Was considering whether to use the previous recipe attempted for dear son's birthday or try the other recipe by Whisk Kid that I was interested in. As it was also the hubby's birthday recently, I took the opportunity to test-bake Whisk Kid's recipe.
I decided to go for 7" round cake as my friend's cake is supposed to be for 10 pax. I reckoned the cake would be too tall if it were 6". But since it's only a test-bake, I just did a 4-layer cake instead of actual 7-layer one. As such, I halved Whisk Kid's recipe. For the buttercream, I also used Whisk Kid's Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream, and adjusted the ratio accordingly, enough to crumb coat and frost the cake.
The cake turned out beautifully, and in fact the texture was slightly more tender than the previous recipe, which was curious because Whisk Kid's recipe uses lesser sugar and butter comparatively. Or could it be the eggs? Whisk Kid uses only egg whites and lululu uses full eggs? I have no idea. But the cake's texture is still not as tender as I like. Probably I would use cake flour for the actual cake.
As for the lemony buttercream, I thought that the lemon extract was too sharp for my liking. Hubby had the same though as well. But the lemon taste did provide a slightly refreshing change to the otherwise vanilla base cake. Probably I will add lemon juice instead of extract, or explore other lemon buttercream recipe.
(7", 4 layer, recipe from Whisk Kid)
- 213g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 113g unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 213g caster sugar
- 3 egg whites (I use 2 x 60g eggs and 1x 50g egg), room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 180g fresh milk, room temperature
- Red, green, yellow, blue gel colouring
- Preheat the oven to 175 degree celsius. Grease 4 x 7" cake pans and line with parchment paper. (Alternatively, grease the cake pans and dust generously with flour, then tap away excess flour). Set aside.
- Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix well and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg whites gradually, then add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
- Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk, until just blended. Stop to scrap down sides of the bowl with spatula as necessary.
- Total weight of batter is about 830g. Divide into 4 portions (each about 205g - 208g).
- Add food colouring to each portion using toothpick, bit by bit to desired colour tone. Mix thoroughly to ensure all the colouring is well blended with the batter.
- Pour batter into cake pans and smooth the surface. Bake for about 13 to 15 mins.
- Place the cake pans on a wire rack to cool for 15 mins. Invert the cakes onto rack and let cool completely. If not frosting immediately, wrap each layer individually with clingwrap.
(with some excess)
- 8 egg whites
- 320g caster sugar
- 360g unsalted butter, softened
- 1.5 tsp lemon extract
- Place egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water. Using a hand whisk, beat continuously until sugar has completely dissolved. The egg whites should feel hot to touch. Remove from heat.
- Transfer mixing bowl to electric stand mixer and beat at high speed using whisk attachment till meringue is thick, glossy and cool down to room temperature.
- Reduce speed to medium and add softened cubes of butter gradually. Continue mixing until the meringue turns into a silky smooth texture of buttercream. *It may seem like a long time, but the switch in texture can happen quite sudden, be sure to watch closely.
- Add the lemon extract and mix till well-incorporated.
- To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a serving plate/tray and spread some buttercream evenly. Repeat this process until all cake layers are stacked.
- Crumb-coat the top and sides of the cake, and place the cake into the fridge to chill for 30 mins.
- Frost the cake and garnish as desired.
- Chill the cake to set the frosting. Leave in room temperature for at least 1 hour before serving.