I had high expectations for this cake. I made it over three work nights. It was a lot of work for tired evenings and frankly, I'm a bit disappointed with the end result when the parts were all put together. I would have enjoyed it much more had it been the obviously fabulous sponge cake on its own with a big dollop of the delicious pastry cream on the side.
Mis en place.
Before the yolks.
Cake batter ready.
Decided to soak the raisins in the vodka. Honestly it did not help. I still did not enjoy them in the cake.
Baked sponge cake and toasted walnuts.
I do want to make this cake again. Non vodka-soggy.
Starting the pastry-cream.
I like this plastic wrap trick. I so want to just eat this with a spoon.
Butter was too cold. I wish it would say "bring to room temp" instead of some number that make my eyes glaze-over.
I thought this part was going to be great...
I rushed the last part since I was trying to get it in before the mid-week round up. No such luck.
The layers did not set properly and now I'm left with a big messy cake that does not taste as good as I thought it would.
When I took the spring pan off early. Honestly, the next day it was still just as drippy.