Friday 21 February 2014

Coffee Chocolate Mascarpone Layered Cake

Chocolate Mascarpone Layered Cake

It was my hubby’s birthday a couple of days ago and unlike every year this time he was pretty sure of the cake he wanted! He had seen the picture of this cake on my FB feed and asked me to make it… I knew I didn’t have to worry about how the cake would turn out as I trust Deeba’s recipes blindly and from experience I know her recipes always turn out perfect :)…. Like we expected this is a beautifully flavored, 6 layers of delicious cake which you will definitely like if you are a coffee lover! I followed the recipe as is, but added a little rum in the filling and frosting. Also I reduced the gelatin in the filling to 1 tsp as I used heavy whipping cream… Only trouble I had was the frosting… mine turned out a little loose and it was difficult for me to frost it on to the cake so I added a little gelatin to the frosting to make it thick… The procedure is a little lengthy and elaborate  but if you split the work and start making a day or two  ahead, it will be an easy job…. But worth the effort for a beautiful 6 layered Coffee Chocolate Mascarpone Cake!

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Coffee Chocolate Mascarpone Layered Cake
Recipe Source ~  Passionate About Baking 
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

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 

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
Mascarpone Layered Cake

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  1. Lovely cake Swapna.. I so badly want a piece :(

  2. It's beautiful Swapna, I was hopping to see how it looks from the inside too, but I'll let my imagination work on that part for now, until I try it out in my kitchen ... Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Lovely colours n where is the pic of slice? Waiting to c it :)

  4. Hi Sapna! I hopped over to your blog from Food Gawker after seeing your stunning cake beckoning me!! Beautiful presentation & I am sure the cake tasted awesome :)

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words :) and yes the cake tasted awesome!

  5. This looks so beautiful. Love the cake stand! I am curious what the inside of the cake looks like.

    1. Thank you so much :)... Couldn't get a chance to take a pic of the sliced cake :(

  6. Hi Swapna your blog really inspired me to cook.Cake looks really gud

  7. Hi Swapna
    Ur cake looks really gud.your blog really inspired me to try out new things.Thank you so much

  8. Hello Swapna, you have a amazinglicious blog. There are so many recipes to go through and try out. This coffee cake looks so delicious and tempting. And the decoration is adding more charm to the cake. Lovely cake stand. Keep baking, and keep smiling. :) And do visit our website sometime if you're looking for online cake delivery in delhi.
    Thanks :)

  9. Amezing cake swapna...I tried but my oven is not giving me good results, can you enlighten me about oven so that I can buy a new one and try all yor cakes and cookies

  10. How can I make it eggless it looks soooooo tempting flavour combinations are awesome


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