Sunday, 4 May 2008

Whipped cream cake with caramel fudge icing

Classified as a ‘dessert cake’ this is one of those beautiful concoctions that will look right whether you serve it for dessert or as something special with afternoon tea. This is the photo that defines ‘happiness’:

What interested me with this recipe is that the sponge contains no butter, but uses whipped cream instead. This gives a lovely fine but firm texture and a lightness to the sponge. I have a weakness for cakes made with brown sugar too so this one couldn’t really disappoint!

When I took the cake from the oven it had risen so much that I prepared myself for it sinking. It didn’t. This is a tall cake when layered up with all the cream and fudgy goodness!

Even before the cake is cut and filled it’s big:

Here you can see the texture really clearly – this was taken when I cut the cake into layers:

The icing is rather magical – it’s not a buttercream or a white icing, the best way I can describe it is as a soft caramel fudge. Actually that’s a lie, the best way I can describe it is as follows: heavenly!

The icing starts as caramel on the hob:

It then becomes thick and sweet and succulent. It’s so thick and gooey that it can’t run down the side of the cake!

You get a lot of servings from this one!

The now-standard spoon shot:

Compare and contrast with the CCB’s (Caked Crusader’s Brother) spoonful – notice how he was more careful to compose a spoonful showing all the component parts, unlike me who was just trying to shovel it in as quickly as possible!

For the cake:
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I used a bit more)
275g brown sugar
300ml double cream
300g self raising flour

For the filling:
300ml double cream

For the caramel fudge icing:
60g unsalted butter
110g brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk or cream, more may be required
80g icing sugar

How to make:
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
- Grease and line a 20cm round cake tin (nice deep tin).
- First, make the cake. Beat the eggs and vanilla until the mix is thick and creamy. It should look airy with little bubbles in it.
- Gradually beat in the sugar. This is best done by adding some sugar, beating, adding more sugar, beating etc, rather than adding the sugar in one go.
- Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold one spoonful of this into the egg mix.
- Fold the flour into the egg mix, then fold in the remaining cream.
- Spoon mixture into the cake tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Mine took 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and leave to cool in the tin for 5-10 minutes. Then, turn out and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. I expected the cake to sink but it didn’t! It is a big cake!
- To make the filling, beat the cream until firm peaks form.
- To make the caramel icing, melt the butter in a saucepan and add the brown sugar and milk/cream. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat at once. Simmer for 2 minutes then remove from the hob. Allow to cool slightly before sifting in the icing sugar. Sifting the icing sugar is vital – if you don’t the icing sugar will form lumps in the icing which no beating will remove (as I learnt to my cost and had to remake it!)
- If the icing becomes too thick simply beat in an additional tablespoon of milk.
- Cut the cake into two layers and spread the bottom layer with the whipped cream. Put the top layer of cake onto the cream and spread the top with the caramel icing. If you want to make the top completely smooth flip the cake layer so that the rounded top sits in the cream, giving you the lovely flat cut side to spread the icing over.
- Bask in glory at the wonderful thing you have made.
- Eat.


Deborah said...

Oooh, caramel fudge icing - that sounds absolutely divine!!

Holler said...

Wow, that cake looks amazing! I am going to make it, but I will have to buy a deeper cake tin first as mine are shallow! I can't wait to try this! What are you betting my cake sinks?

Blog Princess G said...

CC, you are a goddess!!

Cakelaw said...

Delicious and irresistable!

Helen said...

Mmm...looks delicious! Must try this one - fingers crossed mine doesn't sink! Hx

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

This is superb..What is the size of the cake pan you have used..The cake has really risen well...
I really want to try out the filling too ...Looks so delicious!!

Rosie said...

WOW oh WOW this is one impressive cake!! This is a MUST bake!!

Rosie x

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

yes, it certainly defines 'happiness'..very well done !

Dee said...

i found you at big boy's oven, and all i can say is hurray! hope i don't wear out my welcome :)

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

wow!! the cake looks fantastic..its great to get a big cake which actually has enough height to be cut into layers, isnt it!!? and perfect layering too.. looved it!

Rosie said...

Just came back again to show my hubby your amazing cake!! He stood drooling over my shoulder :D

Rosie x

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

No butter, but cream instead? That's a new one to me. What an amazing cake! I am going to HAVE to make that. And eat it. ;-)

Bina said...

Your cake looks amazing! I have to try it. Do you use golden caster sugar or the sticky brown kind usually used for gingerbread?

The Caked Crusader said...

Hi Bina

Thanks for stopping by.
For this cake and the icing I used the full on sticky dark brown sugar - I think it gives the best caramel with a lovely deep flavour.
Happy baking!

The Caked Crusader

Anonymous said...

CC - would this recipe work with chocolate? I want to make the sponge a chocolate one!

The Caked Crusader said...

Hi Anonymous

Yes, I think it would - just remember that the flour + cocoa cannot exceed the weight of flour I give in the recipe i.e. if you decide to use 30g cocoa, then only use 270g flour
This is important, so as not to change the texture of the cake

Happy baking

Anonymous said...

Amazing! Thanks cc. I am a very green baker so would never have known that :)

Ruth said...

I added a desert spoon of golden syrup to the fudge topping and wow how nice is it !! An occasion to forget the calories!

The Caked Crusader said...

Hi Ruth

That sounds a lovely tweak to the recipe - yum!

Happy baking

Anonymous said...

Made this for a birthday - very much appreciated!! Good tip on the golden syrup and sticky brown sugar - thanks!