Wednesday, 29 May 2013

No Bake Summer Cake

I must say this is my favourite cake ... I am wondering now how come I didn't make this in such a long time. So yes I absolutely love this refreshing summer cake as it's so light and full of fruit goodness.

For this marvellous treat you will need :

  • 300 ml wipping cream 
  • 500 ml skimmed milk 
  • 6 egg yolks 
  • 6 tbsp xylitol or sweetener of your choice 
  • 2 tsp madagascar vanilla extract 
  • 25 gr powder gelatine 
  • fruits of your choice cut into chunks 
You can add as many fruits as you wish just remember to leave some for decoration. Also all the ingredients must be room temperature.

Boil the milk and set aside to cool. In a small bowl add the gelatine and pour cold water until you reach 2 fingers above the powder.

Whisk the cream with 1 tbsp of xylitol and 1 tsp of vanilla extract until firm. If using a mixer try not to over do it as you might get butter. Set aside or keep it in the fridge until ready to use.

Mix the egg yolks with the rest of the xylitol ( 5tbsp) and 1tsp of vanilla extract  in a bowl until the colour gets slightly lighter and add the room temperature milk. Give it a good stir and place the bowl in a pot with boiling water ( bain-marie method ). Leave it on until it gets thicker, stirring in occasionally. I did it on a medium heat and it took me 15 min or so. When it gets the consistency of a custard remove it from the pot and leave to cool slightly.

Add the gelatine to the still warm custard and stir in until dissolved. At this point I added the inside of 2 passion fruits. When it gets to room temperature fold in the wiped cream from the bottom-up so it gets mousse like and not sloppy :).

In a cake tin/ spring form/ silicon mould add a 1/3 of the custard and then add chunks of fruits. Put in the freezer of a few minutes and then pour another 1/3 of the custard and again add some fruits. In the freezer for another few minutes and top it with the rest of the custard. This technique will prevent the fruits from sinking at the bottom of the cake. You can now decorate it with some slices of orange or how ever you want.

I used berries for my deco but I added them when the cake was starting to set ( yes yes clumsy as always) so to prevent the fruits from falling I added on top of them a mix of gelatine ( same method as above ) warm water, orange juice and some  sweetener. I used only fresh fruits but if your are using canned you can use the syrup they are preserved in.

Leave to set in the fridge for 2 hours then is ready to serve.
Give it a try and let me know how it was .
Enjoy xxx

P.S. If you are using a spring form check it before pouring the custard as you might have the surprise of the batter dripping out of it ... I talk from experience :). Another method is to cover the form with a cling film so after the batter sets you can serve it up side down and decorate with some wipping cream.

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