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Family Birthday Gathering

Cake that is not only delicious with it’s four flavored layers but a gorgeous presentation of colors!
vanilla chocolate caramel cake

I admit it, when I am told that people are coming over, I immediately start to plan the numerous treats I will make. I cannot imagine friends coming over and not leaving absolutely satisfied. When a family gathering is planned for our house – I really go crazy. That means a large group arriving late morning – a perfect time for brunch. But really they are coming for lunch. And dessert. And when I say dessert and family in the same breath, I actually mean Tres Leches Cake.
Family GatheringFamily GatheringSince muffins have become part of my weekly routine, I thought it totally appropriate to make a few different kinds of muffins. That way everyone would have a favorite and no one would be disappointed. We had Lime Poppyseed muffins a week or so before and they were just delicious. I planned on these again…but of course completely spaced on the poppyseed part, so they became a simple lime muffin. Which in reality tasted much more like a cupcake. But, who’s keeping track. I also made a delicious Sweet Potato, Pecan & Raisin muffin and a dessert-like Banana Chocolate Cinnamon Streusel muffin.Family GatheringFamily GatheringTo balance the sweet, I had to make something savory, right? Certainly! I decided on mini-quiches. To which I promptly told my husband not to let me do something that involved before a big gathering. I made a Pasta Frolla dough for the base of the quiche, which I would think twice about the next time, simply because the crust got too puffy and pushed too much of the filling out. What a mess! But, my father-in-law loved them and I sent him home with a bag full.Family GatheringFamily GatheringLunch was a delicious Peruvian meal of Aji de Gallina. Instead of one extra large batch, I made TWO extra large batches. A perfect amount for nearly everyone to have seconds. My sister-in-law actually asked to take some home. Boy did that make me proud! Dinner was followed up by a fun game of charades. Not just any game of charades – Birthday Balloon Charades, where every clue is stuffed into a balloon and the lucky person has to pop the not-very-full balloon. What fun to see everyone enjoy themselves.

Family GatheringFamily GatheringBefore everyone left, we sang a few birthday songs and cut the cake! Of course, I made the Tres Leches Cake but I knew that most would be taking their slices home. The main star of dessert was this four layer – four flavor cake. The layers (from bottom to top) are vanilla, caramel, chocolate-caramel and chocolate. Tucked between each layer was manjar blanco and a dark chocolate ganache covered the entire cake. The cake turned out fabulously, I was very pleased. I would love to make this again for another special occasion.

Vanilla Chocolate Caramel Cake

 

Vanilla Chocolate Caramel Cake

Yield: 16 servings

Source: Adapted from BBC Food

Ingredients

    For Vanilla & Chocolate Cakes:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 225 grams very soft butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 cup rubia sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup natural yogurt
  • 5 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • For Caramel & Caramel Chocolate Cakes:
  • 225 grams very soft butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 7/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup natural yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • For Chocolate Ganache:
  • 140 grams dark chocolate
  • 140 grams milk chocolate
  • 1 1/3 cup cream
  • For Assembly:
  • 400g manjar blanco

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Grease the bases of 2 8-inch cake pans and line with baking parchment. Coat parchment with additional cooking spray.
  2. Vanilla & Chocolate Layers:
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in vanilla. Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Mix in yogurt.
  5. Divide the batter in half by pouring into a separate bowl. Beat in the cocoa powder.
  6. Transfer batter to the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick test comes out clean.
  7. Caramel & Caramel-Chocolate Layers:
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.
  9. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well between additions. Beat in vanilla. Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Mix in yogurt.
  10. Divide the batter in half by pouring into a separate bowl. Beat in the cocoa powder.
  11. Transfer batter to the two prepared cake pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick test comes out clean.
  12. Chocolate Ganache:
  13. Melt the dark and milk chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat, stir in the cream and cool or chill until spreadable.
  14. Assembly:
  15. Once cakes are cooled, spread a third of the manjar blanco onto the vanilla layer and top with the caramel layer. Spread another third of the manjar blanco onto the caramel layer and top with the caramel-chocolate layer. Spread the final third of manjar blanco onto the caramel-chocolate layer and top with the chocolate layer. Spread the chocolate ganache over the whole cake to serve. It will keep in a cool place in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Discussion

4 Responses to “Family Birthday Gathering”

  1. I don’t suppose you’d be willing to share your recipe for ají de gallina? I’m studying abroad in Lima this semester, but with my return to the USA looming in December I’m trying to find ways to “take” Peruvian food home with me! (Ají de gallina is one of my favorites!)

    Posted by Becky | November 22, 2012, 7:05 am
  2. I didn´t know that it was your birthday. What date was it ? Anyway, everything that you cooked look delicious , especially that 4 layers cake…yum….

    Congratulations…

    Posted by Yamile Barraza | November 25, 2012, 12:34 pm

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