Sunday, January 30, 2011

White Chocolate Almond Cream Cake

Yesterday was Eric's birthday so I decided to make him this cake.  I made this on New Years Eve for the first time and it go great reviews.  I was watching Giada one day and saw her make this mascarpone cream that was so easy, I thought I would try and attempt it.  It was wonderful and I've used it on a few different cakes since then.  It really takes a plain box cake mix to a different level.  It came out great again last night and lucky for me there was some left over....and I'll be having it for lunch! :)


White Chocolate Almond Cream Cake
recipe by Sabrina W. for eat.drink.and be merry.
yields 12-16 servings
For the cake
1 box vanilla cake mix (along with the ingredients listed on the back of the box)
3 teaspoons almond extract
For the cream
2 4oz containers of plain mascarpone cheese, brought to room temperature
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sliced almonds (save an add'l 1/4 cup for garnish, pulsed in food processor)
For the white chocolate ganache
1 package white chocolate chips (at least 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup heavy cream


Prepare cake mix as directed in 2 8in round pans, adding almond extract. Let cool and remove from pans. Once cooled completely, (I leave in them in the fridge for 30 mins so I know they are nice and cold) carefully slice each cake lengthwise with a serrated knife to form 4 even layers. Put back in the fridge until assembly. 


Next make the ganache by heating cream over the stove on med heat until it comes to a slight boil. Make sure to watch it carefully.  Add white chocolate chips to a bowl.  Pour ganache over chips and let sit for 5 minutes.  Using a whisk, mix together until blended.  Let cool in fridge until it has come to a manageable consistency. If it's too thin, it will pour too much off the cake layer. I put the bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes, stirring it occasionally and it was perfect. 


To make the cream, whip together cheese, sugar, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream with electric beaters until peaks form.  I chill a stainless steel bowl in the freezer so it whips faster. Fold almonds into cream.


For the assembly, take 2 layers of cake and ladle ganache evenly and immediately put it back into the fridge.  Let cool until it hardens (it won't become a hard layer like a chocolate bar, but it will stiffen up a bit) Once ready, take 1 layer with white chocolate and top with 1/4 cream.  Top with a plain layer and top that layer with 1/4 cream. Stack the other white chocolate ganache layer and 1/4 cream.  Finally, place last plain cake layer on top and add the rest of the cream. Garnish with almond dusting.  Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!


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13 comments:

Dulce Dough said...

Looks delicious!

Katrina said...

Insane and I love it!

Carina said...

Oh my . . . looks like a little piece of heaven!!

Mary said...

Sabrina, I love what you've done with this cake. I'm new to your blog and have just spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I'll definitely be back. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sabrina said...

Thanks Mary! I'm new to my blog too so that really means a lot to me! I am on my way now to check out your blog now...thank you again :)

briarrose said...

Beautiful layers....this looks delicious.

Sarah said...

That looks beautiful!! I can't wait to make it and taste it. Yum!!

sarahworldcook said...

This recipe looks so wonderful! I can't wait to try it. I love any recipe that takes something easy like a boxed cake mix and makes it into something special.
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K. Belfield said...

Its been a monday. I am going home and making this... and don't plan on sharing. LOOKS AMAZING!

Sabrina said...

Hahaha let me know if it brightens your day! thanks!!!!

Thanks to everyone for the kind words! this cake definitely made me happy!

Tiffany said...

Oh, this looks fluffy, sweet and so delicious! YUM!

D O M O ! said...

Beautiful :)

Ana Rita said...

This cake is just beautifull...

Kiss
Rita

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