Thursday, April 23, 2015

Greenstein's Bakery - Baking Bible - The Polish Princess


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.

Moral support.

Before the yolks.

 Cake batter ready.

 Toaster shot.

 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.

 Vodka soggy...

 Starting the pastry-cream.

 Its lovely.

 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.


  1. Hi Mendy: I was so tempted to unmold that cake early, but managed to wait. I omitted the raisins and could have done without the vodka and tea, since I couldn't taste either of them once it was all together anyway! I did love that pastry cream, though, I licked that bowl clean! You're right, the cake was delicious, perhaps make it alone next time and forget all the fancy stuff--you might like it better! LOVE your moral support group photo!

  2. I like Michele's idea about taking all the parts of the cake that you liked the best and somehow putting them together to make it your own. I agree with you about the raisins--it was just a puzzle to me why they were there.
    Did your moral supporters like the cake, or any part thereof?

  3. I'm sorry to hear that you didn't like it. I'm surprised to see the pastry buttercream didn't set esp. when it had so much butter in it. Yes, the pastry cream itself is delicious too!

  4. It took a while for the layers to set, much longer than expected. After all your hard work, too. This is the time for throwing such a temperamental cake into a trifle bowl and renaming such a stubborn princess! Making the custard was definitely the best part. And how nice of Rose to include so much stirring for extra spoon tastings. Looks like you have your own little prince and princess who are definitely much cuter!