Now back to HCB business. This week's recipe for the Heavenly Cake Bakers, is the Coffee Chiffonlets with Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream. I don't even like coffee and yet I was super excited about making this recipe. Why? Because I've never made a chiffon cake before. I didn't have mini Angel Food Cake pans required for this recipe, so I decided to make it into a layer cake. Well, that was easier said than done. After reading through the Orange Glow Chiffon Cake recipe in Rose's Heavenly Cakes, I learned that as long as I used unbleached flour and a flower nail, I should be fine. And so the adventure started...
Looks can be sooooo deceiving... :o)
I decided to use an 8" round spring form pan since the ingredients for the Coffee Chiffon cake measured 75% of the Orange Glow Chiffon cake (which was created for a 9" pan). I was happy when the batter came about halfway up the spring form pan.
After 35 minutes, I tested the cake and the cake tester came out dry. Pretty much within 30 seconds, I had a little uh-oh moment when the cake part at the top started to shrink from the sides. But I kept my cool and flipped the cake pan upside down anyway and continued to cool it that way for 1 hour.
After I took the cake out of the pan, I couldn't believe the funny shape of the cake. It was very lopsided to say the least :o) Of course I ask myself, why did that happen? I'm thinking I might have slightly underbaked the cake. With that said, this could very well be the softest cake I've ever touched. So light, soft and spongy.
Instead of the Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream, I decided to make a coffee-flavored pastry cream because I didn't have any cream and was too lazy to go buy it :o) So I pulled out my copy of Tish Boyle's The Cake Book and made the pastry cream recipe that is part of her Boston Cream Pie, with the addition of 1/4 tsp of espresso powder. I cut the cake in half, brushed both halves with the coffee syrup, and sandwiched the coffee pastry cream in between.
To cover up this "ugly" cake, I glazed it with my standby Chocolate Glaze :o)
- This cake is a winner!! It is so light, that it just melts in your mouth. The creaminess of the pastry cream with a faint hint of coffee, is an excellent match. The cake part by itself doesn't have a very pronounced coffee flavor, which I like, however, the syrup gave it a LOT of coffee flavor. Next time, I might leave it out or just use a simple sugar syrup. Having said that, I can't stop eating it :o)
- Hubby hasn't had a chance to try this cake yet. As soon as he does (probably tomorrow), I'll update this post with his "rating" of the cake. I have no doubt he too will love this cake, especially since he likes coffee. Update (4/26/2010): hubby liked it a lot but would have preferred the whipped cream over the pastry cream. Still, he gave it a 9 out of 10 overall rating.
- I reduced the espresso powder in the cake batter from 2 1/4 tsp to 2 tsp to bring down the coffee flavor.
- I made the syrup in the microwave and used about 1/4 cup of it on the cake. I was going to leave it out completely because the cake was plenty moist, but decided to use half of it instead. I replaced the Kahlua with water.
- When I make this cake again, I'll definitely try the Dulce de Leche Whipped Cream. I'm pretty sure that Caramel Whipped Cream would work equally well. As you can see, there are lots of options! :o)