Thursday, 31 May 2012

White chocolate-coconut cream filled "red" velvet cake

This cake is one of my favourite. I love strawberries... you may noticed that already:), it is easy to make and if you keep it in the fridge it will be delicious for days. This is the cake than I mentioned before, when I realised the supermarket food colourings not good enough. You can see the results yourself, it is rather brown than red, but since then I recreated the sponge with my new colouring and it is really red.

White chocolate-coconut cream filled "red" velvet cake

For the sponge
23cm cake tin 
350g softened butter
350g caster sugar
6 eggs
1 vanilla
330g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
15g baking powder
red food colouring * more on this topic in the Tricks and Recommendations 

For the cream
200ml double cream
1dream topping
150g white chocolate
100g dessicated coconut
200g cream cheese

For the filling 
600g strawberries

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Put the butter and the sugar into a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Gradually  beat in the eggs, vanilla and half of the flour to prevent the mixture from curdling. Add the remaining flour, cocoa powder and baking powder and give it a final beat to mix together. Add the food colouring and mix well.  Put the mixture in a prepared tin and bake it for 1 hr 15minutes, but check after 1hour. If the skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, than it is ready. Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes than put it onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool completely.

Whip the double cream  with the dream topping to stiff peaks then add the melted white chocolate, dessicated coconut and the cram cheese. Mix it again.

Divide the sponge to 3 equal part with a cake leveller and spread the bottom layer with the white chocolate cream. Arrange 1/3 of the strawberries on it and put some cream on top so the next sponge layer will stuck to it . Carry on until you have cream and sponge layer left. Keep it in the fridge, after a day or so the sponge will soften a bit and will be even more delicious than before.
Last week I baked the same cake for my birthday to take it to the office. I "think" they liked it and due to the rectangle shape it was easier to cut and divide to equal parts.

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