Valentine’s Day is almost there. Though nowadays it is more a commercial celebration it stayed as a common practice to make something special for this day. I’m sorry to post the recipe only now but things have been a bit hectic with the workload I have do deal with. Despite the amount of work I have for uni I had time to make this cake yesterday evening, so If I’ve done it anybody can do it! There’s no excuses 😉
Basically what I have done is that I have baked a simple sponge cake and then filled it with a mix of cream and mascarpone. I added strawberries and raspberries to it and to give a little taste of dark fruits I have made a ‘coulis’ of it (fruit purée) . You don’t have to make the ‘coulis’ but it enhances the taste.
For the sponge cake you will need :
- 3 eggs
- 125 g Caster Sugar
- 125 g Flour + 1 tea spoon of baking powder
- 100g Almond ground (optional)
For the filling you will need :
- 200 ml double cream
- 2 tea spoons of Cater sugar
- 100 g mascarpone cheese
- Strawberries 150 g
- Rasberries 150 g
If you want to make a coulis, you will need :
- 10 raspberries
- 7 strawberries
- 1 spoon of Icing sugar
- 4 spoons of lime juice
Pre-heat your oven at 180 degrees ( Gas 6)
Firstly separate the whites from the yolks. Whisk the whites egg until they forms peaks ( you can add a pinch of salt so it would make it easier). Use the robot to do it, if you don’t have one you can also use a whisk but it’ll take a little bit longer.
The secret to nail this recipe is the rapidity of the execution, so make sure that all your ingredients are ready.
Once that your whites are forming peaks add the sugar. Slow down the robot and add the yolks then the flour mixed with the baking powder.
Have your tin ready, then put the dough in the oven and bake it for 20 minutes .
Second step : the filling
Use to robot to mix the double cream with the sugar until you obtain a creamy texture, then add the mascarpone. When you’re done, add the strawberries and the raspberries. (Keep some raspberries for the decoration) . If you wanna add the fruit puree, just put some strawberries, some raspberries with icing sugar and some lime juice and put everything in a food processor until you obtain a puree. Add this puree to the previous mixture.
Third step: the decoration
Let the cake cook for a little while and then cut it in the width sense. If you have pastry cutters you can use them to make any shape you want. For mine I have used heart shaped pastry cutters.
Then lay down the filling you made on it and put the back the top of the cake as you would close an hamburger bun. On the top you make an icing by mixing the icing sugar and the lime juice.
Finally cut the strawberries you saved into rounds and put them all around the cake You can add little glitters on the top, but don’t abuse too much on it because you want something sober and smart not something fancy.
You’re now done and ready to enjoy your dessert. No matter with whom you’re gonna share it, your boyfriend, your husband, your best friend, your mother or even your bunny you’ll have a good moment eating something you set your all your heart on.
Let me know about the recipe, one again sorry for having posted it only now but love is a daily action it’s not a one day celebration 😉