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Hungarian Tokaji Cream Cake

Two layers of vanilla chiffon filled with fresh raspberries and Tokaji wine whipped cream, topped with more Tokaji whipped cream and garnished with sliced almonds and more raspberries. The chiffon recipe is from "Zingerman's Bakehouse"
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Hungarian

Ingredients

Vanilla Chiffon

  • 230 g sugar
  • 125 g cake flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • 4 large eggs room temp, separated
  • 65 g vegetable oil ¼ cup
  • 80 g water ⅓ cup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar

Tokaji Whipped Cream

  • 6 oz fresh raspberries reserve a few for garnish
  • 3 oz Hungarian Tokaji or other sweet wine
  • 630 g heavy whipping cream
  • 50 g sugar

Garnish

  • 3-4 oz sliced almonds

Instructions

  • Line two 9-inch cake pans with parchment but do not grease the pans. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Combine 115 g of the sugar with the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir with a whisk.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine the egg yolks, oil, water and vanilla and beat to combine.
  • Add the wet ingredients to a dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment add the egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip on medium speed to soft peaks. Slowly pour in the remaining 115 g of sugar while continuing to beat. Increase to high speed and beat just to stiff peaks but stop before it becomes clumpy.
  • Gently fold the egg whites into the batter ⅓ at a time. Divide the mixture between the two cake pans. Have ready two baking sheets lined with parchment paper for inverting the cakes after baking.
  • Bake for 16-18 minutes or until the cake just springs back to the touch. Immediately invert the cakes onto the parchment lined sheet pans but do not remove the cake pans. When cool, loosen the sides with a dull knife, turn out onto cooling racks and remove the parchment paper.

Tokaji Whipped Cream

  • Combine the whipping cream, sugar and wine in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to firm peaks.

Assembly

  • Put one of the cake layers onto a serving plate. Cover the surface with raspberries by placing them pointy side up on the first cake layer. Reserve a few for the top if desired.Top with half the whipped cream and smooth with a spatula. Add the second layer of cake. Top with remaining whipped cream, reserving some for rosette decoration on top if desired.
  • Place the sliced almonds on the side of the cake by putting some on the palm of your hand and patting them on. Garnish top by piping whipped cream rosettes with a star tip.
  • Will keep in refrigerator for 2-3 days but allow to come to room temperature before serving.