Tender Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Berries
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Tender Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting and Berries

Ingredients

For the Cake Base:

  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 35 g cornstarch
  • 40 ml olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt

For the frosting:

Instructions

Cake Base:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Line a 18-20 cm cake pan with a circle of baking paper. Grease well the pan.
  • In a bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Mix to blend and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat eggs and sugar until the mixture gets pale and thick and increases its volume. Add vanilla extract and olive oil and beat shortly until absorbed.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients, mixing gently with a rubber spatula, until incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool until room temperature before assembling the cake.

Frosting:

  • In a large bowl beat together mascarpone, sour cream and powdered sugar until fluffy.
  • Melt both kinds of chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (very carefully at low power, mixing every few seconds). Mix the melted chocolate until the colour becomes uniform.
  • Using a rubber spatula carefully fold the chocolate into the mascarpone mixture.

To assemble the cake:

  • Using a serrated knife cut horizontally the cake base in 3 or 4 equal layers. Place one layer on a serving plate and cover generously with frosting. Arrange on top part of the berries (1/2 or 1/3, depending on the number of layers). Repeat the procedure until finishing all layers.
  • Cover the cake on top and around the sides with the rest of the frosting. Decorate with berries.

Notes

This frosting is not very thick. If it looks too runny, you can add more melted chocolate and refrigerate again. White chocolate will not hold it very strongly, so to make it thicker, add more dark chocolate and/ or use only dark chocolate. Optionally you can also use half of the sour cream quantity.
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