My first attempt of making a naked cake and it turned out very, very pink! I've always wanted to recreate this cake and this week seemed to be an appropriate week for a pink cake (*hint: Valentine's Day is this Sunday).
I've made this cake with the original fruit, which was strawberry, back when I just starting to blog. Everything was so new and I was still in the process of learning how to bake and how to style my food so it would look good presentation wise. In fact, I found the photo, which inspired me to make it again. Here it is:
That photo was an embarrassment to my existence! I don't know why I missed so many no-no's with food back then but I guess somewhere, sometime, I had to learn, right. It was taken by a small Sony digital camera that ceased to function a few years ago, and it was my first digital camera. Anyway, I honestly couldn't remember how the cake tasted at the time so by making it again I hope I can reacquaint my love for the cake.
It is basically a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting with the addition of strawberry preserves and decorated simply with fresh strawberries. This time around, it is raspberry preserves with fresh raspberries and I swapped semisweet baking chocolate with a bittersweet one. I did take out some of the sugar measurement out from the icing because I thought 2 cups was going to be too sweet for my taste. And I was glad I did. The raspberry preserves is a homemade one because my preserves is the best 😝. I decorated the cake with simple decoration of frosting and fruit because I like this look the best with a naked cake. In the end, I fell in love with the cake again!
Pretty in Pink Cake
Schnappy Chocolate Cake
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
2 ounces (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-ounce pieces
3/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 3 teaspoons
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon Wilderberry schnapps
Pretty in Pink Icing
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-ounce pieces
6 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1-ounce pieces
1/2 cup raspberry preserves
4 to 5 drops red food color
Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly coat the insides of three 6 x 2-inch aluminum cake pans, using the melted butter. Flour the insides of each pan with 1 teaspoon flour. Shake out and discard the excess flour. Set aside until needed.
Melt the chopped chocolate and the 2 ounces butter in the top half of a double boiler, or in a small glass bowl in a microwave oven and stir until smooth.
In a sifter combine the 3/4 cup flour, the cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Sift onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper and set aside.
Place the granulated sugar and the eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes until the mixture is frothy and slightly thickened. Add the chocolate and butter mixture and mix on medium to combine, about 15 seconds. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Operate the mixer on low while gradually adding the dry ingredients; mix until incorporated, about 45 seconds. Add the schnapps and mix on low for 10 seconds. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a rubber spatula to finish mixing the ingredients until thoroughly combined. Immediately divide the cake batter among the prepared pans (about 2/3 cup of batter in each pan) and spread evenly (the batter is very thick, so this will take a bit of spreading).
Bake on the center rack of the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake layers comes out clean, 15 to 16 minutes (do not overbake). Remove the cake layers from the oven and cool in the pans for 15 minutes at room temperature. Invert the cake layers onto cake circles or cake plates, then immediately turn the cake layers side up again.
Make the icing: Sift the confectioners' sugar onto a large piece of parchment or wax paper. Set aside.
Place the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Mix on low speed for 1 minutes, increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until soft. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Beat on medium for another 2 minutes. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on lowest speed to combine, about 1 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Now beat on medium for 10 seconds. Transfer the butter and sugar mixture to a small bowl.
Place the cream cheese in the same bowl. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until soft. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Beat on medium for another 2 minutes until very soft. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Add the raspberry preserves and beat on medium for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the butter and sugar mixture and beat on medium for 10 seconds. Add the food color and beat for 15 seconds.
Assemble the cake: Use a cake spatula to spread 3/4 cup of icing evenly and smoothly over the top and to the edges of the 2 cake layers. Stack the iced layers, then top with the remaining cake layer. Gently press the layers into place. Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake using a combination of spatula and bench scraper. Wipe excess frosting back into the bowl. The cake is essentially getting a crumb coating so it will look naked. If you want to make dollops of frosting on top of the cake, use a 1/2" plain tip and a French tip like I did.
Refrigerate the cake before cutting and serving.
Source: adapted from Celebrate with Chocolate by Marcel Desaulniers