WEDDING or PARTY CAKE RECIPE OF EXQUISITE DELIGHT
THE HAVE IT ALL CAKE- I can never decide which cake is my favorite, lemon, coconut, fruit cake or almond marzipan, so, as those particular flavors combine really well! I have all FOUR COMBINED and itís a knock out RECIPE!.
INGREDIENTS: 3 cups whole grain or unbleached flour, sifting bran out, no-aluminum baking powder, salt.
2 cups Succanet sugar or real sugar, 2 cubes room temp butter, or 1 cup cold clarified butter which is called ghee, 4 or 5 eggs depending on size, a can of coconut milk, extracts, spices, nuts, dried fruit.
SEPARATELY, beforehand, SOAK your dried fruit (dates, cherries, not maraschino, the dried holistic cherries,) in lemon juice to fluff them up, reconstitute them.
TO START ANY CAKE batter, we cream a lot of butter and sugar, then add egg yolks. For a big cake, cream 2 cubes butter, four yolks, (reserve whites to make a meringue to help Ďliftí the cake when batter is nearly assembled.)
USE Succanet to taste (actually, this IS real sugar with all the vitamins), add MULTIPLE extracts: coconut, almond and vanilla flavoring, plus plenty of orange & lemon zest, beat until creamy.
Find your liquids. To make a birthday type cake, I use canned or real coconut milk as liquid in the cake. Throw some coconut extract into it to get the right amt of coco flavor! Or, use orange juice or regular milk as liquids.
You've got that big bowl of buttery stuff? Now SIFT the DRY INGREDIENTS into it 3/4 cup at a time.
We are going to slowly add the dry stuff to the butter, ALTERNATING with the liquid. You need 2-3 cups sifted whole grain flour (throw away the bran) or Kamut flour (one of those wheat-free jobs) but mix first with 3 tsp aluminum free baking powder. WHEN YOU put flour in, add a dose of flour stir gently, followed by a dose of the liquids. You will now take the LIQUID THAT the DRIED FRUIT WAS Re-CONSTITUTED IN, and add orange juice or milk or coconut milk straight out of coconut or can. 99c store has coconut juice 45c a can! You will keep going until there is no liquid or flour left. That's right. Dry first, then wet. Add liquid, stir a little bit, never beating, always gently, then another 3/4 cup dry ingred, then another dose of the juice/lemon/coconut milk liquids, stirring until batter feels right. For a light cake, the minimum of flour is used. If you feel itís OK at 3 cups dry ingred, quit there. END on the dry. Don't end on the wet. Last thing you add is the dry ingredients.
SEPARATELY, BEAT EGG WHITES to peaks. Fold stiff whites into the cake batter, folding is a very special motion done with a paddle, a rubber paddle, going next to the bowl to lift the batter, turn it on top of the egg white, respectfully.
Then put a lot of pecans in batter using a dusting of flour on them. THEN ADD DRIED FRUIT/NUTS. Add all dried fruit that you soaked in lemon juice several hours before but to do this, pat fruit dry, flour lightly) and fold into the batter. We will have already used the juice they were soaked in, in the LIQUID section of the cake. Apricots and cranberries combine well with what weíve got, s theyíre light, sharp rather than dried figs, prunes, raisins, too dark, too heavy.
BAKE: Turn into buttered, floured or paper lined pans, put in very hot oven for the initial 4 minutes. It solidifies from the heat. But this is too fast an oven to cook the thing through so then you open door lightly, turn oven down to 325, finish to deep golden brown color, turn off oven, remove gently. COOL.
FROST- with a cube soft butter beaten with a lot of lemon rind, then a whole box of powdered sugar added 1/3 at a time with lemon juice and lemon rind after each dry addition. As we want several different but clear flavors, we will put real almond paste between the layers, either the imported kind or homemade.
PRIMARY FLAVOR WHEN YOU EAT THIS CAKE is LEMON. Itís the frosting, made of the REAL THING. A box of powdered sugar, a cube of soft butter. Then add 1 tbsp lemon zest and all the nice, fresh sour lemon juice you need to bring it to the right consistency. Set aside.
SECOND FLAVOR is this chewy ALMOND PASTE between the layers: grind a Ĺ lb of blanched almonds (cover wi. boiling water, one minute later peel) with some boiled sugar syrup and almond extract. Make it several weeks before hand & let it sit in pantry to ripen. This is used between the layers when you assemble it. The third, LAST clear flavor is coconut. You will note lots of cocomilk in cake itself, and coco extract, but you canít make a dough really taste CLEARLY coconutty So go crazy. Cover the entire exterior frosted cake with shredded sweetened coconut. Blends real well with the lemon frosting underneath.
GARNISH- Soak dried pineapple in lemon juice, decorate outside of cake with these pieces. Put garden flowers on top. In LA We have tropical Hawaiian flowers like Ginger, Frangipani or gardenias are nice, make edible leaves of honey dipped kiwi slices or use scented geranium leaves.
At Xmas fill the same cake batter with unsulphured dried fruit, and these can be the heavier customers, like dates, figs, raisins, or sweet ones like dried, rum-soaked pineapple, real or candied or dried cherries, cranberries, apricots, pecans, walnuts. I bake it in loaf shape, no frosting. Iím betting you could wrap it in cheesecloth soaked in brandy and mail them to China, and when the fruitcake gets given away to several thousand people who mail it to another friend, it will come back in a thousand years and it would still be edible!
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