Berry Chantilly Cake Recipe
This recipe is a close copy of a Berry Chantilly Cake from a popular organic grocery chain. The ingredients were copied from the listing on the cake container itself. The original cake calls for orange Flavedo which is simply orange zest. This recipe substitutes Gran Marnier instead but feel free to use the zest if you like. The overall measurements were calculated based off of other tried and tested recipes. The apricot glaze is an easier method than making your own from scratch but will yield the same results. If you try it and feel it's not exactly right let me know. I no longer have the original to compare it to. None of the markets here in my new city sell this cake. Hope you enjoy!
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
8 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons unbleached cake flour
1 cup unbleached unbromated flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt three times to ensure maximum integration. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly tapped. Cool 15 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks.
(Make sure to use unbleached, unbromated flour to ensure your cake comes out like the original! Measure all flour portions by pouring your flour into your measuring cup rather than scooping. Scooping will pack the flour in and almost always add too much to the batter causing the cake to be dry or not rise.)
Marscopone cream cheese frosting:
2 cups of heavy cream
8 ounces of mascarpone cheese, room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon almond bitter essence
1.With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream and
almond bitter essence until stiff peaks form (be careful not to
over-beat, or cream will be grainy).
2.In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners
sugar until very smooth.
3.Gently fold whipped cream into mascarponeuntil completely
incorporated. Use immediately.
2 pints raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1.Combine raspberries and sugar in a saucepan. Cook until raspberries are
broken down, about 10 minutes.
2.Remove from the heat and strain through a chinois to eliminate seeds.
1 cup Fresh strawberries, stemmed, halved
1 cup Fresh raspberries
1/2 cup Fresh blackberries or blueberries
3 oz. Grand Marnier
(you can also use orange extract)
1/4 cup Orange juice
1.Combine Grand Marnier & orange juice. Whisk until blended.
2.Place berries in a shallow bowl or dish, cover with Grand Marnier mixture.
Marinate for 30 minutes.
1/2 cup (125 grams) apricot jam or preserves
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or water (can also use other liqueurs)
1.Heat the apricot jam or preserves in a small saucepan over medium heat
2.Remove from heat and strain the jam through a fine strainer to remove
any fruit lumps. (If using, add the liqueur at this point.)
3.Let cool until it is only slightly warm and then glaze the fruit on top of
cake, using a pastry brush.
Place one completely cool layer of cake on a cake dish and add frosting to top. Frosting should be slightly higher near edges than in the center. Add raspberry puree to layer then add a layer of fruit. Next, add the second layer of cake and frost the entire cake with Marscopone frosting. At this point you can add piping to the top rim of the cake as well as the sides if you like. Piping at the top will help to keep the raspberry puree from running down the sides. At this point add the raspberry puree then top with the remaining fruit. While the apricot glaze is still warm brush the fruit with a thin layer. You may also add sliced almonds to the top and sides of the cake if you wish. Place the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This cake is best served cold.