I am here to fulfil my promise that I made in my previous post. That is, to put up this recipe as soon as I can. So here I am typing away while slowly enjoying my breakfast before the day gets busy.
I seem to have fallen more madly in love with layered cakes ever since my girls bought me a beautiful 5 layered birthday cake last month. The millie crepe cake that I made to bring to our ladies’ potluck lunch was a real challenge with at least 20 layers. Not successful yet….*sigh*. But will try again sometime. The 9 layered chocolate cheesecake that I made for my little friend, Ellie’s birthday last week was also a real challenge. But it turned out a great success. You can see the 9 layered chocolate cheesecake in my previous post at 9 Layered Chocolate Cheesecake For Little Friend’s Birthday.
If making more layers is more challenging or you don’t have time, cutting down to 5 or 6 layers would be less stressful. That’s what happened when I want a cake badly for a dinner party at home but didn’t have much time. I just made 6 layers. If you want it even less challenging, you can do 3 layers of course but then it won’t look as beautiful. Having said that, I would still go for the 10 layered chocolate cheesecake when I have time, for special occasion…..*smiles*.
Here’s the recipe for my 6 layered chocolate cheesecake. This is a big cake. Use half of the ingredients if you want a smaller one.
1C cocoa powder
1t baking powder
Sieve Ingredients A into a bowl. Leave aside.
16 egg yolks
2t vanilla essence
Put all of Ingredients B into a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
16 egg whites
1t cream of tartar
Put all of Ingredients C into a big mixing bowl and whisk until thick and well risen. It’s easier to use an electric beater. I was rushing so my egg white was not well beaten as you can see in the picture. To have better result, beat the egg white until quite stiff, then add in sugar in 3 lots, beaten well after each lot. Lastly add in cream of tartar and continue to beat until well risen and stiff.
Mix the dry ingredients of A into the egg yolk mixture. Mix well. Then add the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture in 3 lots, gently folding and stirring after each addition until smooth and even. NEVER beat. Pour into a shallow tin and bake at 200 degrees Celsius for about 10-15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Do not over bake.
I poured the batter into 3 shallow baking tins. They puffed up quite high but settled on cooling. It feels soft when touched. But it would have been even much softer if the egg white had been beaten until stiff. But it’s still very good though.
Cut each cake into 2 so you get 6 pieces of cake. Sandwich them with any cream or icing that you like. I used cheese icing which is very easy to make. Just beat up some cheese, double cream, icing sugar and some vanilla essence. Use more cheese if you like it more cheesy. I used the cheese icing to sandwich the cake layers and also to cover the whole cake for this one. As for my 9 layered chocolate cheesecake, I only used the cheese cream to sandwich the cake but whipped cream to cover the cake. I think I would go for the all cream cheese icing, both to sandwich and to cover the cake.
Then decorate with some brightly coloured fruit. I bought big colourful juicy strawberries for this purpose. I was rushing with the cooking for the dinner party so I asked my daughter to help me cut each strawberry into half. When I wanted to decorate the cake, much to my horror, all the strawberries were well cut but without the leaves!!!….aarrrrgggghhh. I screamed!!!! Well, too late!….*sob sob*. I wanted the leaves to be intact so that it looks more beautiful. I asked her why she cut off all the leaves. Her reply…….. “You did not give me proper instruction!” Not too sure whether to be angry or amused….haha. Telling myself……”Cool down…cool down! At least she helps and next time she will know.” All of us learn through mistakes, right? It’s always important to remind ourselves as parents not to be a perfectionist……*grin*.
That’s my baking adventure the past week. How do you like my layered cakes? I’ll be on to more baking adventure soon. I have been thinking about layered orange cake with orange cream……mmmm. I hope to make 10 layers again….*big smiles*. My girls are waiting! But they need to eat more healthy food first……juices, vegetables and fruits. On top of that, exercise!
Having said that, I will be back in my next post to share with you a very quick, simple and healthy lunch. In the mean time, have fun till we meet again soon.
Quote of the day……
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
– Life’s Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.