought online.

Sarah Bernhard Cakes – makes 15 cakes

Ingredients:

For the Macaroons:

150 gram hazelnuts (5.3 ounces)

300 g sugar (10.6 oz)

approx 3 egg whites, at room temperature

For the Ganache:

4 deciliter heavy whipping creme (13.5 fl oz)

250 g dark chocolate, with about 66 % cocoa content (8.8 oz)

For chocolate coating:

300 g Ghirardelli dark melting wafers (10.6 oz)

Directions:

To make hazelnut macaroons: Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (170 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor combine hazelnuts and sugar and process until you have a fine crumble. Lightly beat egg whites with a fork to break up whites  a little. With the processor going on low speed, slowly add egg whites until you have a smooth, thick mixture. Drop spoonful’s of hazelnut mixture onto baking sheets, no more than 4-5 cm (1.6 to 2 inches) in diameter, beware that the mixture will spread out. Bake for 13-14 minutes or until they start taking on a golden color. Allow to cool slightly on baking sheet before moving cookies to a cooling rack. Once cooled down, store in a cookie tin until ready to use.

To make ganache: In a small saucepan, heat whipping creme until it just starts to simmer. Remove from heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, chop chocolate finely and place into a bowl. Pour whipping creme through a sieve and then back into saucepan, heat to simmer once again and remove from heat. While stirring chopped chocolate in the center, pour creme in a thin stream into chocolate and continue to stir until you have a smooth, shiny chocolate. Refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

Assembling cakes: Remove ganache from refrigerator and stir until smooth. Spoon a small amount of ganache onto a macaroon cookie and using a small icing spatula or a butter knife shape the ganache into a rounded cone shape. Set cookie aside and repeat with remaining macaroon cookies until ganache is used up. To cover cakes with melted chocolate, place melted chocolate into a microwave bowl and microwave chocolate in 10 seconds increments, stirring chocolate in-between each heat until chocolate is melted and smooth. Careful not to overheat, as chocolate will then burn and it become nu-usable. Over the bowl of melted chocolate, place a cake onto a fork and spoon melted chocolate over the Sarah Bernhard cake. Once covered, gently tap fork to allow excess to drip off. Place cake onto a piece of foil or parchment paper and allow chocolate to set. Repeat with remaining cakes. If melted chocolate starts to harden, place back into microwave for 10 seconds to soften back up. Once the chocolate has hardened on all cakes, store cookies in a container with a tight fitting lid in the refrigerator. Cakes can be served cold or at room temperature. Enjoy!

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Black Magic Chocolate Cake

Black Magic Chocolate Cake

I have been reading a lot about this cake on social media and it got so much praise that I simply had to give it a try. And I have to say that the rumors about this cake is true. This is an outrageously super duper delicious chocolate cake, and what’s more, it is pretty easy to make, and what’s even more, you can easily make and assemble this cake the day before you intend to serve it. So if you have a crazy chocolate craving, this should take care of it. Enjoy!

Black Magic Cake (serves 8-10)

Ingredients:

For the cake:

275 g all-purpose flour (9.7 oz or 4.5 dl)

425 g sugar (15 oz or 5 dl)

90 g unsweetened cocoa (3.2 oz or 2 dl)

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla sugar

2 eggs, at room temperature

8.5 fl oz fresh brewed cooled coffee (2.5 dl)

8.5 fl oz milk (2.5 dl)

4.2 fl oz vegetable oil (1.25 dl)

For the frosting:

17 fl oz heavy whipping cream (5 dl)

185 g sugar (6.5 oz or 2 dl)

52 g unsweetened cocoa (1.8 oz or 1 dl)

1 tsp vanilla sugar

Directions:

To make cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray two 9 inch round spring-form pans with baking spray and line bottom of pans with parchment paper, set aside.

Sift together all dry ingredients and set aside. Combine eggs, cooled coffee, milk and vegetable oil in a bowl and beat to combine. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, start mixer on slow to combine and then increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes, dough will be very thin. Pour dough into prepared pans and bake on middle rack for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely in pans.

To make frosting: combine cream, sugar, cocoa and vanilla sugar in a bowl and beat until you have a thick mousse consistency.

Assembly: remove cooled cakes from pans. If cakes have a slightly curved top, you can level cakes by cutting tops off using a serrated knife. Place one cake onto serving dish and spread half of the frosting out over the cake. Place second cake on top and spread out the remaining frosting. Place cake in refrigerator until ready to serve. Cake can easily be baked and assembled 1 day ahead of time. Enjoy!

