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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sponge Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese and Mascarpone Cheese Frosting


This was the first Red Velvet Cake I ever made.  I usually use fondant or fresh cream to decorate my cakes, but this time I decided to use something different. 

I used two different kind of cheeses, plus fresh cream of course!  Cream cheese and Mascarpone cheese are a very nice choice when frosting cakes, so this recipe had a combination of both.

Since I am still on a diet I did not taste the cake, but as I was told it was very good, especially the frosting!
Below you can find the recipe I used.  
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Sponge Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese and Mascarpone Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
Sponge
180gr caster sugar
5 medium eggs (room temperature)
1 tablespoon red food color
120gr all purpose flour
10gr unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder

Syrup
100ml water
100gr sugar
1 tablespoon black Cuban rum

Frosting
250gr cream cheese (room temperature)
200gr mascarpone cheese (room temperature)
150gr icing sugar (sifted)
1 teaspoon strawberry extract
500gr fresh cream

Preparation Method
Sponge
1) Preheat oven to 170ºC.
2) In an electric mixer beat sugar, eggs and food color, at medium speed, for 8 minutes.
3) Sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
4) Add flour to the egg mixture, stirring gently until well combined.
5) Pour mixture into two 20cm round pans and bake for 20 minutes. Let them cool completely, on a wire rack.
6) Cut each cake horizontally.

Syrup
1) In a small pan boil, for 2 minutes, water and sugar.
2) Remove from heat, add rum and let cool completely.
3) With a spoon, pour syrup onto each cake layer before you frost it.

Frosting
1) In an electric mixer beat cream cheese for two minutes.
2) Add mascarpone cheese, icing sugar and extract, and continue beating for another 5 minutes.
3) Finally add fresh cream.  Beat mixture for 2 to 3 minutes.
4) Use frosting in between cake layers and for the final frosting decoration.  


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