Monday, 7 July 2014

Sunflower cake

Ohh delicious! Remains in a constant battle with Gourmet Sensation ;) I have no idea which one is better! Easy to make, will smitten all your guests ;) 
P.S. here is a small secret: as this cake contains sunflower seeds, it is claimed that it is very beneficial for men (prostate).
This particular recipe is my cousin's own :) 
Greetings for you my Dear and thank you for sharing the recipe :)


Sponge cake:
  • 7 egg whites
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 1 glass of sugar
  • 2/3 glass of baking cocoa
  • 2/3 glass of flour

Sunflower frosting, part 1:
  • 200g sunflower seeds (or 100g sunflower seeds + 100g walnuts)
  • 100g of butter
  • 8 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of milk

Sunflower frosting, part 2:
  • 300g of butter
  • 1 tin of fudge

Optional ingredients:
  • 1/3-1/2 glass of vodka

Sponge cake:
  1. Take a rectangular baking pan, put baking paper all over it. Put aside.
  2. Take a bowl, sieve flour and cocoa to that bowl, twice.
  3. Put egg yolks in another bowl and stir/beat, so that they link. Put aside.
  4. Start preheating the oven to 170C.
  5. Take a mixer and its bowl, put egg whites inside and beat on a low rotation for around 2-3 minutes, till the foam appears. At this moment start adding sugar, spoon after spoon. The mixer can work faster right now. Now beat the eggs for additional 8 minutes.
  6. After those 10 minutes or so, while still mixing, keep adding egg yolks, one spoon after another, making sure that the egg yolks linked precisely with egg whites before adding another spoon. 
  7. Turn off the mixer and using a spatula, slowly, gently, in 3 parts, add flour+cocoa to the mixer's bowl.
  8. Pour the dough into previously prepared baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, checking, with a toothpick, if it is ready as it may take a little bit more or less time.*
  9. Take the cake out from the oven and throw on a kitchen's surface.
  10. Cool down.

    * and, as always - if you see that your toothpick is absolutely clean and the cake seems ready - don't hesitate to take it out from the oven. Also, if you know that your oven tends to burn the top of the cake and you can see that your top starts to burn, put foil all over that top, it will prevent it from burning, and keep baking. On the other hand - if your oven tends to burn the bottom - put a baking tray under your baking pan with a cake.

    Sunflower frosting, part 1:

    1. Take a pot, put butter, sunflower seeds and milk inside, boil.
    2. Take a baking paper, put the mixture on it and bake in the oven for 20 minutes in 180C.
    3. After that time, take the sunflower seeds out from the oven, let it cool down and crush into small pieces. 

    Sunflower frosting, part 2:
    1. Take a mixer and its bowl, beat the butter (around 8 minutes). Add fudge, mix again till it links.
    2. Add some sunflower seeds-mixture (part 1), leaving some part of it to sprinkle the top, and mix again.
    3. Here is a moment to add alcohol, if desired. Preferably - add one tablespoon of vodka, taste if it is strong enough for you - if yes, the frosting is ready, if not - keep adding till you feel it is enough.

    1. Distribute the frosting all over the cake, sprinkle with remaining sunflower seeds mixture from part 1.
    2. Store in the fridge, covered.
    3. Bon Appetit! ;)

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