Simple Carrot Cake

This is a super easy version of the classic carrot cake…moist and soft with thin layers of light cream cheese frosting in between.

There are hundreds and hundreds of carrot cake recipe, and this one is one of the easiest one…especially when we are on lock down and have limited ingredients…

I made this cake for my husband’s birthday a few days ago…since we could not go out and celebrate as we usually do, I asked him what cake he would like and he asked for carrot cake…after searching my entire pantry for pineapple which was nowhere to be found I had to adapt…

– Why is this carrot cake “healthy”?

Well, believe it or not, there is a whole pound of carrot in it…and yes, makes me feel less guilty knowing that I am eating lots of carrot per bite.

– Is there a lot of sugar in it?

If you have been following me, I always…always try to cut the sugar and fat without compromising the flavor and texture of my baking goods.  So yes, there is sugar, but much less as compared to the recipes that you find out there and I can assure you that you will not miss it.

– Can I freeze the cake?

Absolutely, first slice the cake into desired portion and wrap in plastic film, place the sliced cakes in freezer bags, seal well by first removing all the air and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight and it will taste as fresh as it can be.

– Can I use different size of baking pan?

Of course, just make sure to adapt the baking time accordingly.

– Are you ready to try this easy and carrot cake?

Ingredients:

Carrot Cake

  • 4 large eggs
  • 175 g sugar
  • 200 g vegetable oil such as canola or sunflower
  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb carrot, shredded

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 lb cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups toasted walnut and chopped

Method:

Preheat oven to 350oF.

In a bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

Mix together the eggs and sugar, whisk until think, light and fluffy, add the oil slowly in a steady stream. Continue whisking until well incorporated.

Add the sifted dry ingredients into the egg mixture and fold gently.  Once the flour is well incorporated into the egg mixture, fold in the carrot. Do not over mix…just enough to combined.

Spread the batter evenly onto 36 X 24 cm (14.5” x 9.5”) jelly roll pan. Tap the pan lightly on the counter to remove excess of air bubbles.

Bake in 350oF for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the cake comes out clean.

Let the cake cool on a wire rack.

In the meantime, whisk together the cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla extract until soft and fluffy. Make sure to scrape down the sides occasionally.

To assemble the cake, cut the edge of the cake and split the cake into 4 equal rectangles.

Place the first layer and spread a thin layer of cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with chopped toasted walnut, continue with all the layers of cake and finally spread the frosting around the sides of the cake and decorate with the remaining chopped almond.

Place the cake in the refrigerator until time to serve. I personally like the cake after being refrigerated overnight.

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Did you know that carrots are loaded of beta-carotene? Beta-carotene is a precursor for vitamin A which is essential for boosting your immune system. Studies have also shown that carrots can protect against hypertension (increase blood pressure) and cardiovascular disease.

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Taiwanese Cream Cheese Castella Cake

This is very soft cake, light cottony and fluffy with a hint of cream cheese in it…delicious just as it is or if you prefer with fresh cream, fruits or jams.

Due to the lock down to keep my mind out of this unreal situation I have been baking lots of cake…and so far this cake is one of the best I have ever baked…even my husband gave 11 out of 10…he liked so much that I already made 3 batches and have send a few cakes to our neighbors/friends.

– What is Taiwanese Castella Cake?

According to the internet Taiwanese Castella cake was originated from Japan, it is the simplest cake made with just a handful of ingredients.

My mom tells me that when castella cake reached Taiwan it was considered a delicacy since most of the sweets/desserts at the time was made using rice flour and sugar, therefore desserts made egg and flour was a real treat.

– Why Taiwanese Castella Cake is different?

Now, Castella cake is a staple in Taiwan, we find people lining up to buy freshly baked cake just out of the oven and cut in front of you…how much fresher can it be?

This cake in spite of just a few ingredients is super light, soft and fluffy…resembling a sponge cake. This cake does not use any rising agent such as baking powder…only the foam produced by the egg white.

– Is it hard to bake Castella cake?

Not at all, once you have the right ratio of ingredients, there is no room for mistake. It is true that you will need a few bowls and more gadgets to wash, but all the efforts are well worth it. Once you get to bake this cake you will be hooked, and many versions can be made using the basic ingredients…any citrus, chocolate, coffee, cheese, carrot, sweet potato and so on…

– Cream cheese in the cake batter?

Yes, the small amount of cream cheese in the cake batter will give this cake a creamier texture with a lightly hint of cheese…

– Did I convince you to try baking Castella cake?

