Walnut Sponge cake with Chocolate Chips Frosting | Dani's Cookings
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Walnut Sponge cake with Chocolate Chips Frosting

Ingredients

For the cake base:

  • 60 g ground walnuts
  • 4 eggs divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 100 g self raising flour
  • 20 ml milk
  • 150 g sugar
  • pinch of salt

For the Chocolate Chips Frosting:

  • 200 g whipping cream
  • 2 tbs powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 g dark chocolate chips

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 125 g butter soft
  • 350 g cream cheese
  • 150 g powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For decoration:

  • Chocolate coated fruits and chocolate balls.

Instructions

Cake Base:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Line a 18-20 cm (7-8 inch) cake pan with a circle of baking paper and then grease well the pan.
  • In a bowl combine ground walnuts and flour and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla until thick and pale. Gradually add the dry ingredients and the milk, folding gently with a rubber spatula until well combined.
  • Wash and wipe the beaters of the mixer before beating the egg whites.
  • In another large bowl beat the whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula little by little add the egg whites to the yolk mixture. Fold gently until uniform.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top with the spatula if needed. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool until room temperature before assembling it.

Chocolate Chip Frosting:

  • In a large bowl beat together cream, sugar and vanilla until very thick. With a rubber spatula fold in the chocolate chips.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer beat butter, vanilla and sugar until fluffy. Add cream cheese and continue beating until the frosting becomes smooth and fluffy.

To assemble:

  • Cut the cake horizontally into 3 equal layers (the easiest way is to refrigerate it first and to use a long serrated knife).
  • Place one layer on a cake stand/ serving plate and cover it with half of the Chocolate Chip Frosting.
  • Place another layer on top and spread the remaining Chocolate Chip Frosting on it. Cover with the third layer.
  • Frost the cake all around with the Cream Cheese Frosting. Decorate as desired.
  • Refrigerate for 4-8 hours before serving.
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