Source: frydlearning.dk

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Flagkage - Danish Flag Cake

Flagkage – Danish Flag Cake

Dannebrog is the name of the Danish flag and it is the oldest flag in the world. According to legend, the flag had fallen from the sky during the Battle of Lyndanisse in 1219 and the flag was first recorded on a seal in 1397. Still today, the Danish flag is treasured by the Danish people and is displayed freely at any given occasion, or at no occasion at all. It was very fitting when I made this cake because it just happened to be on my fathers 75th birthday and today that I am posting this, it is my mothers birthday as well. And so “Tillykke med fødselsdagen Far og Mor”!

Making Lime Cream

Making Lime Cream

On Danish TV there is a show called Den Store Bagedyst and it’s almost exactly like the British show The Great British Baking Show, which you may have seen on American TV. Every week the show posts a challenge to the viewers to recreate a particular baked item and this Flag cake is from that challenge.

After baking, cut top of cake off to make it level, cut cake horizontally into two. Trace a 14 cm and 17 cm circle onto parchment paper. I used plates as guides.

After baking, cut top of cake off to make it level, cut cake horizontally into two. Trace a 14 cm and 17 cm circle onto parchment paper. I used plates as guides.

The biggest problem I encountered with this cake, was without a doubt, the gelatin. First, I didn’t have the gelatin sheets which the original recipe called for, so I used gelatin powder instead. Nothing wrong with gelatin powder, but it is always better to use the recommended ingredient whenever possible. As far as the conversion from gelatin sheets to gelatin powder, it is not an exact science and a controversial subject. So I did a little research and came up with this: approx 3 1/2 sheets of gelatin = 1 envelope (7 gram/envelope) gelatin powder. So in the original recipe they called for 7 1/2 sheets and I used 2 envelopes gelatin powder which I figured was close enough. The result was actually good, it was not the intended outcome, but good nonetheless. In the original recipe, after cooling the lime cream they took it out and beat it with a hand-mixer until the cream thickened up. After cooling, my cream was the right thick consistency but I still took a hand-mixer to it, and on low speed I gave it a quick mix just to loosen it up a little. Also, the process I used to dissolve the gelatin powder is not the typical way of doing it, but again, it turned out fine. And one more thing, I left the Lime cream overnight in the refrigerator.

Cutting and assembling cake.

Cutting and assembling cake.

The Flagkage was a challenging and fun project. I thought the Lime cream had a wonderful flavor and a really nice creamy consistency, I loved it. The cake was moist, yet firm enough to hold up to the cutting involved. The only complaint I have is that the cake itself could have had a little more flavor, but the Lime cream made up for it. All in all, if I was to make this cake again, I would replace the cake recipe with a Red Velvet cake recipe and then I think the overall result would be excellent.

Dannebrogskage (Flagkage) – serves 12-16

Ingredients:

Lime filling:

14 gram unflavored gelatin powder (2 envelopes or 0.5 oz)

300 g white chocolate (10.5 oz)

2 vanilla beans

4 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 liter heavy whipping creme (51 fl oz)

3 limes, organic (zest and juice)

Cake:

1 vanilla bean

250 g sugar (8.8 oz)

10 g red food coloring, paste (0.4 oz)

250 g unsalted butter, room temperature (8.8 oz)

7 eggs, room temperature

275 g all-purpose flour (9.7 oz)

10 g cocoa powder (0.4 oz)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 deciliter whole milk (3.4 fl oz)

Directions:

Lime filling:

Chop white chocolate finely and place into large mixing bowl. Cut vanilla bean open lengthwise and scrape seeds out onto a cutting board. Sprinkle the 4 teaspoons of sugar over vanilla seeds and using the flat surface of your knife, press the sugar into the vanilla to separate the seeds. Place vanilla/sugar mixture into chopped white chocolate.

Place heavy whipping creme into saucepan and heat to 80 degrees C (176 degrees F), remove from heat. Pour half of creme into white chocolate and stir until chocolate in completely dissolved. Add the remaining half of the creme and stir. Sprinkle gelatin powder over the surface of warm creme and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir gelatin into creme and continue to stir for another 2 minutes, then allow creme to sit for another 3 minutes. Stir in lime zest and juice. Pour creme into a large Ziploc bag, seal and place in in refrigerator. Creme must cool down to at least 5 degrees C (41 degrees F) before assembling cake.

Cake:

Spray a 23 cm (9 inch) round spring-form baking pan with baking spray. Cut out a round circle of parchment paper and place it in the bottom of pan, set aside. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C (330 degrees F).