Ingredients:

  • 6 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 120 g cream cheese
  • 70 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 70 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 95 to 115 g white sugar (depending on your taste)

Method:

Preheat oven at 285oF

In a small bowl melt together the cream cheese and milk over a double boiler. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 85oC to 90oC (185oF to 194oF). Remove the pan from the heat and pour into the sifted cake flour, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the cream cheese/milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks 3 at the time, mixing well into the batter each time.

Add the vanilla extract and the salt, the mixture will resemble a pancake batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form.

Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until soft peaks form (very important that the egg whites are SOFT PEAKS). Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter. Do not over mix.

Pour the batter into 2 loaf pans (20 cm x 7 cm or 7 ¾ x 2 ¾ inch) lined with parchment paper.  Tap gently the pan to remove excess of air bubbles.

Place the pan into a tray and fill with approximately 2 cm or ¾ inch of room temperature water and place into the oven.

Bake for 60 to 70 minutes and increase the temperature to 300oF and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove the pans from the oven and the cake from the pans. Let is sit on a wire rack.

Gently remove the parchment paper and let it cool completely on the wire rack.

Serve at room temperature or cold.

Keep the cake at room temperature for about 3 days and in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, but I guarantee you that it will be gone way before the 3 days.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do…

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Dalgona Coffee with Oatsome

This very simple and easy recipe to make a light and frothy coffee has been inundating the internet…and only requires three ingredients.

It was so funny when I saw so many of dalgona coffee recipes on the internet, which is nothing more than whipped coffee I just laughed…laughed because my aunt used to make this all the time using a simple fork when we were living in Brazil…more than 30 years ago…

I topped the coffee foam on a cup of Oatsome milk with a few ice cubes…it was so delicious, the combination of creamy coffee with oat milk…tasted like dessert in a cup.

Oh, before I continue, this was my first-time trying oat milk as I got an invitation to try Oatsome from BetterBody Food.

I received a sample of Oatsome for review purpose and I was not financially compensated for this post, all the opinions are completely mine own based on my experience.

– What is Oatsome?

Oatsome is an alternative for dairy milk, it is organic, non-GMO and gluten free. It tastes delicious and you can use in your baking, coffee…it is somehow creamy and yes, taste great.

– Do I personally like Oatsome?

Yes, it is creamy and super delicious, and it sure can substitute milk in every possible way. It is something that I would buy, especially that my husband is lactose tolerant.

– What is dalgona coffee?

Dalgona coffee according to the internet was originated from South Korea…really? As I mentioned above, my aunt was making this whipped coffee more than 30 years ago…

This coffee is made by simply whisking 3 ingredients: instant coffee, sugar and boiling water, using an equal proportion.

– Why is dalgona coffee different from the others?

The whipped coffee is super light, fluffy, velvety and it is placed on top of cold milk…therefore mimicking as iced latte or cappuccino…sort of it…and yes, you can make it with hot milk.

– How long does the dalgona coffee last?

Using same proportion of the three ingredients will get you a pretty stable coffee foam.  In my experience the stability of the foam will decrease by decreasing the amount of sugar.

– What do I use to whisk the coffee?

You can use all kind of kitchen tools from a simple fork to hand mixer…I personally used my milk frother stick. Just keep whisking until stiff peaks.

– Should we look at this popular whipped coffee?

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

Method:

Mix all the three ingredients in a small bowl and whip.

Whip until a stiff peak form.

Serve over ice milk or hot milk of your preference, such as oat milk, soymilk, almond milk, rice milk and so on…delicious over vanilla ice cream…it is a must try!

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Did you know that recent studies demonstrate that coffee in moderation lower the risk of mortality? Moreover, coffee might protect you against liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. It is true that coffee can raise temporarily blood pressure due to its caffeine content, therefore it should be taken in moderation.

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Apple Tarte Tatin

This is somehow a combination of caramel apple and apple pie…the slices of apples are covered with caramel and layer on a buttery, tender and flaky crust…absolutely yum!

– Have you ever tried apple tarte tatin?

Well, this is my very first time and I already can tell you that this is my favorite apple dessert…if you like caramel apple and apple pie you just landed on the right recipe.

– What is apple tarte tatin?

Apparently is a French version of apple pie…it is mainly an upside-down tart baked in skillet. You have one layer of crust topped with caramelized apple.

– How easy is to bake an apple tarte tatin?

