Saturday 9 November 2019

Blueberry Compote Cake

Looks like I got the hang of baking cream cakes for our weekends snacks.  Afterall, my 2 adults enjoy homebaked cakes.

Using the same sponge cake adapted from Strawberry cake, this time I added homemade simple blueberry compote as filling.  Perfect combination ! I just love the tangy compote with natural sweetness sandwich between the sponge layers.

Blueberry Compote Cake
3 eggs (60g with shell each)
110g caster sugar
33g unsalted butter melted
53g milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120g cake flour - sifted

To make simple syrup water :
About 150ml water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan, boil over medium flame over the stove.

Stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves completely and the mixture is clear, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Put aside to cool.

For the filling :
Blueberry Compote
300g blueberries
2 tablespoon honey
2 tablesppon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a small pot and cook over low flame for about 8 - 10 mins.
Stirring and meshing the blueberries ocasionally till all softened. Leave cool and the mixture will be slightly thickened.

For whipped cream
200ml Whipping cream
10 grams caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method :
1) Preheat oven to 170°C. Position the rack in center of oven. Note : The temperature of the oven may vary, do adjust accordingly.

2) Lay a 7- inch round pan with parchment paper greased with butter. Set aside.

3) Fill 3/4 cooking pot with water and bring to a boil.  Off the fire remove the pot from stove.  In a stainless steel bowl placed over the cooking pot of hot water, whisk together the eggs, caster sugar and vanilla extract with a whisk. Test batter with thermometer for temperature reached 40 degree celsius.  Remove the bowl from the cooking pot.

4) Combine the milk and butter in a small bowl and put into the pot of hot water to melt the mixture.

5) With electric mixer, beat in low - medium speed the egg batter until smooth, light (about 3 to 4 minutes), switch to high speed and continue to beat for about 5 minutes and ribbon trail forms when whisk lifted up.

6) Add in the sifted cake flour. With a spatula, fold in the flour gently till combined.

7) Remove the butter and milk mixture from the pot. Add a spoonful of batter and mix it with the butter and milk mixture. Pour all into the batter, fold and mix well with a spatula.

8) Pour the batter into the prepared pan.  Smooth the top evenly with a spatula.  Lightly tap the pan  2 - 3 times on a table top to get rid of any trapped air bubbles in the batter.  Bake in preheated oven for about 35 - 40 minutes.

9) Check for doneness with a skewer or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake if it comes out clean.

10) Remove cake from pan, remove the parchment paper and place cake onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the whipped cream:
Freeze the cleaned mixing bowl for about 5 minutes.  Take it out from the freezer, immediately put all together the cold whipping cream,  vanilla extract and caster sugar in the cold mixing bowl. Use the electric mixer to whisk from low speed (about 1 min) then change to high speed until medium to stiff peaks form.  Do not over beat.

Add 1 tablespoon of blueberry compote to the whipped cream, mix well.

Fill some whipped cream in a piping bag fitted with a round nozzle.

To assemble:
1) With one hand firmly on top of the cake, run a serrated knife around the centre of the cake and slice in half horizontally for 2 layers.

2) Spread some whipped cream onto the cake board to stick the bottom cake layer. Place the half of one cake on a cake board and place it on a turntable.

3) Brush the top with a little syrup water. Pipe outer ring with whipped cream. Spoon the blueberry compote to fill the center. Gently stack the other half cake on top of each other, brush a little syrup water and frost the top with some whipped cream.

4) Use spatula to add frosting to the sides of the cake. Wipe the excess frosting off with spatula into a bowl.  When the sides are done, smooth out the top edge. Using your spatula, smooth the excess frosting inward toward the center of the cake.

5) Decorate the top as desires. Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours for the frosting to set before slicing and eating.

Baked a cream cheese frosting blueberry compote birthday cake to a dear frend.
Looked lovely and so glad she had given good compliments to the cake.

Cream Cheese Icing
Enough to frost a 7 inch cake
200g cream cheese, softened
100g unsalted butter, softened
80g sifted icing sugar
1 - 2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 - 2 tablespoon fresh milk (adjust the texture to your preference)

To make cream cheese icing:
1) Allow cream cheese and butter to stand at room temperature. In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter with mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy. Add in fresh milk and lemon juice and whisk to combine.

2) Gradually add in the powdered sugar in 3 additions, beating well. Scrape the sides of the bowl if necessary.  Beat until it reach spreading consistency.

Enjoy & happy baking !

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