For Coffee Lovers Only!
I decided to do a decorative scalloped edging on sides with a large star tip and some chocolate drizzle decorations and a little sifted cocoa. It is one of my favorite ways to decorate a cake. It is very forgiving if you are one of those people who can't seem to get a smooth cake. I fit the bill on that one! It is quite impressive and would make a wonderful Birthday Cake for a friend.
The cake base is a yellow, sour cream cake, drenched in sweet, espresso coffee syrup, mascarpone cheese and a whole egg, butter cream filling with mascarpone cheese, more coffee and chocolate. This is a sophisticated cake and meant for an adult pallet. I have to say it reminds me of cakes I had in Europe, and I am sure that is where it originated from. Very Italian indeed!
A wonderful ending for an Italian dinner party.
1 cup strong espresso
1/2 cup sugar
3 T. Kahlua
Bring coffee, sugar and Kahlua to a quick boil to dissolve sugar and remove from heat.
Butter Cream Frosting5 sticks softened unsalted butter
1 cup powder sugar
1/4 cup melted semi sweet chocolate
1 T. instant espresso dissolved in 2 tsp water
2 T. Kahlua
Bring sugar and water to a boil in sauce pot and wash down sides of sauce pot with pastry brush and water to retard crystallization of sugar. Whip eggs in stand mixer until lighter in color. Continue to beat while sugar water is boiling. Bring to soft stage using a candy thermometer. When the sugar is just right slowly pour into the eggs being whipped with the mixer on. Please be careful, you can get burned. You must pay attention. No children should be in the area at this time. After all the sugar water is incorporated into egg mixture, you must continue to beat for about 15 minutes until the egg sugar mixture is completely cool. Add soften butter, melted chocolate, dissolved instant espresso coffee and Kahlua. You can stabilize this butter cream by adding 1 cup powder sugar. Whip until incorporated.
For the Filling take 1 1/2 cups Butter Cream add 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese to filling and beat until incorporated with whisk.