In my opinion, is much easier than apple pie, since you just need one layer of crust…make the caramel in the skillet, layer the sliced apples (or halves) and top with the crust just before taking to the oven.

Once baked, just make sure to be careful…flip the skillet on a serving plate and voila…done! Delicious as it is or with vanilla ice cream, which I did not have…sniff sniff…but will make sure to have some next time around.

– Are you ready to try this out?

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 50 g butter
  • 20 g sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 1 large egg

Caramel apple

  • 2 large apples, peeled and sliced into 8 slices each
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon

Method:

In a bowl, add the cold butter, sugar, flour, almond flour, salt and using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour until the texture resemble coarse cornmeal with butter pieces just like small peas.

Add the egg and mix with a fork just until the dough pulls together.

Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375oF if using convection oven or to 400oF for regular oven.

In the meantime, place the sugar in an oven proof skillet or cast-iron pan (about 8 inches or 20 cm) and turn the heat to medium high. Watch carefully as the sugar can burn very fast. Once the sugar turns to light brown swirl the pan carefully until the sugar turns amber brown.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter. Once the butter melts, add the vanilla extract and Bourbon. Swirl gently and place the slice of apple, arranging them neatly. Place the pan back to the stove and cook for 2-3 minutes. Turn the apples one by one carefully and cook for another 3 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the heat.

Lightly flour the work surface and the dough, then flatten the disk rolling pin by gently tapping the dough a few times from the middle to the top and bottom. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour if necessary or the rolling pin, then roll out into a round at approximately 9 inches in diameter.

Place the crust on top of the apples and tuck the pastry inside the skillet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.

Let it cool for 5-10 minutes, invert the pan on top of a plate.

Serve warm or room temperature.

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Did you know that apples contain pectin? Pectin is used in the making of jam as a thickening agent. Moreover, pectin is a dietary soluble fiber which can help lower cholesterol.

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Simple Almond Cream Muffin

This almond cream muffins are super quick and easy with moist and tender crumb with a hint of the delicate almond flavor.

The combination of cake flour and almond flour make this muffin light and moist with a hint of almond…super delicious with a cup of coffee or tea.

– Looking for an easy and no mess muffin recipe?

This recipe uses one, only one bowl, and it is super, I repeat… super easy to make for breakfast or snack.

– Can I add fruit in it?

Absolutely, you can add berry, such as blueberries, strawberries, frozen or fresh and/or lemon zest…use your imagination.

– No oil muffin?

Yes, instead of oil or butter, this muffin uses the fat from the cream (crema Mexicana).

– Are you ready to try this recipe?

This recipe was slightly adapted from Brechel.

Ingredients:

  • 100 g of cream
  • 1 egg
  • 65 g cake flour
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 4 g baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • Sliced almond for topping

Method:

Preheat oven to 350oF.

In a bowl whisk together the cream, egg, sugar and salt.  Mix until sugar is dissolved.

Sift the cake flour, almond flour and the baking powder into the egg mixture.

Add the almond extract and mix gently, do not over mix.

Scoop into pre-lined paper muffin cups, about 80% to the top.

Sprinkle sliced almonds on the top of each muffin.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs.

Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack.

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Did you know that almond flour is packed in protein? Almond flour also contains vitamins, minerals and it is a great source of fiber as compared to the white flour.

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Egg Tart

Have you ever had these little gems? Each bite comes with a slightly sweet flaky crust with a creamy egg custard…so good!

– Before the post…a few words regarding today’s situation.

During this uncertain time, I still want to keep my blog on… cooking/baking is a therapy for me.  I have been sharing bread and even meals with friends and neighbors. This is the time where compassion and kindness are the greatest human emotion.

As we are all living the unthinkable, I wish you all faith, courage, patience and love…may this situation be over soon.

– Back to the post…

I still remember when my son was about 1 year and we were in a local dim sum…he loved these egg tarts…but only the custard…he would spoon all the egg custard and leave us the crust…similar to what he did with the Oreo cookies. One day I found all the Oreo cookies in the jar without the cream and all of chocolate wafer cookies had his teeth marks…

– Where are these egg tart originated?

Apparently, these are a lighter version from the Portuguese egg tart (pastel de nata) and were introduced to Hong Kong and Macau by the Portuguese colonizers.

In my opinion the Portuguese tarts custard are denser and milkier as compared to the Chinese one, which has less milk and are shinier.

– Where can I find these egg tarts?

They are usually found in Chinese bakeries and dim sum…and best when served warm.

– Is it a lot of work to make these egg tarts?

