Sunday, 19 February 2012

My childhood's cake

Another traditional Portuguese recipe with Marie biscuits. And another very rich least so it says my Danish boyfriend with his highly sensitive palate! Go figure. I chose to make 2 little cakes instead of a big one, but still ended up eating them both. I have to say I didn´t really mind.

This was THE children's birthday parties cake in my family. We all loved it, it´s very, oh so very, easy and quick to make (although it needs 4h in the fridge) and you can shape it as you like. My mother used to make it in a rectangular shape, more or less 6 centimetres high, and then put whatever little toys or candy we preferred on top... everything from the Smurfs to The Gummy Bears (and those were actually gummy bears for our delight). But the masterpiece involved sugar swans in a small pond of green jelly excavated in the cake, a tiny cottage made of waffle biscuits and trees made of lollipops...pure imagination!  

+- 500g of Marie biscuits (Rich tea biscuits), if you get them squared shaped instead of round it´s easier to build the cake

250g butter
200g powdered sugar
2 egg yolks

3 mugs of strong coffee with a bit of sugar

For the cream mix the butter and the sugar until it gets a creamy texture and slightly white. Add the yolks and mix it all for 5 to 7 min. 
Dip the biscuits in the coffee (warm) and set a layer on a plate/tray. Let it cool down and put a layer of cream on top of the biscuits. If the room is too warm, or the biscuits are to warm the cream will melt and make it more difficult to set the layers. Keep adding alternated layers of biscuits and cream until you have the hight and shape you wish. Remember to reserve enough cream to cover the entire cake in the end. Needs to be in the fridge for 4h for the cream to solidify. Some people sprinkle crushed biscuits on top to finish it. 

all photos by me

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