Lazy Sunday with Berlin Air Cake


Sunday morning is my favourite time of the week. It’s not a market day, work day or a school day. There’s no need to run anywhere or wake up early. Perfect for lounging, taking extra time to get out of bed and even longer to have the morning coffee and breakfast. And to top it all off, this Sunday was perfectly sunny – it made my living room nice and warm and so incredibly bright!
Igor was coming over to study in the late morning, so I decided make us some croissants and cappucinos for breakfast. Mmmm…the smell of warm croissants – is there anything better when you’re hungry?

So, I’ve been eyeing this cake on the front page of LCBO’s Food and Drink magazine for a few months now, and Sunday seemed to be a perfect day to try it. So, I decided that while Igor was studying, I’d make this beautiful piece of dessert πŸ™‚ I underestimated the amount of time it would take to make it, so by the time I was finished, I had run out of good daylight…so the pictures had to wait until the next day. I think it would have gone faster had I had three same size cake pans. I only had one, so I had to bake each crust separately…so just the baking alone took 1.5 hours. I must say though, the way it turned out, all the work was so totally worth it!

I also really enjoyed the name of this cake – Berlin Air πŸ™‚ I wonder how that came about. I thought in addition to it being a delicious cake, it could also be a sweet temptation and a greeting to all my dear friends in Berlin πŸ™‚ Of course, leave it to Isabeau to ask if the cake can fly! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Well, sure, I said, I could fly – if you threw it at someone πŸ™‚
Ha ha ha!

Other than the fact that this cake takes some time to make (but if you had 3 cake pans, it would take 1/3 of the time), it was actually pretty easy. The crust is simple, and the rest is just a lot of whipping cream. It seems that the “Whip It” stabilizer is quite important because otherwise the whipped cream wouldn’t hold its shape for longer periods. The cake also should be consumed almost immediately, so make sure you share it with your friends and family!
Happy eating! ’till next time – cheerio!

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RECIPE

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Berlin Air Cake

Cake

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • ΒΎ cup (175 mL) unsalted butter
  • 1ΒΎ cups (425 mL) granulated sugar, divided
  • 1ΒΎ cups (425 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1Β tsp (5 mL) baking powder
  • Β½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • Β½ cup (125 mL) milk
  • ΒΎ tsp (4 mL) pure vanilla extract
  • ΒΌ tsp (1 mL) cream of tartar
  • ΒΎ cup (175 mL) sliced almonds

Filling

  • 1 cup (250 mL) drained canned peaches or mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream
  • 1 envelope (10 g) Dr. Oetker Whip it
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) granulated sugar
  • Β½ tsp (2 mL) icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325Β°F (160Β°C). Use three 9-inch (23-cm) springform pans or use cake tins lined with enough foil to overlap sides (to be used to lift cakes out); coat pan insides with spray. Separate eggs; set whites aside.

2. Using electric beaters, cream butter with ΒΎ cup (175 mL) sugar for 5 minutes, or until quite fluffy. Beat in egg yolks 1 at a time. Stir flour with baking powder and salt. Stir milk with vanilla. Using a spatula, stir a third of flour mixture into butter mixture; then stir in half of milk mixture. Repeat; then finish with final third of flour mixture. Divide batter between pans; spread out dough and smooth tops.

3 Using a clean bowl and clean beaters, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. While beating, slowly add remaining 1 cup (250 mL) sugar. Continue to beat until whites are stiff and glossy. Dividing equally, spread over batter in pans; sprinkle with almonds.

4. Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes or until top is lightly golden and a cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes; then remove cakes from pans. Place back on rack to cool completely. (Baked cakes can be kept uncovered at room temperature for up to half a day.)

5. To assemble cake, coarsely chop well-drained peaches (or oranges). Pour whipping cream and Whip it into a cold mixing bowl; add 2tbsp (25mL) sugar. Whip cream with electric beaters until firm peaks form when beaters are lifted.

6. Set aside best-looking cake round for top layer. Place 1 round on cake plate; spread with half of cream. Dot with half of fruit. Top with another round. Repeat with cream and fruit.

7. Finally add reserved top layer. Lightly sift icing sugar over top. Uncovered, cake keeps well at room temperature for several hours, but other wise cannot be prepared ahead or frozen.

Serves 10 to 12

Β© LCBO Food and Drink Magazine

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11 responses to “Lazy Sunday with Berlin Air Cake

  1. I am drooling πŸ™‚

  2. Hats off.. I guess if I print and eat it, it wont taste the same. that’s why I’m copy-pasting the recipe part of your post. good job πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Olivier πŸ™‚ So my friends devoured it two days ago – the whole thing! I guess it must have been delicious πŸ™‚ Too bad I can’t send u some in the mail πŸ™‚ hi hi hi

  3. Devoured you say? Good to know πŸ™‚ Don’t have any doubt it tasted good.

  4. That’s awesome. The cake looks amazing and I love the photography! It’s pretty brilliant, and makes me hungry πŸ˜€

  5. Fantastic site! Some of the best “food photography” on the internet!

  6. This cake looks so scrumptious and yummy indeed!!

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