17 December 2014

Naked Cranberry Cake

Thinking about xmas recipes right? Here you a delicious cake with cranberries, I decided to make a naked cake and decorate with fresh cranberries which looks perfect for these holiday seasson. But if you rather not use frosting it will be also a good choice perfect fro breakfast or an afternoon tea. This recipe is adapted from this loaf cake.
What's about your preparation for Chistmas?

Cranberry Cake
makes 20 cm pan
125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200 g white sugar
200 g all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking  powder
a pinch of salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
3 large eggs
125 g heavy cream
125 g mascarpone
150 g fresh cranberries
100 g white chocolate, in chunks

Preheat the oven to 180ÂșC.
Sift the flour, the baking powder and the salt in a bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter and the sugar in a large bowl with an electric whisk until light and fluffy. Add the lemon zest, the mascarpone and the heavy cream mixing well at the time.   Add the vanilla, the eggs, one by one and beat until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat just until wel combined. Do not over mix.
Add the white chocolate and the cranberries and incorporate with a spatula.

Pour the batter into the greased pan, level with a spatula and place it on the preheated oven in the middle tray. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the top of the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool the cake in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.Remove the cake from the  pan and cool on the rack.

50 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
100 g cream cheese
100 g mascarpone
150 g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract teaspoon, I use this one
dried and fresh cranberries to

With a mixer cream the butter add the sifted powder sugar gradually and cream until smooth and pale. Mix in the vanilla extract. Add the cheeses and mix until incorporated, do not overmix to avoid the frosting becomes to liquid.
Cut the cake in layers, spread a good dollop of the cheese cream frosting, spread out using a palette knife and if you wish sprinkle some dried cranberries all over. Repet the same on the top layer.

I top with some fresh cranberries, to give the snow effect, wash the cranberries with cold water and roll them on granulated sugar. 

This has been my last recipe before Christmas and also probably the last of the year. But I will be anyway very active in facebook and instagram.  So for all of you who celebrate Christmas, and even those who do not, I wish you all the best and Merry Xmas!   

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