Last week, I finally bought the amazing Lomelino’s book Sweet Food & Photography which, no surprises, is astonishing. I’ve always been kind of afraid of those monsters called layer cakes, but it turns out that they are not that scary and they are also pretty delicious.
So, here you have! My first layer cake (properly done) and its recipe!
180 g flour
2 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
175 g butter, at room temperature
180 g white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbs milk
500 g mascarpone
6-7 tbs caster sugar
400 ml whipping cream
Preheat the oven at 175º and prepare one or two cake pans (25cm of diameter approx.) with baking spray so you can easily take of the cake when is baked.
Mix dry ingredients, flour, baking powder and salt, in a bowl.
In another bowl, mix butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth. You should get a light and creamy mixture.
Add the eggs to the second bowl, one at a time and beat well.
Sieve the mix with the flour and add it alongside with the milk until smooth.
Pour the batter (all of them if you have decided to make one cake at a time or half of the batter if you have put the ingredients for the two cakes) into the cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Beat the mascarpone and the caster sugar until you get a cream.
Then add the whipping cream an beat until you get the proper consistency to spread it over the cake.
First of all, you need to cut the top of your cakes in case they have a bump.
Then, put the first cake in a cake stand and spread a thick layer of cream on top. Put some strawberries (I prefer to cut them a little) and put the next cake layer on top. Repeat with the cream.
If you want, you can just let the cake like that or cover everything with mascarpone cream. The recipe is made to have enough mascarpone cream to cover it all.
Finish the cake by putting some more strawberries on top (I add some blueberries too) and sprinkle them with some caster sugar.
*Recipe addapted from Bizcocho con frutas del bosque y mascarpone from the book: Lomelino, Linda; Repostería, estilismo y fotografía (Editorial Juventud, 2015)