Monday, November 5, 2007

Bountiful Fresh Fruit N Cream Cake

Fresh cream cakes are safe bets when you don't know what cake to bake for a crowd. Personally I find them rather boring to eat so for my mom's birthday, I decided if that's what everybody likes, then that's what they get except I'm going to overdo it with all kinds of fruits.

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This cake had layers of sponge filled with fresh cream and lemon curd, giving a light and refreshing cake. I wanted it grand, so I made it double-tiered by sticking lengths of disposible chopsticks into the lower tier of the cake for support, sort of like piling columns for buildings. Cut the chopsticks higher if you want to ice and fill the surface of the bottom layer, which is what I did. Then place the second layer of cake (which is on a same-size cake board) on top of the bottom layer of cake. I wish I had taken step-by-step pictures but there was no one around to help take pictures.

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I baked two cakes in one go using the turbo fan and as usual, the results were not as good as when I bake the cakes one by one. The cakes usually get too burnt even though I lowered the oven temperature from 170 C to 140 C. Does anybody have any tips for baking cakes using turbo fans? How about the expert, Nee?

22 comments:

Hong Yi said...

Very pretty! :)

Oh oh, very important question:Were the berries sweet?

meatball online said...

wah.... my eyes were double size when i see this pic!

i'm impressed!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

yi:blueberries were bland, blackberries were sour with a hint if bitter, strawberries as usual n i shd've used my favorite - raspberries.
meatball: so did everybody's mouths, esp when they wheeled it in :)

Denise said...

wah.... * Impressed *
Huge cake fuLL of Luvs ;D

Greg Wee said...

NEE: wah so pretty.. i mean the cake. So much hearts in making it i think. Also congrats on the articles. you are getting famous woohooo!

Ehmm i dont like using fan forced for butter types or spongy cakes because the cakes will generally be drier if not more burnt than normal ones. If you used fan forced, usually turn the temp 10 to 15 deg celcius lower than the non fan ones so if normal is 180 deg, fan forced is 165 deg. Then you need to swap your cakes around even though fan suppose to give a allrounder effects. Say you bake one cake on one layer, you must swap after say 20 min. or if it is side by side need to change the position. Still best is to watch with eyes. BTW fan forced also baked faster like at least 10 min faster even with the lower.

I would just used 170 to 180 non fan and do the swaps or change. would give nicer sponges.

Anonymous said...

Delicious!! Love it some much

ekeng said...

What can i say about this cake..It's Fresh,tropical feeling,lovely,beautiful,creative..I give you 10 out of 10.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

hahaha!everytime i see these pics it makes me laugh. i shd call this ridiculously overloaded cake!

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

gregwee:i didn't want to swap, tt's y i used d fan..so if u don't swap, how do u bake many cakes in a day?
ekeng: hey, thanks tt's really very nice of u

Greg Wee said...

NEE: Either the oven is very big to accommodate them all on the same level and in most bakeries, it will be those huge gas operated ones, which maybe weaker.

If you really insist on not swapping, the cakes both should be on same level. In addition, use lower temperature like what you have done and cut down on time by at least 10 min sometimes even 20min. i remember i once bake a carrot cake and forgot to switch fan off, 30 min i started to smell it which i normally don til say 45 min without fan. Generally fan forced i only use for say 2 no of cakes on the same rack. That is no prob at all unless i notice a slight colour difference, then i do a swap.

Of course if you have to use two racks for baking bigger cakes, you still reduce temp and time and you must check consistently and not left it to the timer. Please remember, fan forced oven is known to do drier cakes. speed vs quality kinda thing.

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

gregwee:tq dear. hey, my sponge cake has a more chiffony, foamy texture whereas cakeshop sponges r diff, soft and crumbly. do u know what i mean? i like tt sometimes. any tips??

^ViVi+YuKiKiGirL^ said...

Yummy N beautiful cake....Tricia and i ate so much by chokstick...haha

WoMbOk™♂ said...

That's a seriously good looking cake. Taste even better i bet.

Greg Wee said...

NEE: I notice that too. been wanting to try your recipe. yours is the egg white separated method and hence foamy on the verge of almost can feel water coming out rite.

I usually use a beat all together method hehe (hope i am not confusing you), essentially it is eggs, water, dry all in and beat til fluffy and add melted butter last. most bakeries will use this as it is faster. some just use sponge mixes with this method. I have written a blog on a golden pancake which uses sponge but have not posted it yet. stay tune for the recipe.

daisyfused said...

THIS CAKE IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!

I'M DROOLING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I CAN SOOOOOOO IMAGINE MYSELF SINKING MY TEETH INTO IT!!!!!!!!

:) its a grand, beautiful and generous cake, befitting of po-po's 80-4th birthday.

Send her my love and best wishes?

hugs,
Heather

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

yukiki, wombat:XOXO!
gregwee: tt sounds like a victoria sponge cake which i always find very hard to make. do you have to add some kind of softener bc if the eggs are not separately whisked, they don't have a lot of volume n also don't hold up so well.any chance of a recipe for this kind of quick-mix cakes?
daisyfused: thank u, i will tell her! hey, if u set a date (u know), i might make you an even grander one...

Greg Wee said...

NEE: This sort of cake is simple but does take certain practice. will give very soft and fine texture. i got some pictures of the whisking. will put tat up asap. but you want chaw chai first o sponge first.

kelly said...

Hi...

Do you bake that cake?
I really likes it!

Do you bake cake to sell?

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

kelly: hm, i shd consider tt!

Kelly said...

Seriously?

let me know if u decided to bake cake to sell. I would like to order exactly the same fruit cake from you for my husband birthday.

I do live in KK as well.

suman said...

I love cakes especially fruit cakes the design of this cake is very beautiful . I am unable to express myself watching this cake. superb!!


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jenny said...

please tell me where can i order that online? i love those and never can find it. :(

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