Friday, August 27, 2010

Paradise Cake-Part Two

As promised in yesterday's post, you will find the recipes for the syrup as well as the whipped cream frosting below.  Both of these were also adapted from allrecipes. The whipped cream frosting has held up and not melted at room temperature for an hour.  According to some of the comments, the icing holds up well into the next day.  Since it is so light, it could also be used as a fruit dip for strawberries or peaches.  If using as a dip, you will want to divide the recipe in half or by four. 

Fruit Syrup

1/4 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup of nectar or juice (I used Passion Fruit)
5 tbs of cornstarch
4 tbs of water

Mix the corn syrup sugar and juice in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil and remove from heat.  In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch until dissolved.  Mix cornstarch mixture with sugar/juice mixture.  Let cool.  I put this in the fridge for about 45 min to speed up the cooling process.

Whipped Cream Icing

1 eight oz package reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups of heavy or regular whipping cream

Combine all ingredients except the whipping cream by using a regular or stand mixer.  While the mixer is still running, slowly add the cream.  Continue to whip until stiff peaks form.

Cake Assembly

Take the lime layer of cake and put some icing on the top with a knife.  Then use another knife to put the syrup on the icing, taking care not to go too far to the edge so it will not drip past and down the side of the cake.  Continue with this process adding each layer (orange first and then pink).  Then frost the sides and top of your cake and put the syrup on the top, again being careful about the edges.  Should you want a more decorative cake, try using a 1/2 inch star tip for the border of the top and bottom edge of the cake prior to putting  the syrup on top. 

With A Twist
This is a good chiffon cake recipe and you can change out the fruit/nectar flavor or flavors as you wish.  A few examples are below:
Strawberry and Banana, Margarita Mix, Pineapple and Coconut.  Just plain orange would probably make it like a creamsicle cake.Should you try a variation, let me know how it turns out.