Vanilla Cake
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INGREDIENTS

Cake

429g all-purpose flour

265g caster (superfine) sugar

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

125g unsalted butter, softened

375ml of milk

2 large eggs

125ml vegetable oil

2 tbsp Greek yogurt (can substitute with sour cream)

1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

 

White chocolate ganache

300g white chocolate

1 tbsp butter

125ml thickened/whipping cream

1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

 

Frosting

2 batches Swiss meringue buttercream frosting

1 tbsp vanilla bean paste

METHOD

Serves 30

Level: Super easy!

Cake

Please note: the cake recipe will need to be doubled (two batches) to achieve the cake in the video. I halved it in the video because most people don’t have mixing bowls big enough in their kitchens to make the entire recipe in one go :0) Let’s get stuck into the recipe!

 

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140C (280F) or 180C (320F) for a conventional oven. Spray three 8” cake tins with oil spray and line the bottom with baking paper.

 

Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix together using a hand mixer to combine.

 

Next add the softened butter and mix on low speed until mixture reaches a crumbly sand like texture.

 

Add the eggs, milk, oil, Greek yogurt (which helps keep the cake moist) and vanilla bean paste. Mix on low speed until no dry ingredients are showing. Scrape down the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.

 

Fill three 8” cake tins with batter.

 

Bake for 50-60 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the tins to cool for 2 min and then carefully flip the cake tins over on to a cooling rack to cool completely before using.

 

Using a large serrated knife, carefully trim the top off each layer of cake to make even and flat layers. Try to aim to get them all the same height. An easy way to do this is to find the lowest height of the cake, place a skewer or toothpick next to that point and mark it. As you go around each side of the cake cutting it, use the marked skewer to make sure each cut is at the same height.

 

To prepare crumb coat, add a dab of frosting onto an 8” cake board or serving plate. Add first cake layer. Use a small offset to add a layer of frosting and smoothen out and layer the frosting on each layer before adding the next layer of cake. Add more frosting around the outside to fill the grooves between each layer. This should just be a neat thin layer of frosting which is aimed at trapping any cake crumbs so that random bits of cake crumbs don’t show up on the outside of the cake. Chill for 2 hours or overnight

 

If you want to make this a naked cake, leave it with the crumb coat only. If You want to add another layer. Here’s how to do it: Add a fresh layer of frosting using a small offset spatula. Use a cake scraper to smoothen out the frosting around the sides. Then smoothen out the top using the cake scraper. Chill.

 

To finish off the cake fit the end of a piping bag with a Wilton 1M piping tip and frost swirls on top.

 

Frosting

To prepare frosting, add vanilla bean paste to the frosting and mix until well combined.

 

Ganache

Add chocolate, butter and cream into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, mixing each time until smooth. Add the vanilla bean paste and mix until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to set. Alternatively, you may melt it using a double boiler. Fill a medium sized pot 1/3 of the way with water. Bring to a boil. Place bowl with chocolate and cream over the top and gently mix until mixture is completely melted and smooth. To soften the ganache to spreading or piping consistency microwave for 10 seconds at a time, mixing each time with a large spatula until it reaches the right consistency. Allow to set at room temp.

 

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HELPFUL TIPS!

 

STORAGE: store in an airtight container for up to 3 days (refrigerated and thawed 1 hour before serving).

 

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR CAKE TIN: For this recipe you’ll need at least one 8” cake tin but preferably three 8” cake tins. To prepare the tin, spray with oil spray. To prepare the baking paper use a pen to trace around the bottom of the cake tin on to the baking paper. Use scissors to cut slightly inside the circle you traced. Place the traced side down onto the baking tin with oil spray.

 

HAND MIXER: Can be made using a hand mixer (always mix on lowest speed) or a hand whisk. Take care not to over mix the batter.

 

OVEN TEMPERATURE:  If you’re baking at home set your fan forced oven to 160C (320F).

 

BUTTER: Make sure the butter is very soft for the cake mixture. Theres two ways to do this. Microwave for 5 seconds at a time flipping the butter on each side until very soft (not melted). If you don’t have a microwave run a large bowl over hot water. Dry the bowl and place over the butter for 1 min. The heat from the bowl will create a warm enough environment to soften the butter.

 

SIMPLE SYRUP: To make simple syrup add 100g sugar and 100g of water in a a medium sized pot. DO NOT STIR! Bring to a boil and allow to cool completely before using.

 

BAKING TIME: This cake will typically bake on a lower temp and for a little longer than regular cake recipes. I find a low temperate and a slow bake results in flatter tops and caramelisation so that if the cake is coloured it doesn’t change colour and brown. After 30 minutes, stick a skewer into the centre of the cake, if it comes out with wet batter, bake for another 10 minutes until the skewer comes out with crumbs or completely clean.

 

 

TOOLS:

Cake turn table/lazy Susan

Large mixing bowls

Spatula

Magic Whisk for wet ingredients

Kitchen Scales

Stand mixer (or hand mixer)

Wire rack

Frosting bag

Tablespoon

Measuring spoons

8” cake tin

Ice cream scoop (optional)

Revolving cake stand

Cake scraper/bench scraper

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