Monday, June 21, 2010

Almond Berry Chiffon Cake for Eric

After many weeks, I finally managed to retrieve the memory card from the camera that I took these cake photos with! So this post is extremely long overdue.

It was my boyfriend Eric's birthday a month ago so I organized a dinner at a restaurant in SF with a few of his close friends. Because they all know that I bake cakes, I couldn't let them down by showing up empty-handed. So I decided to make a special cake by Ji and bring it to the restaurant to share with everybody.

I wanted something light, fresh, and summery. While browsing through the different recipes, I suddenly thought of the raspberry almond cake that I made for my friend Van's completion of her CA exam. It was the perfect cake for the occasion with lots of fresh berries and light texture after feasting on a delicious birthday meal.

The basic composition of the cake was the same as before but I made a few changes. I switched the vanilla cake to my beloved chiffon cake with a hint of almond. Then the cake layer was spread with raspberry preserve to add some more intense berry flavor.

In between the three cake layers was fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries and sweet vanilla custard that was infused with ground almond and lightened by folding in whipped cream at the end. The almond flavor was subtle yet it provided a perfect complement to the fresh berries and the delicate crumbs of the chiffon cake.

The cake was finished off with cream cheese frosting sweetened with melted white chocolate that provided the perfect amount of sweetness. And finally, it was adorned with toasted almond slices and some more fresh berries on top that I bought from the farmer's market that same morning.

The cake was a big hit! I was so touched when Fay commented that it was the best cake she ever had and when I saw Jacob finish his generously sized slice claiming that he is not a dessert person. And of course, the birthday boy enjoyed the cake too - he devoured the last piece we saved the very next day!

I wanted to post some pictures I took during the dinner but unfortunately, I've misplaced my small camera that I took photos with. Hopefully it will show up somewhere soon!

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