Saturday, 15 December 2012

Celebrating 15th December with Neapolitan Cake


This is my first entry in the Baking Partner Challenge. And with this I really hope to improve my baking and specially my  decorating skills. I am super excited.

After seeing beautiful cakes of our FB group page by my friends, I am really nervous about my cake. Their cakes have come out so beautiful. Honestly, I am good at baking cakes. But when it comes to decorating, I go numb. So please bear with my decorating skills.
This wonderful recipe was suggested by Swati, Suja & Archana

Its been a long time I have made cakes using only egg whites. I love the texture of whipped egg whites. So this time I had to go for this cake only.
And we publish our recipe on 15th.

Well 15th of December has lots of importance in my life. 
This is the date I got married. 

This is the day I started  my blog. 
And  its a co-incidence , that this will be my first entry into the group of Baking Partners on 15th December. 







So today's my Marriage anniversary , my 1st  Blog anniversary and a beginning of a new chapter with a wonderful group of  Baking Partners.




TRIPLE Celebration Time 
Neapolitan cakes with its Triple layer is fit for this celebration.


I have gone with the original recipe for the cake changing only the round pan (18 cm) for baking instead of loaf pan. But have made changes in the filling. As we don't use gelatin (Made of Beef fat),  I have gone for simple whipping cream and opted out coconut flakes also (secret Mr P doesn't like coconuts).
I have made an angel cake before so this recipe was easy for me to follow. But this cakes required three separate layers of color.  I have a mini oven & can bake one cake only at a time.So was a  bit concerned that stiff peaks of whipped egg white might collapse for the waiting time. But thankfully I overcame this battle. My 3 layers of sponge cakes had risen nicely.

My camera battery has exhausted at last minute but was able to take few snap of the process.

Ingredients
1 cup cake flour
½ cup ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
8 egg whites (about 1 cup)
¼ tsp cream of tartar
¾ cup granulated sugar
¼ tsp almond extract
Green and red food coloring

Filling
1 ¾ cup heavy cream
3 tsp confectionary sugar
¼ cup strawberry jam
 Red & Green Sugar crystals

Method:

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degree F. Coat three loaf 9 1/4x 5 ¼ inch loaf pan with non stick cooking spray and line with wax paper
  2. Whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
  4. Gradually add granulated sugar in medium high until stiff peaks are formed.
  5. Sprinkle half of the flour mixture over the beaten egg whites and fold in gently. Repeat with the remaining flour and fold in almond extract.
  6. Measure ¼ cup of batter into two separate bowls and mix one with green food color and another with pink and keep the remaining as white.
  7. Pour this batter into three separate pans  and bake for about 12 minutes.
  8. The center of the cake layers springs back when lightly pressed with finger tips. Invert cake into wire racks and allow cooling.

Filling
  1. With a mixer on medium speed beat the remaining 1 1/2 cup cream and confectioners sugar till it thickens and is frothy. Beat until stiff peaks form
  2. Place green cake on a platter and spread two tablespoons of jam over the cake and then spread 1/3 cup of whipped cream on top.
  3. Repeat layering with white cake and finally place the pink cake on top. 
  4. Refrigerate the cake for 45 minutes or till the whipped cream is firm.
  5. Decorate with sugar crystals (added a few drops of red & green color to grainy sugar)
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29 comments:

  1. Cake looks so soft and fluffy lovely dear.

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  2. Happy Anniversary..Cake looks so beautiful and perfect...Hope you had fun joining us..:)

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  3. Thanks Janani & Reshmi. And I am really happy to join this community of Baking Partners. No doubts.Thanks for having me.

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  4. 1st best wishes dear..wish u both couple 2 celebrate more n more...n cake luks super awesum...nice blog vth yummy recipes..
    BTW Iam back to blogging..plz visit my space n if gets sum time check out my new FB page dear.Thanks in advance..
    Maha

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  5. Happy anniversary to you, Congrats on your anniversary. Love this cake, you did very well. Can you link it to linky tool in my blog.

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  6. Happy anniversary, congrats. Beautiful cake,simply love those prefect layers.

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  7. Perfect 3 tier cake for the celebrations! Happy Anniversary to you and Happy blogging. Good to know you through baking partners!

    Sandhya

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  8. Double wishes to you- for your wedding anniversary and for your blog anniversary.. My best wishes.. Cake looks awesome.. You have made it very well :)

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  9. Looks delicious, Happy anniversary
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  10. Hope you had a lovely anniversary. Great looking cake :)

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  11. Thanks Pallavi. Yes had a wonderful day. Time has flown so fast 9 years but feeling are still going stronger years by years.

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  12. Happy Anniversary and a warm welcome to Baking partners. Your cake looks very soft and inviting.

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  13. Happy anniversary dear, cake looks great :) and we all learn from each attempt in this group so dont worry sure there will lots of improvements as days goes... nevertheless it looks nice

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  14. Nice! Love the thick filling! Oh btw, welcome to Baking Partners! HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY...and HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY TOO!

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  15. Fluufy soft looking cake..Love it..First time here and love your space..glad to follow you..

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  16. lovely we miss u.happy blog aniversary

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  17. welcome to the grp dear.hats off to ur cake.

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  18. Your cake is beautiful! Your decorating is pretty. What a great way to celebrate all 3 things with 3 delicious layers of cake!

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