Coffee Chocolate Mascarpone Layered Cake🎂

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  • Ingredients:
    Coffee Sponge Cakes {make 2 X 4 egg sponges, the quantities below are for 1 sponge only. Double them}
    4 eggs
    100 gm granulated sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp coffee extract
    1 tbsp instant coffee powder
    100 gm plain flour
    3/4 tsp baking powder
    Pinch salt
    Coffee syrup
    100 gm sugar
    100 ml water
    1 tbsp instant coffee

    Mocha Pastry Crème
    100 gm dark chocolate
    100 gm sugar
    2 egg yolks
    1 tsp vanilla bean powder
    300 ml low fat milk {divided 200+100 ml}
    1 tbsp corn flour

  • Filling
    1 portion mocha pastry cream {as above}
    100 gm whipping cream, chilled
    1 tsp gelatin (If you using light cream, you need to add 1 tbsp gelatin)
    1 tbsp Rum (optional)

    Coffee Mascarpone Frosting
    250 gm Mascarpone {made from 400 gm low fat cream; recipe here}
    100 ml low fat cream, chilled
    25 gm icing sugar
    1 tbsp instant coffee
    1 tbsp Rum (optional)

    Dark Chocolate Glaze
    100 gm dark chocolate
    50 gm unsalted butter
    1 tbsp honey

    To garnish
    Dark chocolate flakes, cocoa nibs, cocoa

  • Method:
    Coffee Sponge Cake {Make 2 X 4 egg sponges}
    Preheat oven to 190°C. . Line 2 X 8″ loose bottomed round baking tins with parchment paper.
    Make 1 sponge at a time {or an 8 egg one if you have large bowls.
    Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Hold the bowl over simmering water. Beat the eggs until they have tripled in volume, and become mousse like, 5-7 minutes.
    Take off water, add vanilla and beat for another 1-2 minutes.
    Beat in the coffee extract, coffee powder, baking powder and salt.

  • Sift 1/3 of the flour into the bowl and gently fold in with a metal spoon/spatula. Repeat with the remaining flour.
    Turn batter into tins and bake for 30 minutes, until lightly coloured and a tester comes out clean.
    Cool cakes in tin for 5 minutes, the then remove from tin and cool completely on rack. Slice each cake into 3 horizontally, total 6 layers.

    Coffee Syrup
    Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Cool completely.

  • Mocha Pastry Crème

    Bring 200 ml milk, vanilla sugar and a pinch of salt to a gentle boil in a pot.

    In the meantime, whisk the egg yolks and sugar with a wooden spoon in a big bowl until the mixture becomes pale and light. Stir in the flour slowly until it is thoroughly mixed with the egg mixture.

    Pour the boiling milk into the mixture a little by little while whisking continuously to avoid curdling. And then stir in the rest of the milk until the mixture is well combined.

  • Transfer the whole mixture into a pot, with the chocolate and seeds scraped from the vanilla bean, and heat it under low setting. Stir it constantly with the wooden spoon or spatula scraping the sides and bottom until it has thickened.

    Once the custard has thickened, take it off the heat, and strain / pour it into a clean bowl. Cool, cover with cling wrap touching the surface, then chill for a few hours.

  • Filling
    Sprinkle the gelatin over 30 ml warm water to dissolve.
    Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Gently stir the mocha pastry cream through it, mixing uniformly. Stir in the rum and cooled gelatin.

    Coffee Mascarpone Frosting
    Whip the cream with the sugar and coffee to medium stiff peaks. Fold the mascarpone gently though it, making sure you doesn't lose any volume.

  • Assemble
    Lay the first layer on a serving platter and place a dessert ring around it. Paint the layer with the coffee syrup and top with 1/5th of the filling. Repeat with remaining layers.
    Frost with the coffee mascarpone cream. Chill for at least an hour in the fridge.

    Dark Chocolate Glaze
    Place all ingredients in a heat proof bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Mix and repeat if required. Cool a little, and when still pour-able, pour gently and evenly over the cake allowing it to drip over the sides.

    Garnish as desired.


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