2010-05-13

White Chocolate Raspberry Macadamia Cake

This is truly a special cake. When cakes come with challenges, am at my upper maxima. I love challenges. It required lot of patience, had to be slow and go step by step. But efforts paid when everyone enjoyed it. I made it for girls "dessert" evening it was perfect combo with some tea and coffee.

Raspberry with chocolate will make world's best yum couple. Macadamia brought an interesting twist in couple. Not too hard, nor too heavy but subtle and crunchy was enough to take me straight to heaven. I brought organic macadamia nut and roasted larger quantity than required for cakes, they were quite irresistible.

I can go endless singing glories about this special cake. Original recipe is form fine cooking, but used it only for preparing the cake with macadamia nut. Rest made my own raspberry rum filling and white chocolate ganache.

                                                                          Frozen Raspberries


                                                                          The Chocolate Leaves


                                                                                Raspberry fillings


                                                           Cake ingredients and cake procedures 





                                                             Baked cake and assembling cake layers


                                             Preparing chocolate ganche and coating it on cake


















Ingredients

Raspberry fillling
200 gram frozen raspberry
60 gram  sugar
25 gram corn starch
1 to 2 tbsp rum

White chocolate leaves
9 to 12 organic lemon leaves, preferably different size ( I used clean Rose leaves)
180 gram white chocolate coarsely chopped

Cake
150 gram unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp butter for greasing baking pans
350 gram flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
180 gram granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
150 ml buttermilk
200 gram chopped white chocolate 
110 gram chopped toasted macadamia nuts

White chocolate genache
200 ml pure cream
450 gram white chocolate finely chopped.

Method

Raspberry fillings
Let 200 gram  raspberries come to room temperature. This brings out lot of water from berries. Take the raspberries with water to heavy bottom saucepan and place it on medium heat. Take care so that you don't burn the berries. Now mix sugar and corn starch together. While raspberries are just about to boil add corn starch and sugar mixture to it and keep stirring till the corn starch is cooked. It will gradually start to thicken up and slowly the mixture will get clear. Filling will be ready once the mixture gets clear. Take it off from heat and let it cool. Before coating the cake with filling, mix with 1 or 2 tbsp spoon of rum. I prepared this filling previous day and let them cool in refrigerator.

White chocolate leaves
Wash the leaves and dry them with paper towels. Heat one inch of water in a saucepan, place a steel bowl with 180 gram of white chocolate over saucepan and whisk until melted and smooth. Using a fine food brush, paint a thick coat of chocolate on the underside of each leaf. Take care not to drip chocolates over the sides of the leaves, or they will be difficult to peal off later. Place the leaves with chocolate side upwards on baking sheet and leave in a cool, dry place or refrigerate until the chocolate has set (30 minutes). Hold the leaf stem and peal the leaf carefully away from chocolate. Transfer the chocolate leaves to the other baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use.

Preparing cake
Preheat the oven to 175 C. Butter three 18cm round cake pans. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Add the vanilla and the four egg yolk one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add about one-third of the flour mixture and mix until incorporated. Add half if butter milk and mix well. Continue adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk, alternating between the two and ending with flour. Beat white part of 4 eggs separately till they form medium peak. Mix it with cake batter slowly till they have mixed uniformly. The batter will be thick and glossy. Fold in white chocolate and macadamia nuts.

Divide the cake batter evenly among  the prepared cake pans. Level the batter with a spatula. Arrange the pans on the oven racks so that no pan is directly over another. Bake, swapping and rotating the pan's positions after 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cakes come out clean, 30 to 35 minutes total.  Cool for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes and cool the cakes completely. Basically I baked two cakes instead of three and sliced the big cake in to two halves.

Ganache
Place the chopped white chocolate into medium size bowl. Set aside while you heat the cream. Heat the cream in a small saucepan until just boiling. Pour the cream over  the chocolate and leave it to stand for two minutes. This will give the chocolate time to soften. Stir the ganache until smooth. Leave the white chocolate ganache to cool until it reaches the desired consistency. If ganache solidifies or doesn't melt well heat in microwave for 30 sec and stir again to smooth.

