Vanilla Cake…Let Me Count The Ways
This weekend a few people from RFC decided to make the White Chocolate Orange Cake from my book Just Desserts, for Project Raw. Since it's been ages since I've made this cake, and since we had out-of-town company, I thought it would be fun to jump on board!
I went for a bit of a different look this time, using a regular bread pan, lined with parchment paper, in place of the round spingform pan. I thought
this was a fun look - I love seeing all the layers of each slice. I thought about garnishing with orange segments, but it just didn't happen as we were too eager to dive in, so it just got dusted with cacao powder.
If you've got Just Desserts
, and you enjoy chocolate and orange together, give this recipe a try! I'm really not sure
why I don't make it more often, like Carmi (it's her fave and she makes it about every few weeks!) I also have a similar version in the book, exchanging the orange cream for a strawberry one. It's great too, but I prefer it during the summer when strawberries are in season.
I also like using the cake from this recipe, to make other things. For example, you might remember the cupcake kick
I went on a while back, where I used this vanilla cake as a base for the non-chocolate cupcakes
. Mmm, I've got to make some of those again soon, they're so much fun!
Ok, so another recent project was jelly rolls! Actually, I always thought they were gross - ya know, the cooked cardboard cake kind. But I got inspiration from who-knows-where to make a raw version, hehe. Using my vanilla cake, I rolled up whipped cream, and berries for a deliciously moist roll. Yumm! These are seriously delicious!
Jelly Berry Roll
-1 Recipe vanilla cake
(pureed banana, dehydrated)
-Berries of choice, lightly mashed
-Spread the cake (as thick as you prefer) on the banana leather.
-Spread the chilled whipped cream evenly on top.
-Now spread the berries over the cream. Avoid spreading them all the way to far edge, or they'll squish out as you're rolling.
-Gently begin rolling (just like nori rolls), using enough pressure to keep a tight roll.
-Chill the roll for a few hours to firm the whole thing and soften the banana slightly so that it can be sliced.
-Now time to eat!
Here are a few ways with vanilla cake...what ideas do you have?