Dandelion cake

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This is my personal favourite so far. I love illustrations of dandelions and that dandelion of umbrellas is an incredibly nice picture. The turquoise colour makes it even more beautiful. It was the first time I felt like I didn’t want to cut a cake because it was too pretty!
I made this cake for a competition, using a design from a gallery. More about the preparation process and the design you can find here.
The cake was not only pretty but also tasty.
The recipe is for a 17 cm cake pan. If you want to make a bigger cake, double the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

For the white chocolate base:
45 g white chocolate, grated
90 g sugar
150 g plain yogurt, 4,5% fat
35 g butter, softened
90 g all purpose flour
1 large egg or 2 small
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the dark chocolate base:
2 eggs
150 g plain yogurt, 4,5% fat
90 g sugar
90 g all purpose flour
30 g butter, softened
1 tbs olive oil
45 g dark chocolate, grated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the mascarpone frosting:
200 g mascarpone
100 g heavy cream, cooled on the top rack of the fridge for at least 4 hours
2 tbs caster sugar
vanilla extract

For the buttercream frosting:
100 g butter, softened
100 g caster sugar
vanilla extract

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Method:
White chocolate layers: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 17-18 cm cake pan and line it with a circle of parchment paper.
In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, yogurt and vanilla. Whisk until homogeneous. Add the flour mixture and and the chocolate and whisk until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack before assembling it.

Dark chocolate layers: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 17-18 cm cake pan and line it with a circle of parchment paper.
In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and set aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter, olive oil and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, yogurt and vanilla. Whisk until homogeneous. Add the flour mixture and and the chocolate and whisk until just combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool for about 10 minutes before removing it from the pan. Let cool completely on a wire rack before assembling it.

Mascarpone frosting:
Insert a large mixing bowl in the freezer to cool for about 15 minutes.
Beat the heavy cream in the cold mixing bowl until it forms soft peaks. Add caster sugar and vanilla and continue beating until it makes stiffer peaks.
Add mascarpone to the heavy cream and mix carefully with a spatula until homogeneous.

Buttercream frosting:
In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and vanilla. Add in the sugar little by little, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until light and fluffy.

Assembling the cake:
When the cake bases are completely cold, use a serrated knife to cut each one horizontally in 2 equal layers. Place one layer on a serving plate or a cake stand. Spread on top one third of the Mascarpone frosting. Cover with a second layer (different from the first one) and spread another third of the mascarpone frosting on top. Place another layer, same as the first one, and spread the rest of the frosting. Cover with the last layer. Wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours.
When the cake is completely cool, frost it all around with the buttercream frosting. Decorate as desired.

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