For the longest time I want to make these egg tarts but the thought of molding each tart by hand individually was too intimidating…until this past Saturday when nothing was planned, and I decided to work on it…

To my surprised it was a piece of cake…and not as laborious as I thought…making the crust was easy, molding it too a bit of time since it had to be done one by one, and the egg custard was super, I repeat super easy.

– How can I store the leftover egg tarts?

You can store them in the refrigerator and use a toaster oven or an air-fryer to warm them since they are better when served warm.

– Are you ready to try?

This recipe was inspired by Kathrine Kwa YouTube video  with minor adjustments.

Ingredients:

Crust dough

  • 100 g butter, slightly softened
  • 30 g sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 200 g all-purpose flour

Egg custard

  • 4 large eggs, I used extra large eggs
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100 ml milk

Method:

Crust dough

Using a hand mixer, soften the butter until creamy, add the sugar and continue to mix, stopping occasionally and scrap the sides of the bowl.

Gently whisk the egg and add to the butter mixture, half at the time until creamed mixture.

Slowly add the sieved flour into the creamed mixture and use a spatula to mix until resembles a coarse crumble.

Using your hands put together the coarse crumble into a ball. Wrap the dough with plastic film and refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes.

In the meantime, make the egg custard.

Egg custard

Dissolve the sugar into the hot water, mix well until all the sugar is dissolved. And set aside until cool to room temperature.

Whisk eggs gently, add the milk and vanilla extract. Pour the sugar water to the egg mixture and stir it. To avoid bubbles do not whisk vigorously.

Strain the egg mixture to a very fine mesh strainer.

Assembly

Preheat oven to 300oF.

Remove the crust dough from the refrigerator and using a roller pin flat the dough to approximately 2 mm (⅛ in).

Cut dough with a cookie cutter that is just a bit larger than your tart tin in size. Line dough in the middle of tart tins, one by one.

Lightly press the dough with your thumbs, starting from the bottom then up to the sides. While pressing the dough, turn the tart tin clockwise/anti-clockwise in order to make an even tart shell. Trim away any excess dough.

Alternatively, you can weight approximately 25-28 g of the of the dough, make a ball and place in the center of the tart tins and with your thumbs press until the dough covers the tin like the method describe above.

Use a fork and poke holes the bottom of the dough. Pour the egg mix into the tart shells and bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges of the tarts are lightly browned. Turn the oven temperature down to 275oF and continue to bake for another 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the tarts and once the egg custard starts to puff up, open a little the oven door to avoid the custard to over bake.

To make sure the egg custard is done, poke a toothpick at the center of the tart and if the toothpick standstill, the tarts are done.

Remove form the oven and let cool on the wire rack.

Serve warm.

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Taro Swiss Cake Roll

This simple Swiss roll cake loaded with creamy, sweet and nutty taro filling is amazingly delicious. The soft and cottony cake layer with the purple cream is just heaven…

As mentioned on my previous post…here I am with another taro post, this time taro was made into a creamy and rich filling for Swiss roll cake.

If you are interested in learning more about taro root, please check my previous post

– Why this cake is different?

Yes, you read it right, the filling of this cake is made with taro…taro can be used in savory or sweet dish, it is super versatile and packed with healthy elements in it.

– Can I find this kind of cake in Asian bakeries?

Yes, again, you can find taro filled cake (birthday cake) with layers of taro cream in between cake. They even decorate the cake in purple so you are aware of its flavor.

– Ready to try this unique taro filling?

Ingredients:

Taro filling

  • 500 g taro cut into small cubes of approximately ½ in
  • 1 can low fat coconut milk
  • 60 g sugar or more if you prefer a bit sweeter

Cake Roll

  • 3 eggs
  • 35 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 30 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 60 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 g white vinegar
  • 60 g sugar

Method:

Taro filling

In a medium pot add the taro and the coconut milk. Cook under medium heat for approximately 10 minutes.

Add the sugar and stir gently. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. At this point the taro will be soft and breaking/melting into the coconut milk.

If you like with little pieces of taro, remove from the heat and let it cool. If you like creamier, let it cook a couple more minutes and mashed the remaining pieces of taro into the cream.

Let the taro cream cool completely and store in the refrigerator.

Cake Roll

Preheat oven at 275oF.  Line a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) jelly pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix cake flour with salt., and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg yolks, oil, milk, vanilla extract. Add the sifted mix of cake flour and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Mix well until smooth and all the flour is well incorporated, resembling a pancake mix batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Gently tap the pan against the counter to remove excess of air bubbles. Bake at for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Remove cake from the oven and transfer it with its parchment paper onto a wire rack and let it cool.