Cut vanilla bean longways, scrape out seeds, sprinkle with a small amount of the sugar and press vanilla and sugar together to separate vanilla seeds. Place vanilla/sugar back into bowl with remaining sugar.

Beat butter, sugar/vanilla sugar and food color until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at the time, making sure to beat very well in between each egg.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Gradually fold in dry ingredients, alternating with the milk until batter is homogeneous. Pour batter into baking pan and spread out evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes. Test cake for doneness by using a wooden skewer. Skewer should come out clean when inserted deep into center of cake. Let cake cool down completely before continuing with assembly.

Assembly:

While cake is cooling, cut out two circle of parchment paper measuring 14 cm (5 1/2 inches) and 17 cm (6 3/4 inch).

Once the cake has cooled, cut off the slightly curved top of the cake to level the cake surface out. Then cut the cake horizontally into two even layers. We will call these two layers A and B.

Wash and dry the spring-form pan, set aside.

First take cake layer A and place it back into the clean spring-form pan. Place the 17 cm paper circle onto the center of the cake and using a small sharp knife, cut down through the cake all the way around the circle. Now place the 14 cm circle onto the center of the same cake A and cut down through the cake all the way around the circle. Remove the cake which was in between the two circle, this will form an open “ditch” or space which will later hold the lime cream. You should now have an outer ring of cake and a solid center of cake.

Leaving cake layer B on your work surface, repeat cutting out the circles and removing the excess cake to create the “ditch”. This is done the same way we did cake layer A.

Remove cold Lime cream from refrigerator. Using a hand-mixer, give Lime cream a quick little beating, careful not to over-mix. Over-mixing will cause cream to separate. The cream should have a piping consistency. Load cream into two large piping bags, one of which is fitted with a piping tip of your choice. Place bag with piping tip back into refrigerator.

Using the bag without the piping tip first, cut off tip of bag. Start by piping enough cream into the “ditch” or space between the circles of cake layer A. Then pipe a layer of cream out over the entire surface of cake layer A. Using an offset spatula, smooth out cream to the edges of spring-form pan. Carefully place the outer cake circle of cake layer B on top of cream, this forms the outer circle. Then place the center cake circle on top of the cream. Again pipe cream into the “ditch” or space between the two circles. Then pipe a thin layer of cream over the top of the cake. It is fine if you see crumbs through this layer. Place cake back into refrigerator for at least 60 minutes.

Once cake has cooled enough to where it can be moved, release spring-form and move cake to your serving platter. Using the piping bag fitted with the piping tip, start decorating your cake in whatever fashion you please. Keep cake refrigerated. Remove cake from refrigerator 20 minutes prior to serving.  Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Den Store Bagedyst

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Romkugler

Romkugler

Romkugler is a classic Danish dessert which is always on my “to indulge in” list when I go back home for a visit. I love these little balls. They used to be made from left-over cake in the bakery to avoid waste, but I imagine nowadays cakes are probably made specifically for this purpose. So next time you have some left-over cake (yeah right, who has left-over chocolate cake) toss it into the freezer, and then when your ready, make Rum Balls. Your family will love you for it.

It took me a little while to figure out the best process for making the sprinkles stick. The original recipe did not use chocolate to make the sprinkles stick, and without the chocolate, they just don’t stick very well. First I tried dipping the ball into the melted chocolate, but it was too much chocolate and it took way too many sprinkles to cover the ball. Then I simply just dipped the ball into the chocolate halfway, and used my fingers to smir a thin chocolate coating all over the ball. Then I tossed it into the sprinkles, and the sprinkles stuck perfectly to the ball. Traditionally the sprinkles are chocolate sprinkles, but it can be any kind, any color sprinkles, coconut or chopped nuts, whatever you like. You can also use real rum instead of imitation rum but I think the flavor is much better with the imitation rum.

Romkugler

Romkugler

Romkugler – Danish Rum Balls (makes approx 25)

Ingredients:

200 g (7 oz) left-over chocolate cake

50 g (1.75 oz) marzipan

1 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

100 g (3.5 oz) semi-sweet chocolate, divided

1 tablespoon raspberry preserves, seedless

1 tablespoon imitation rum

100 g (3.5 oz) sprinkles

Directions:

Give chocolate a quick chop, divide into half (two 50 gram portions) and set aside.

