What are the 'makings of good baker' ? Is that a thing? I know the rules. Be organised. Mis en place. Clean workspace. read the full recipe in advance. I don't do any of the above. I'm impatient and I'm not organized. I bake with whatever ingredients are lying around and I add things along the way that were never a part of the recipe. Sometimes (ok, a lot of times), this ends in disaster, but a lot of the time (YES REALLY), I end up coming up with something that I love and would 200% make again.
This butterscotch cake with chocolate glaze evolved from a haphazard day in the kitchen and multiple recipe books open on the counter, youtube videos playing the background. The recipe looks complex, according to my mum, but after i convinced (read: forced) her to try it, she agreed that it is actually a bunch of simple things put together.
In other news, my life in the kitchen feels like a microcosm (microcosm? microcosm!) for my life as an adult overall - a little haphazard and uncertain but also SO fun and so rewarding. Besides the fact that i’ve gotten locked out of my apartment post 1am, 4 TIMES this past month and the smoke alarm sometimes goes off when i burn my toast - im not a morning person), im really getting better at being an adult. Adulting is wildly unglamorous. But its kinda nice too. It is.. drinking out of champagne glasses instead of solo cups. But also separating your laundry. :)
For the cakes
160 g brown sugar
210 g flour + 1 tsp baking powder + 1 tsp baking soda + pinch of salt
1 tsp vaniilla
1/3 cup cream
200 g unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup ceam
4 egg yolks
130 g sugar
1/3 cup water
300 g unsalted butter
60 g dark chocolate
1/4 cup cream
2 tbsp corn syrup
2 tsp scotch whiskey
Pre-heat your oven to 180 ˚ C.
Line 2 7-inch baking pans with parchment paper
Use a pastry brush to butter the pans and dust with flour.
Measure out all the above ingredients and set aside.
Ensure that the butter is softened and eggs are room temperature.
Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and set aside.
To make the cakes, first cream the brown sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer, for about 3 -4 minutes, till it’s fluffy and lighter in colour.
Add vanilla. Add all 3 eggs, one at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat again.
With the mixer operating at very low speed, add the flour gradually. Let it mix in a little between each addition.
Lastly, add the cream and beat again.
The cake batter should now be a balanced consistency, not too liquid and not too thick.
Divide the batter equally between the two pans and bake at the centre of the oven for about 25 minutes.
Check for doneness : Dip a toothpick into the cake, it should come out clean. Or lightly touch the centre of the cake - it should be soft and should spring back.
When done, take it out of the oven and let it cool on the rack for about 30 - 60 minutes.
Once cakes are completely cool, remove from the pans gently, wrap in cling film and refrigerate.
To make the frosting:
First make the butterscotch sauce - in a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar and heat. Do not stir.
The sugar will melt and slowly begin to caramelise and turn golden.
Swirl the pan around at frequent intervals and ensure that its cooks evenly
Be patient. This will take about 10 - 15 minutes in all. This part also requires careful attention, so don’t go off and do other things.
Let the sugar syrup turn a deep amber colour.
Immediately remove from the pan and very carefully add the cream. The mix will bubble up vigorously.
Use a whisk to mix it in and add a pinch of salt.
stir thoroughly for about 4 - 5minutes until a thick glossy butterscotch sauce is formed.
Set aside to cool
For the buttercream - beat the egg yolks in the bowl of your stand mixture thoroughly until pale in colour.
again, heat sugar and water in a medium saucepan and stir until the sugar dissolves completely.Beat
Let it cook, stirring frequently, using a wooden spoon.
Use a candy thermometer to test the temperature.
When it reaches about 250 ˚, gradually and very carefully pour the sugar syrup into the bowl of the stand mixture. Keep the mixer of low speed and pour the syrup in a steady strream down the side of the bowl. When all the sugar syrup is poured in, increase mixer speed to high and let it whip.
With the mixer still on, add all the butter, one cube at a time. Let the mixture whisk for about 5 - 7 minutes. You should now have light and fluffy buttercream.
With the mixer on medium speed, add in the cooled butterscotch till the butterscotch buttercream is ready
For the chocolate glaze
Gently heat the cream and corn syrup on medium heat until it comes to a simmer
Pour it over the chocolate and whisk. The chocolate will melt from the heat of the cream. Whisk until smooth
add scotch and stir.
Rrefrigerate for about 10 - 15 minutes.
Assembling the cake:
Place one cake on a board and spread a generous layer of buttercream all over the top.
Gently place the 2nd layer of the cake on top. Cover the top and sides of the cake with a thin layer of buttercream.
Refrigerate the cake for about 20 - 30 minutes.
Take the cake out of the fridge and spread another thick layer of buttercream frosting over the top and sides.
Use a small offset spatula to even out the frosting and create a smooth finish.
Refrigerate the cake again for about 20 minutes. A chilled cake will help the glaze to drip smoothly down the sides.
Use a spoon to slowly drip the chocolate glaze on the edges of the cake, letting it drip down the sides.
In the end, spoon the glaze over the centre of the cake and use an offset spatula to gently spread it smoothly across the top.
Decorate the top with sprinkles or leave it plain, like i did!
And it’s ready to serve !