Meringue Cake

Home is sometimes a long way from a Harrys or a Ciprianis , so I had to take this challange. This recipe is inspired by none other than The Harrys Bar, I did my best.

Perfect White Cake- 2 layers,each sliced in half horizontally-(recipe follows)

Pastry Creme (recipe follows)

1 1/2 cups Whipping Creme

Meringue(recipe follows)

Whip Cream on high until stiff peaks form. Fold  the whipped creme into  the Pastry Creme until combined.

Slice each white cake into 3 equal layers.

Assemble cake:

Place one layer of cake on oven proof plate. 

Spread a  dollop of creme over layer leaving 1/2 inch margin of cake. creme should be about 1/ 2”  thick.

Place another layer of cake and repeat creme, cake, cream, cake.

build a cake 4  layers high ending with cake as the top layer.

Spread meringue generously over top and sides with rubber spatula.

Heat oven to 260c/500f

Place cake in oven to brown meringue. about 1-2 minutes . Watch carefully not to burn.

Slide cake onto Serving Plate.

Chill .

Perfect White Cake

2  Round 9” non stick baking pans -greased and floured                                           Preheat oven 180c/350f

  • 4 Egg Whites- room temp
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2  1/2  teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1  1/2  cups Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 12 tablespoons Butter(2 sticks) – Room Temp. 

Whisk lightly, Egg Whites, 1/2 cup Milk and Vanilla. Set Aside.

In Large bowl combine Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder and Salt.

Mix in Butter and remaining milk.

Beat on medium for 1 minute.

Add half the egg mixture and beat for 30 seconds. Add remaining half and beat for another 30 seconds.

Pour batter evenly into baking pans smoothing tops so there are no highs and lows.

Bake for 30 minutes. Check for doneness bu inserting a wooden skewer into the cake center. when it comes out clean cake is done.

Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack. let cool completely.

Meringue

  •  4 egg whites -room temp
  • Lemon Juice-half lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Beat whites until frothy. Add lemon juice,and vanilla.

Add in sugar slowly and beat until stiff glossy peaks form.

Pastry Cream

  •  1  1/2 Cups Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 slice orange or lemon zest about 1 “ thick (your choice)
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla paste

Pour Milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, and zest into a saucepan.

Bring to a boil.

Remove from heat. Remove zest.

Whisk yolks and remaining sugar until combined. Add Flour in small increments whisking well after each addition until smooth.

Whisk hot milk into the yolk mixture in small increments beating continuously.

Pour mixture back into saucepan, cook on med heat stirring continuously until mixture thickens. Once thickened stir and cook for another few minutes.

Add Vanilla.

Cool Custard completely stirring frequently to avoid skin forming on top.

Refrigerate until needed.

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About eatonsquareedibles

I've had the great good fortune of living abroad for more than a decade. The traditions, comfort and memories of home are things I cherish and carry with me on my travels. What I wasn't expecting was that other cultures and flavors would seep into my own traditions and favorites and influence a new batch of classics. Heres to evolving traditions and new memories! View all posts by eatonsquareedibles

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