Using a food processor or a hand-mixer, process left-over cake, marzipan and cocoa until crumbly. Melt the first half portion of chocolate in microwave or over a water-bath until smooth. Add melted chocolate, raspberry preserve and imitation rum to cake crumbs, mix until combined. Roll into small balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Melt the second half of chocolate in microwave or over a water-bath until smooth. Take one ball at the time, dip halfway into melted chocolate and using your fingers, smear chocolate around ball to make it sticky. Toss ball into sprinkles and turn to cover with sprinkles. Repeat with remaining balls. Place balls onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate. Store in covered Tupperware container, keep refrigerated. Enjoy!

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Ding Dong

Ding Dong

These cakes taste a lot like the famous Ding Dong, minus the chocolate covering. I must admit that the cakes were taste tested repeatedly and that they passed the “delish” mark. The chocolate cake is soft and moist and the cream is a silky Marshmallow frosting. I also added a thin layer of jam and/or Nutella which turned out really good. The cakes are pretty easy to make. I would say the only tricky thing is when you go to punch out the cake rounds, make sure to press the cutter into the cake slowly, otherwise the cake edge will tear. Store cakes in refrigerator, but for best results, remove them from the refrigerator 20-30 minutes before serving. I know you’ll really enjoy these little tasty treats.

Ding Dong

Ding Dong

Chocolate Cake (makes one 17 x 11 inch sheet cake)(43 x 28 cm)

Ingredients:

2 cups flour (265 g or 9.3 oz)

2 cups sugar (425 g or 15 oz)

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa (52 g or 1.8 oz)

2 sticks unsalted butter (224 g or 7.9 oz)

1 cup boiling water (236 ml or 8 fl oz)

1/2 cup buttermilk (118 ml or 4 fl oz)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (224 g or 7.9 oz)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

One 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme (198 g)

2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted (230 g)

2-4 tablespoons light cream

For assembly:

strawberry, apricot, raspberry jam or nutella

Maraschino Cherries

Directions:

To make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a 17 x 11 inch (43 x 28 cm) baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar and salt, set aside.

In a small saucepan melt butter. Add cocoa and stir until well blended. Heat water in microwave until boiling. Add water to butter mixture, bring to a boil and continue to boil for 30 seconds. Remove from heat. While mixing, pour hot butter mixture into flour, continue to mix until combined.

Combine buttermilk, beaten eggs, baking soda and vanilla. Pour buttermilk mixture into flour/butter mixture and stir until well combined.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before assembling cakes.

To make frosting:

In a mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Beat in vanilla and marshmallow creme. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add confectioners sugar. Add cream and beat to combine. Scrape down sides of bowl. With mixer on high speed, beat creme for 3 to 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. If necessary, add more confectioner sugar or creme to get the right piping consistency.

To assemble cakes:

Use a cookie cutter of your choice (I used a mixture of 2 and 2 3/4 inch ovals [5 1/2 and 7 cm]). Once the cake has cooled completely, use your cookie cutter to punch out cake rounds. To avoid braking the cake edges, press cookie cutter into cake very slowly. Place half of cake rounds onto serving platter. Spread your favorite jam or nutella over cake and pipe frosting on top. Place second cake on top of frosting. Pipe a small amount of frosting on top of second cake and top with a cherry. Store in refrigerator. Remove from refrigerator 20-30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Source: Cake – Tasty Kitchen, Frosting – Joy of Baking

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Hasselnød Kage Med Nougat Creme

Hasselnød Kage Med Nougat Creme

I just hosted a Danish dinner party for my Danish friends and since it is close to Easter I wanted to make a dessert with a seasonal feel to it. I came across this layered cake and not only does it look like a pretty Easter cake but it has all the good things in it that is popular in Danish baking; hazelnuts, Nougat and Marzipan, what’s not to like? As for the special ingredients, I buy Nougat and Marzipan online (I use Odense Ren Rå Marcipan), and the hazelnuts I found in a specialty grocery store.

Process hazelnuts, make meringue and fold in ground hazelnuts, bake

Process hazelnuts, make meringue and fold in ground hazelnuts, bake

A little note about hazelnuts. Hazelnut is a sweet nut with a dark brown skin covering which is bitter and if left on, it may leave unpleasant little left-over pieces in your mouth. So when hazelnuts are used for baking, you may want to remove this skin covering, although it is not absolutely necessary.

Melt Nougat in hot cream, cool, mix whipped cream with Nougat to make frosting

Melt Nougat in hot cream, cool, mix whipped cream with Nougat to make frosting

This is not a difficult cake to make, maybe a little time consuming, and it is one of the best layered cakes I have ever made (with the exception of my all-time favorite Othello layered cake of course). I think you will really love this cake!

