Almond praline vanilla cake

We actually came up with this cake because we wanted to make a perfect dessert for our parents anniversary dinner. None of them are chocolate fans, so we decided on a vanilla cake, with dulce de leche. They don´t like buttercream either, so we chose to make a basic italian meringue. And (drums please), for the perfect finale: almond praline, because they both really like almonds. 

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It was really great, you have no idea how delicious it was. All of it, from the sponge-like vanilla cake, then the soft meringue, to the crunch of the almond praline. 

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This is an awesome recipe, and the best part is you can totally change the filling or the meringue for something you like better. But I am telling you, that if you follow our instructions, you will end up with a DELICIOUS CAKE!!

 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1 C unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1  3/4 C sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 C cake flour, sifted
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C buttermilk (check out our recipe: buttermilk)

For the filling:

  • A dulce de leche can

For the italian meringue:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 4 room temperature egg whites
  • A pinch cream of tartar
  • Lemon juice from 1/2 lemon

For the almond praline:

Directions:

For the cake:

  1. Separate the eggs and pour whites into a clean bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, and then add vanilla extract.
  4. Alternately incorporate cake flour and baking powder along with buttermilk, starting and finishing with flour.
  5. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, and incorporate them into the mixture.
  6. Divide batter between two greased pans.
  7. Bake at 380° F for about 40 min. Let cool in pans completely.

For the italian meringue:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over high heat, brushing down sides of pot as necessary with a pastry brush dipped in water. Cook until sugar syrup registers 240°F on an instant read or candy thermometer.
  2. Meanwhile, combine egg whites with cream of tartar and lemon juice in the bowl of a stand mixer. Set mixer to medium speed and mix until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  3. With the mixer running, carefully and slowly drizzle in hot sugar syrup. Increase speed to high and whip until desired stiffness is achieved.

For the almond praline:

  1. Follow our delicious recipe: almond praline

To assemble:

  1. On the cake stand of your choice, place one of the cakes first, then using a piping bag put the dulce de leche on top of it, from the outside in. 
  2. On top of that place the second cake and let it sit for about 30 min. so that the resultant cake is overall firmer. 
  3. Carefully cover the whole cake with the italian meringue. 
  4. Break into pieces the almond praline and place a good amount of it on top of the cake. 
  5. Lastly, let the cake sit for a little while (we know is hard not to eat it right away) for it to be firmer. 

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Author: Andrea Gámez

Interior designer, Photographer, Food blogger and lover, painting entusiast and a sucker for art. / MEXICO

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