Assemble the cake
Place the cake on a flat serving plate or cake stand. Spread a uniform coating of raspberry filling on top of the cake. Repeat the same with second cake layer. Amount of raspberry filling is up to you, I used 3 to 4 table spoon of filling. Top with the last cake layer. Spread white chocolate ganche with clean broad (offset) spatula, over the top and side of the cake. Refrigerate the cake until the ganche firms enough for about 20 to 30 minutes. Decorate with white chocolate leaves, fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

25 comments:

Padma Shanthi May 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

Looks awesome and I am sure it tasted awesome!!!

Padma Shanthi May 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

hey also..very creative job!

Ananda Rajashekar May 13, 2010 at 4:48 PM  

Thanks Shanthi :)

Child at the seashore May 13, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

I was waiting for this post
Romba Nanri...I will be double superhit if I succeed in this like the chocoraspberry cupcake...

Ananda Rajashekar May 13, 2010 at 5:52 PM  

:) welcome dear!...Ah sure it will be super big hit and you will succeed in flying color to impress :)

R May 13, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

hey pls send me all ingredients & oven 2 try this cake , mouth watering

Ananda Rajashekar May 13, 2010 at 8:42 PM  

Ha ha ..Rum you are funny!...anyways just sent....do try and let me know :p

Rahamath May 13, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

WOW thats great maashaaAllah. Awesome work. I thought you bought those chocolate leaves from shop but thats just wonderful that you made by yourself. Keep up your good job of posting recipes like this with a fantastic work and we will do our job of following your blog and enjoy your work inshaaAllah. :D

Ananda Rajashekar May 13, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

Thanks Nisa, glad you all liked my cake :)

Sankaran May 14, 2010 at 4:19 AM  

Wow really beautiful, I wanted to bake a cake for my friend's birthday will try this one :)

Ananda Rajashekar May 14, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

Thanks Ananthi, how wonderful...do let me know how it turns out to be :)

Choclette May 14, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

Now that looks like a cake to die for - it's beautiful and what fantastic flavours. I admire your patience - I don't have it, so could never produce anything as perfect as this.

Ananda Rajashekar May 14, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

thanks a lot :) ha ha...best compliment so far!

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com May 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

oooh - a very special cake indeed. The little raspberries and mint leaves really set off your white chocolate leaves.

VERY pretty. Well done.

Ananda Rajashekar May 16, 2010 at 5:00 PM  

:) Thanks sarah!

Vinolia May 20, 2010 at 11:51 AM  

lovely clicks and I'm sure it tasted fantastic!!!

Ananda Rajashekar May 20, 2010 at 11:25 PM  

Thanks Vinolia...:)

Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear May 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

Blimey!! That is one stunning cake! If you don't finish your PhD you could always be a baker!

Ananda Rajashekar May 23, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

@Wendy ha ha Thanks you!

Ailbhe July 15, 2010 at 4:59 PM  

More pretty-to-look-at cooking from you! Lovely. I need to cook and take something for a Strawberry Tea fundraising event so I may try a version of this! I'll let you know how it goes if I do : ) (I prefer raspberries though!)

Ananda Rajashekar July 16, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

Thanks Ailbhe, how wonderful...Please do try and let me know, coz am curios to know how it would be with strawberries :)

Hasna January 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

i wanted to try this out...does ths give a soury taste?? ma kids won't eat if this one is sour...pls help me...& also do we need to coat the leaves with butter or something...?? can we peel off the leaves easily??
luvly place...

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Ananda Rajashekar January 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM  

Hasna, Thanks for dropping by and for your kind words of appreciations. Regarding cake, no it didn't taste sour, it was well balance by sweetness form white chocolate. Now since you said it is for kids, i would suggest adding bit more sugar for the filling...taste the filling first while preparing, if you find it sour..add something like 70-80 gram of sugar original recipe was about 60 grams. Hope this helps..and for pealing leaves, no u should not coat with butter. It is very easy to peal the leaves after chocolate hardens. Make sure u coat it on underside of the leaves...Good luck with cake hope kids will like it :) anymore details required let me know :)

CharlesR October 9, 2011 at 8:10 PM  

Hello:

could you please tell me what size of pan you used?

Ananda Rajashekar October 9, 2011 at 8:17 PM  

Charles as mentioned above it's 18 cm pan

 
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