Flip the cake to another piece of parchment paper of silicone mat.

Peel the parchment paper from the cake and roll it. Let the cake cool.

Unroll the cake and spread a thin layer of the cooled taro filling. Roll back and wrap tightly with a plastic wrap.

Place the cake roll in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving.

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Strawberry Cream Cake

This cake layered with fresh whipped cream with a touch of rose water and lots of strawberry is a dream…each bite is loaded with soft and cottony cake with a fruity layer of cream.

Since I came with the idea of this cake, I already made this cake 4 times, yes four times and trust me, every time I get compliments of it looks and taste…this will be my potluck favorite dessert to take.

– Why you should make this cake?

Because is super, I repeat super easy and tastes so good.

– Can I make this cake in advance?

Yes, you can make the cake and store in the refrigerator for a couple of days and make the fresh whipped cream with strawberry one day or on the day you are serving.

– What is the secret?

Cake is baked in a tray as for cake roll…it takes less time to bake and literally no mess as there is no need to slice the cake horizontally, which never comes straight…you just need to measure the length of the cake once out of the pan and divide by 3 for the layers.

– Can I use other fruits?

Absolutely, you can use blueberry, kiwi, or a mix of fruits.

– Should we look at the recipe?

Ingredients:

Cake batter

  • 4 large eggs separated (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 60 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 40 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 80 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 g white vinegar
  • 80 g sugar

Strawberry Whipped cream

  • 300 g heavy whipping cream
  • 35 g sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons rose water (optional)
  • 700 g (1 ½ – 2 lb) strawberries or fruit of your preference, feel free to add more.

Method:

Cake Layer

Preheat oven at 275oF.  Line a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) jelly pan with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix cake flour with salt., and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together egg yolks, oil, milk, vanilla extract. Add the sifted mix of cake flour and salt to the egg yolk mixture. Mix well until smooth and all the flour is well incorporated, resembling a pancake mix batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Gently tap the pan against the counter to remove excess of air bubbles. Bake at for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Remove cake from the oven and transfer it with its parchment paper onto a wire rack and let it cool.

Flip the cake to another piece of parchment paper of silicone mat.

Peel the parchment paper from the cake. Cut the cake into 3 equally portions and set aside.

Strawberry Whipped Cream

Cut approximately 500 g (1 lb) of strawberry into small pieces and set aside.

Make the whipped cream by placing the cold heavy cream in a cold bowl. I often put my bowl into an ice water bath. Add the sugar and rose water, if using and whip on medium-high speed until lots of air are incorporated into the cream.

Whip until the cream achieve soft peak to medium peaks, check constantly by stopping the mixer so the cream does not over mix.

Once the cream is whipped, add the strawberry into the cream and mix gently.

Assembly:

Alternate layers of cake and cream and finish by covering the whole cake with the cream.

Use the remaining strawberry do decorate the cake.

Refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours and serve cold.

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Blueberry Cream Cake

This cake is super light and fluffy, each bite is loaded with fresh creamy whipped cream with a hint of vanilla and lots of fresh blueberries…perfect at any occasion.

The weather has been cold, yes, even here in California, and I should be baking kind of comfort desserts, not summer look deserts, but I could not resist when I saw fresh blueberries at the store…I did not want to change the “state” of the blueberries from fresh.

– Did you know that blueberries are available year-round?

Although in US, the season of blueberries are during summer time, you can find them year-round during our winter in the store imported from South America, where it is summer.

– Why this blueberry cream cake is so good?

Every bite reminds you of summer, loaded with creamy light whipped cream and lots of fresh blueberries in between layers of soft and fluffy vanilla cake.

– Can I use different berries?

Absolutely, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries…even peach, nectarine…or a mix of berries…pretty much any fruit that is not “watery”.

– Can I make this cake in advance?

My suggestion is to bake the cake in advance (up to 3 days, and store in the refrigerator) and assemble with whipped cream and fresh fruit on the day you want to serve.

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 5 large eggs (total weight of approximately 300g) separated, (make sure the bowl with egg white does not contain any trace of grease)
  • 60 g vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
  • 60 g milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 80 g cake flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10 g white vinegar
  • 65 g sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream, super cold
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 g sugar

Fresh blueberries

Method:

Preheat oven at 325oF

Place the vegetable oil in a small pan, heat (low) the oil until approximately 70oC (simmering). Remove the pan from the heat and add the sifted flour in the oil, mix well to form a thick paste.

