BM# 51 -- Baking Marathon: Day 19
Bake of the Day: Celebration Cakes -- Eggless Berry Cake (with Sour Cream)
After my son's birthday cakes (Cookie cake & Dulche de Leche cake), I made this eggless berry cake for my niece. I was volunteering to bake cakes left and right, so I can bake new cakes for the marathon. I think some of my friends & family were even creeped out on how obsessed I was to bring a cake to the party -- poor people 😉
I asked my niece what flavored cake she wants -- she wasn't really worried about the flavor, she just wanted a princess cake that was pink. So I accepted the challenge and even found a recipe and instructions on making a nice Barbie princess cake. Initially it seemed easy enough to make but as I kept thinking about it seemed like a daunting task, so I changed my mind and decided on making this Peppa Pig cake instead because she is a big fan of Peppa. Good that I didn't promise her a princess cake in the first place. She was definitely excited to see Peppa on the cake.
This Eggless Berry cake is adapted from Gayathri's eggless strawberry cake. Gayathri's cake is a beautiful pink cake with even more beautiful frosting and pearls. The big mistake I made was to use homemade mixed berry jam that made the cake purple colored instead of pretty pink. I almost cried looking at the color, but then I didn't have too much time for a redo. I went with it and covered it completely with frosting and fondant. I sprinkled some sugar syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled for couple of minutes) on the cake to keep it moist and then decorated it.
I frosted the cake with buttercream frosting, poured a chocolate ganache (2:1 chocolate chips:cream) on top (to resemble the muddy puddle that Peppa loves to play in) and then added some fondant decorations. This was my first time working with fondant and I was quite excited. It wasn't as hard as I imagined to be. I bought Wilton ready-to-use fondant and colored it as needed.
All in all, a delicious cake (forget about the purple color) that attracted the kids and adults with its outside looks 😉
Recipe adapted from Gayathri's Strawberry Cake:
[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Eggless Berry Cake (with Sour Cream) - Beautiful Pink berry cake that is eggless, but moist and delicious. - All purpose flour, Baking powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Unsalted Butter @ room temperature, Sugar, Strawberry Jam, Pure Vanilla extract, Sour Cream, Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 8" round cake pan.; In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.; In another mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the jam, vanilla extract and sour cream. Mix well until combined.; Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated.; Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25~30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.; Remove from the pan after 5 minutes onto a wire rack to cool completely.; [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]
Eggless Berry Cake (with Sour Cream) -- Peppa Pig Fondant Cake
- 1½ cups All purpose flour
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 6 tbsp Unsalted Butter @ room temperature
- ½ cup Sugar
- ⅓ cup Strawberry Jam
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla extract
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 8″ round cake pan.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- In another mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the jam, vanilla extract and sour cream. Mix well until combined.
- Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 25~30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove from the pan after 5 minutes onto a wire rack to cool completely.