Hazelnut Cake With Nougat Cream  (serves 12-14)

Ingredients:

For the cake:

100 g hazelnuts, out of shell (3.5 oz)

175 g Odense Marzipan (6.2 oz)

100 g confectioner sugar (3.5 oz)

30 g all-purpose flour (1 oz)

6 egg whites, room temperature

125 g sugar (4.4 oz)

For the frosting:

6 deciliter heavy whipping cream, divided into 2 and 4 deciliters (20.3 liquid ounces, divided into 6.8 and 13.5)

300 g soft Nougat (10.5 oz)

1 teaspoon instant coffee powder

1 tablespoon boiling water

Decorations:

Cadbury mini chocolate eggs

Directions:

To removed skin on hazelnuts: preheat oven to 325 degrees F (160 degrees C). Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast in oven for 10-15 minutes until skin begins to crack and is golden. Remove from oven and wrap nuts in a clean dishtowel, let sit wrapped for 10 min. Using the towel, rub the nuts vigorously until the skin comes off. Set nuts aside.

Cut out two pieces of parchment paper to fit two 9 inch (23 cm) spring-form pans. Place parchment paper in bottom of pans and spray with baking spray, set aside.

Preheat oven to 280 degrees F (140 degrees C).

Place hazelnuts, marzipan, confectioners sugar and flour in a food processor and process until ground finely.

Beat egg whites until soft peaks, add sugar and whip until you have a thick meringue.

Add ground hazelnuts to meringue and gently fold-in until you have a homogeneous batter. Divide the batter equally between the two pans and bake for 1 hour. Allow cakes to cool in pans.

Place 2 deciliter whipping cream into a small saucepan and heat to just a simmer. Cut Nougat into pieces and add to hot cream, melt while stirring. Heat 1 tablespoon water in the microwave until boiling (10-15 seconds), add instant coffee and stir to resolve. Add coffee to Nougat mixture. Place Nougat in refrigerator to cool completely.

When ready to assemble cake, whip remaining 4 deciliter whipping cream until beaters start leaving traces in cream. Add cooled Nougat mixture and mix to combine. Place first cake onto serving platter. Spread a layer of Nougat cream over cake. Place second cake on top and spread remaining cream on top and down the sides of cake to cover. Decorate with chocolate eggs if desired. Continue to cool in refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Removing skin off hazelnuts

Removing skin off hazelnuts

Source: Odense Marcipan

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Magic Cake

Magic Custard Cake

If you are a custard lover like me, this cake is for you! When I first came across this cake, it was love at first sight and the recipe moved straight to the top of to-do-list. The magic with this cake is that when you’re making it, it seems a little impossible that this batter will ever turn into a delicious, silky cake. But it does. The cake is suppose to come out with three distinct layers. Well, mine really only came out with two layers, but I’m not complaining about it because it was still magical to me.

Magic Custard Cake

Magic Custard Cake

A couple of notes for you. The batter will be thin like a crepe batter, don’t freak out, it’s OK, it’s suppose to be like that. Another thing to take note of, is the baking time. It will vary greatly from oven to oven and as you can see the range is pretty big, from 45-60 minutes. Mine took 45 minutes, so I would check on the cake at 40 minutes and then keep a close eye on it. The cake should be golden in color when finished and it will have a slight jiggle to it when you take it out of the oven. Finally, to speed up the cooling process you can place the cake in the refrigerator. I hope you enjoy this cake as much as we did.

Magic Custard Cake: makes one 8 x 8 inch cake

Ingredients:

113 gram unsalted butter (4 oz)

480 milliliter whole milk (2 cups or 16 fluid oz)

4 large eggs, separated and at room temperature

150 gram confectioner’s sugar (5.3 oz), sifted

1 tablespoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

115 gram flour (4 oz), sifted

Directions:

Cut-to-fit and line two pieces of parchment paper into an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) baking dish with the sides overhanging a little. Set pan aside.  Preheat oven to 325º F (162º C).

Melt butter, set aside to cool slightly. Warm milk to lukewarm, set aside. Beat egg whites to stiff peaks, set aside.

Add egg yolks and sifted confectioner’s sugar to a large bowl, beat until thick and pale yellow (2-3 min). Mix in water and vanilla extract. Pouring in a thin stream, add melted butter while mixing. Add sifted flour and mix until fully incorporated. At low speed, add the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together. Gently fold in the egg whites, 1/3 at a time, repeat until all egg whites are folded in.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in the middle of oven for 45-60 minutes or until the top is golden in color. Allow cake to cool completely before sprinkling with confectioner’s sugar and serving. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from White On Rice Couple

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