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Monday, August 31, 2009

forgo the glass of milk this time: Milk Cake

a few weeks ago (gawd, i am so far behind in my blogging!) i made a luscious cake for a friend's 30th birthday. an occasion that i didn't even partake in because another friend was celebrating her birthday that evening. to make up for my absence i offered to bake him a cake. he requested a custard cake, which of course brought to mind something fruity. but he wanted chocolate, so i thought maybe something boston cream pie-like? then he corrected himself, saying it was more like a chocolate mousse cake. mmmkay. so i sent him a list of about 10 (!!) links to my fave baked goods from tastespotting and foodgawker, one of them being the tri-mousse cake. i hoped he wouldn't choose that one, because seriously, i've already made it. over it. he responded with his top 3, and i could choose whichever. fine. i love being the one who makes the final, executive decision.

before i go into his verdict, i do want to say that two things happened while making this:

1. i did not have corn starch. so i had to substitute flour. fyi: for every 1 TBL of cornstarch, use 2TBLs of all-purpose flour.

2. i effed up the layers. as in, i forgot the damn biscuit mid way thru 2nd pour of the milk layer. i screamed in agony, my roommate found me crouched on the kitchen floor writhing in actual pain. she had to scoop out the layer and put in the biscuit for me, i was so distraught. yes, i was that dramatical.

Mike's verdict, he's so eloquent: in between the alcohol, i had a piece of cake. the best way i can explain it is, it tasted like a chocolate covered cream puff. Not sure if that was what it was supposed to taste like, but it did. i don't know if freezing vs. refrigerating it makes a difference. we let it sit out so it wasn't frozen, but not mush. very easy to cut through, not messy. would i eat it again while drinking? sure. Would i eat it sober? Sure.

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Milk Cake slightly altered from Palachinka, only because i didn't have a *major* ingredient.

Biscuit
2 eggs
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1.5 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp warm water

Beat eggs with sugar. Sift flour, cocoa and baking powder in a separate bowl and fold it into the egg mixture. Add water and stir.

Bake in a preheated oven on 350°F for about 15 minutes in a 8" diameter spring-form pan, or until toothpick inserted comes out of the biscuit clean. (I used a 9" because it's what i had)

Bake 2 biscuits like this for the cake.

Milk cream
670ml (roughly 2 3/4cups) milk
70g corn starch (5/8 cup or in my case, 1 1/4 cup of flour, altho i think i only used half that amount for fear it would come out cake-like)
2.5 Tbsp sugar
70g white chocolate (5/8 cup)
170g margarine, on room temperature (3/4 cup)
100g powdered sugar (7/8 cup)

Mix 1/2 cup milk with sugar and corn starch. Pour remaining milk in a pot add white chocolate and cook on medium heat until it boils. Reduce the heat and pour in corn starch mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook until it thickens. You will know it is thick enough if, when you scrape the bottom of the pot with the spoon, you can see the bottom. Let cool.

Beat margarine with powdered sugar and beat in milk cream.

Topping
140 g milk chocolate (1 1/4 cup)
3 Tbsp milk
2.5 Tbsp sugar
100 g margarine (1/2 cup)

Put all the ingredients into a double boiler and cook until you get nice cream. Leave it to cool.

Assembling: 1 biscuit, half of the milk cream, half of the topping, repeat.

to be fair, my roommate helped with the conversion. i would've been lost without her.

bday


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7 comments:

  1. Mmmmmm, that looks soooo good. Make me a cake. I want cake! China does not have cake like that.

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  2. That does look very much like Boston Cream Pie! I would be soo happy if someone made that for my birthday cake!

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  3. wow he looks happy.. I would be too.. I wonder why you are so angry today. this seems to have turned out pretty well.

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  4. aaah tht still looks so yummy! well done. my birthday's in a 25days. hint hint.:D x

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  5. Christy, but surely, china has other tasty treats for you! :)

    Aliza, when is your bday? you're local and there is a boston cream pie recipe i've been wanting to try...

    oneofagrind, it was just one of those days you know?

    diva, if only you were local, i would bake you a cake in a heartbeat!

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  6. Mmmmmm, that looks soooo good. Make me a cake. I want cake! China does not have cake like that.

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  7. That does look very much like Boston Cream Pie! I would be soo happy if someone made that for my birthday cake!

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