BLUEBERRY CREAM CAKE




INGREDIENTS

2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
6 tbsp. sugar
¼ cup water
1 tbsp. orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
1 tsp. orange zest (optional)
2-3 cups fresh blueberries for decoration

Cake:
2/3 cups (150 g) butter, room temperature
1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups (230 g) cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/3 (300 ml) cup milk

Frosting:
2-1/2 cups (625 ml) heavy whipping cream (35%)
1 (275g) tub of mascarpone cheese
1 cup (100 g) confectioner sugar
2 tsp vanilla

METHOD

Place the 2 cups of fresh or frozen blueberries in a sauce pan with sugar and water over medium heat until it starts boiling, about 3 minutes. Add the orange liqueur and stirring from time to time until thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir in the orange zest and set aside to cool.

CAKE
Preheat the oven to 350°F; and line 2 x 6" round cake pans with parchment circles.

Cream butter with sugar until light and creamy. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until well mixed.

In another bowl, sift cake flour with baking powder.

Stir the flour mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.

Pour batter in prepared cake pans and bake for approx. Bake cake for approximately 40 minutes. The cake is ready when an inserted wooden skewer or cake tester comes out clean or when cake springs back when lightly pressed with a finger.

Let the cake cool in pans for about 10 minutes. Loosen the sides with a knife or metal spatula and invert to a metal rack. Invert again to another rack to prevent the cake from splitting. Cool completely.

FROSTING

Place the mascarpone in the bowl and whisk to break it and lighten it up. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until fluffy and stiff peaks have formed but be careful to not overbeat it dry. Frosting should be still be on the fluffy side and smooth.

ASSEMBLY

Cut each cake horizontally into two. Place the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a coupler or tip about ½” round. Place the cake on to a board or serving platter and pipe a dam of frosting along the edge of the cake. Spread 1/3 of the jam and pipe more of the frosting to cover the jam. Place another cake on top and repeat the process 2 more times and placing the last piece of cake on top. Frost the cake completely. Place the blueberries on the side of the cake. Using a St. Honoré pastry tip, pipe tear drop shapes all around the top of the cake (see video).

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