Happy New Year!
A last minute decision to bake. Her birthday was on 31st Dec, just few days back.
I celebrated Lyanne’s birthday few days earlier with a red velvet snowflake cake (to be blogged next time) … and when it was her real day…. I felt bad not making her a Frozen themed cake. She had been asking for an Elsa cake as well weeks before. I had a meeting until 4pm and rushed to the shop to get something related to Elsa or Frozen. I only managed to get these mini figurines at RM18.90. Plastic and so expensive. But thinking they can play with it after the cake was gone, I bought it.
I had 2 hours to get it done.
Now a Frozen themed cake… there must be snow. A quick cake with white snowy look….. so I made this cake that I once made for my niece.
Back in May, when I made this for my niece who wanted a Olaf cake, I had no idea how to do it….. as there was time constraints. The Olaf cake was supposed to be brought to location an hour’s drive away and no buttercream no fondant… how will a big dairy cream cake last the journey? So, I decided to bring all the components and do the final assembly in situ, of which includes trimming the cake to shape. It was a big cake, but light in texture. I got myself a big cake board but it can’t fit the fridge by 1/2 inch! I used the fridge’s glass shelf to plate the cake. hahaha!
Here’s what I used to decorate the cake. Buttons, mouth and eyes with Oreos, Nose with carrot, and hands and hair with chocolate biscuit sticks.
It didn’t look pretty, the proportions were out… but all that mattered was the smile on my niece’s face. A 3 year old looking at her huge Olaf and grinning from ear to ear. At least it looked like an Olaf to her. My family enjoyed the pie cake a lot. That time, I used a lot more fruits than today.
When my daughter saw the cake…. she didn’t think much. She thought it’s a tea time cake as she already had her snowflake cake. And when she knew the cake was then decorated with Elsa and the gang (thanks to the little boy who went shouting in the house announcing it) , she went ecstatic, jumping up and down! I had to calm her down. She quickly changed into her Elsa costume and I took pictures of her together with the cake.
I was relieved. She was so happy.
So, what’s a Fruit Pie Cake? It has sponge crust , filled with fruits and piped cream… almost like a pie 🙂
It’s a lazy cake.
I didn’t have to slice any cake evenly, I didn’t have to take out my cake turner, I didn’t have to use a spatula to even out anything, If you choose to pile on the cream, just skip the piping and let it go rustic.
You can use any soft fruits that you like. Bananas, strawberries or mangoes. It’s just as nice.
This made up sponge recipe is my favourite so far.
Fruit Pie Cake
3 egg whites from Grade C egg (55gm each)
1/4 tsp vinegar or pinch of cream of tartar
3 egg yolks
2 Tbsp oil (30ml)
2 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
50gm cake flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Fruit of choice
1. Line the base of a 2 inch tall pan (8 or 9 inch diameter)
2. Preheat oven at 180C.
3. Mix egg yolks, oil and sugar together. Then add in water. Mix.
4. Sift flour together with cornstarch and baking powder into the yolk mixture. Mix until smooth. Set aside.
5. Prepare meringue. Beat egg whites until frothy. Add in vinegar or cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks. Gradually add in sugar and beat the meringue until stiff (hooked).
6. Add 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter and fold. Add another 1/3 of the egg whites and fold.
7. Pour the yolk batter into the remaining meringue and scrape the yolk batter bowl clean. Fold the batter until even with quick strokes.
8. Pour the batter into the lined pan and level.
9. Put into the oven, turn down the temperature to 160C and bake for 30 minutes or until done.
10. Let the cake cool down and remove from pan. (the middle might sink a little)
11. When the cake has cooled, top with fruits and cream.
Almost all characters on the cake, except for wicked Hans. I banned him from the party.
Can’t wait for night to come and blow the candles!