Knockout cake recipe needed
I'm gearing up for doing a set of wedding cakes for a wedding that's happening on May 21 (eep!). I have 2/3 recipes completely set along with all my equipment, but the last darn cake is being a pain in the butt. I've done 2 test cakes and was happy with neither.
This cake is going to be 10 in square, so no particular worries about stacking. I've tried a yellow butter cake and a genoise (both out of the Cake Bible) and neither worked for me. The genoise was soaked with the suggested amount of Kahlua syrup, but it was still lackluster.
I'm doing a espresso swiss buttercream, but the cake and possibly the filling (if I don't just use the coffee buttercream) are still up in the air. I'm open to anything other than chocolate (we already have a killer chocolate cake), but it should be moist and rich (the couple's preference).
So in short: I need a cake that will be appropriate for a 10 in square with espresso swiss buttercream. Any help would be MOST appreciated! Thanks!
It sounds like an Opera Cake might work -- joconde, espresso buttercream, ganache, and espresso syrup. I'm sure you can find a recipe online, or in any classic French baking book. Normally the top layer is ganache, but you could switch it up with a final layer of buttercream.
I JUST took my joconde out of the oven after one failure. It looks lovely and the crumbs taste great. I won't assemble the whole cake til the end of this week, but the joconde was a great idea. Thanks for all the suggestions :)
This recipe ended up being the one that worked: http://www.joepastry.com/category/pas...
Note: I really almost ended up going with the hazelnut cake. I think that may end up being made for my own purposes at some point.