Add the milk to the flour mixture and stir, then add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well into the batter.

Add the vanilla extract and the salt, the mixture will resemble a pancake batter.

In a large bowl of a hand-held mixer or stand mixer whisk the egg white with the vinegar until large bubbles form. Add the sugar slowly into thirds. Whisk until medium/firm peaks form. Do not over beat, the meringue should be shiny and form soft but firm peaks.

Add about ⅓ of the meringue to the egg yolk mixture and mix gently until all the egg white is incorporated to the batter.

Pour the egg yolk mix to the remaining meringue and fold gently until all the egg white is combined to the batter. Do not over mix.

Scoop the batter into paper lined cups about ⅔ way full.  Tap gently the cups (or tray) to remove air bubbles.

Lower the temperature to 300oF and bake in water bath for 35 to 45 minutes or until the cake is cooked throughout.

Remove pan from the oven and carefully place the cake on a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, make the whipped cream by placing the cold heavy cream in a cold bowl. I often put my bowl into an ice water bath. Add the vanilla extract and sugar and whip on medium-high speed until lots of air are incorporated into the cream.

Whip until the cream achieve soft peak to medium peaks, check constantly by stopping the mixer so the cream does not over mix.

Once the cake is completely cool, horizontally cut the cake in half. Remove the top part of the cake and set aside.

Layer a generous portion of whipped cream on the cake and a top with a layer of fresh blueberries. Top the blueberries with another layer of whipped cream and gently layer the cake.

Cover the whole cake with whipped cream and garnish with blueberries as you desire.

Refrigerate the cake for a couple of hours before serving…serve cold.

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Did you know that blueberries are loaded with vitamin C? Not only blueberries are low in calories, they are considered one of the richest in antioxidants content. Since blueberries can be found year-round make sure to add these little gems into your diet.

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Blueberry Tart

This blueberry tart is simple and loaded with lots and lots of blueberries…every bite is an explosion of a combination of tangy and sweet flavor.

– Why you should make this blueberry tart?

Because it is super easy and super delicious.  There is nothing like homemade tart/pie crust…light, flaky, buttery and slightly sweet…topped with lots and lots of blueberries.

– Can I make ahead?

Absolutely, you can make this tart a couple days ahead and keep in the refrigerator until serving time.

– Are you ready to try this recipe?

Here we go…

Ingredients:

Blueberry Filling

  • 550 g organic blueberries
  • 100 g sugar, more or less, according to your liking
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Pie Crust

  • 50 g unsalted butter, cut into small square and cool in the freezer
  • 20 g sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 120 g all-purpose flour
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 70 ml heavy cream, keep it cold until needed

Method:

Blueberry Filling

In a medium pan, add the sugar, water, and corn starch.  Mix well until all the corn starch is well combined in the water.

Add the blueberries and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, making sure to stir constantly until thick.

Remove from the heat and let it cool.

Reserve until needed.

Pie Crust

In a medium bowl place the cold butter, sugar, salt, and the flours.  Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until resembles a coarse meal. There will be pieces small and large of butter.

Slowly add the heavy cream to the flour/butter mix and using a rubber spatula incorporate the liquid into the flour until the dough barely start to hold together.

Carefully remove the dough from the bowl and place on a piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic into a square and using a rolling pin roll the dough until the size of the square.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to a day.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and lightly sprinkle some flour on top.  Gently roll the dough into a long rectangle. Fold into thirds twice and wrap back into the plastic wrap.

Place the dough in the refrigerator for another 30 minutes.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and again, lightly sprinkle a little flour on the surface of the dough.

Roll the dough into the size of your baking pan. I used a tart pan of 35 x 11 cm (13 ½  x 4 ½ in) with loose bottom. Cover the tart pan with the dough and bake at pre-heated at 425oF for 8 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400oF and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush the entire crust with egg wash. Back at 350oF for 3 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let it cool completely on a wire rack.

To assemble, pour the blueberry filling on the tart crust, garnish with mint leaves and refrigerate before serving.

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Did you know that blueberries are loaded, yes loaded of antioxidants? Anthocyanin, which gives the color of blueberries is a type of flavonoids (also found in grapes) is the responsible of its powerful antioxidant effect. Many studies associate the consumption of blueberries with decrease of heart disease, cancer, obesity, bone strength and lowering of blood pressure.

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