Angel food cake with lemon curd

IMG_1130ALook at this cake, not having a smooth side, imperfection decoration, simply because I don’t have the patient to decorate the cake or making it smooth. It is just beyond me! I think the way this cake looks will tells you it is home made.

Most people will have an answer said this is chiffon cake base, eventually it is not chiffon but angel food cake base. There are three basic cake commonly use as base. Sponge cake, chiffon, angel food cake. Three of them content light airy interior.

Sponge cake, made with butter, sugar, flour, eggs. It contain whole eggs Their leavening comes only from beaten egg whites (no baking powder or soda), and they have little or no butter. Is very common with eggy,  yellowish, crumble texture, light as well. It is a versatile cake that you could add any flavour.

Chiffon cake, made with eggs, sugar, flour, water and vegetable oil but no butter. It is very light, slightly dry if you just eating the cake itself. Chiffon cakes are light like sponge cakes, but the egg whites are not beaten separately. Chiffon cakes also generally contain oil so they are more tender and moist than sponge cake.

Is an obsession throughout South-east Asia, in Japan there are whole bakeries devoted to it. Chinese schoolchildren eat it as a snack. In the Philippines the ability to turn out airy chiffon is the test of a good home cook. Yet few in Britain know about it, despite our collective love of cake. I remembered when I was a kids, I had green pandan (pandanus amaryllifolius or screwpine leave) chiffon cake, it is very soft, spongy, dry. Often it made me choke when I eating it too quickly, simply because it is tasty. Most housewife in Asia would perfecting this chiffon cake recipe and by making them as light as possible, adding flavouring in it.

Angel food cake, made with egg whites, sugar and flour. It is even lighter than chiffon cake, Angel food cakes have no fat or leavening (such as baking powder). They are leavened with beaten egg whites and they have a high proportion of egg white to flour.

The following recipe was adopted from Mary Berry that made it at Master class of the Great British Baked-Off. I think this cake make a good center piece on your dinner party. You will need a special mould for this cake 25cm angel food cake pan or chiffon pan

Cake ingredients

  • 125g plain flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 10 large free-range egg whites
  • 2 large lemon, grated zest only
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt

Lemon curd ingredients (this makes more lemon curd than you need for this cake)

  • 10 large free-range egg yolks
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 4 large lemons, juice only (±200ml)
  • 2 large lemons, grated zest only
  • 175g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 passion fruit

Topping

  • 300ml whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 (fan 160C) and arrange an oven shelf in the bottom third of the oven. Sift the flour and 100g/3½oz of the caster sugar together in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric hand whisk or mixer on a high speed for one minute until frothy. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, cream of tartar and salt and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes, or until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Increase the speed and add the remaining 200g/7oz of caster sugar, one tablespoon at a time to form firm, but not stiff peaks.
  3. Sprinkle over one-third of the flour mixture and fold gently to combine. Repeat with the remaining two-thirds of the flour mixture folding gently to keep as much air in the mixture as possible.
  4. Transfer the batter to a 25cm/10in angel food cake pan. Gently run a knife through the centre of the batter to remove any pockets of air. Cook for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and immediately turn upside down onto the tin’s cooling legs, or place over the neck of a wine bottle. Leave to cool for at least one hour.
  6. Run a knife around the inner and outer edges of cake to remove it from the pan. Invert onto a plate. Carefully use a palette knife to separate the cake from the base of the pan. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  7. For the lemon curd, mix the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest together in a large pan. Cook over a low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, making sure to stir the sides and base of the pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Pass through a sieve into a large jug. Fill two 350g/12oz glass jars with the lemon curd and seal with lids. Cover the remaining curd with cling film and leave to cool.
  8. For the topping, whisk the cream and vanilla extract in a bowl until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed. Spoon the topping over the angel food cake and, using a palette knife, coat the top and sides of the cake, smoothing as you go.
  9. Cut the passion fruit in half and scoop out the seeds. Stir the passion fruit into the reserved, cooled lemon curd and drizzle over the angel food cake before serving. You may want to use just one of the jars of lemon curd to serve with the cake and save the other to eat separately.

Note: Do not be tempted to grease the tin – it will prevent the cake from rising properly. If you want to cut back on fat or have a dairy intolerance, this is a great cake to make. The cake itself doesn’t contain any butter and you can easily swap the toppings for a fruit syrup or jam if you want to make it completely dairy-free. The egg yolks are used up in a job lot of lemon curd, but you could always buy in a good jar lemon curd and save your yolks for another use.

 

 

 

 

Lemon Madeira with Berries

P1150174A Cake lover will definitely love this small and yet fabulously to eat. I made this for my friend request something new from the tradition patisserie.

I made lemon madeira and sandwich it with home made lemon curd, topped with crème pâtissière and fresh raspberry and blackberry. I love the colour of berries shine on the cake and look very summer and sunshine too.

As I loved madeira cake on its own, the golden-yellow colour with crack usually (but this I had it remove to assemble to be a sandwich cake. If you would like to try just the madeira cake on its own, here is the full recipe for this cake. You could just stop where the cake is finished to cool, but I can’t stop myself to develop  more and make it interesting.

Madeira cake:

  • 240g unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g caster sugar,plus extra for sprinkling
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 210 self-raising flour (you can use plain flour with 21g of baking powder)
  • 90g plain flour
  • Fresh raspberry and blackberry

Lemon curd:

  • Grated zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 40g sugar
  • 45g butter
  • 2 egg yolks

Crème pâtissière:

  • 3 large egg yolks (roughly 60g)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 20g Cornstarch
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 250ml whole milk
  1. To make the lemon curd, put the lemon zest and juice, salt, sugar and butter into a small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar and butter have melted.
  2. Remove from the heat. Whisk the egg yolks in a bowl, then add to the pan and whisk vigorously. Return the pan to a low heat and whisk constanly as the curd starts to thicken.
  3. Don’t stop whisking or the egg will curdle (if the curd starts heat and pass the curd through a sieve into a bowl.
  4. Place cling film in direct contact with the curd and refrigerate for at least an hour, or overnight.
  5. To make the cake. Preheated oven of 170ºC. Grease and line two 12cm round spring form cake tins.
  6. Cream the butter and sugar, and add the lemon zest. Add the eggs one at a time with a tablespoon of the flour for each.
  7. Then gently mix in the rest of the flour and finally, the lemon juice. Sprinkle with caster sugar (roughly 2 tablespoons should do it)
  8. Bake  for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until a cake taster comes out clean. Remove to wire rack and let it cool in the tin before turning out.
  9. To make the creme patissiere. Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until light and thick, then whisk in the cornstarch.
  10. In saucepan add the vanilla extract into milk, bring the milk to a boil and switch off the heat.
  11. Pour the milk in a slow stream on to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously all the time.
  12. Return the mixture to a clean pot and continuously whisk over a medium heat. Make sure to scrape theside and  bottom of the pan, otherwise it will burn. The cream will start to thicken. Once it release a bubble or two, take it off the heat.
  13. Pour on to a tray lined with clig film. Cover with cling film (pat the clig film so it sticks directly on to the cream) and refrigerate for at least an hour before using.
  14. When the cake is cool, level the cake by cut off the uneven top then spread the lemon curd onto one of the cake, sandwich another one on top.
  15. Spread the creme patissiere on top of the cake then top with raspberry and blackberry.  Done!

I hope this recipe bring a really enjoyment on your table. Have fun!