Sunday, November 13, 2011

Heavenly Cake - Golden (Mango) Genoise a mistake I found and a $135 sponge cake :)


This was a fabulous cake that took a bit of work. I had to work myself up to make this. I had bakers block, if there is such a thing. Look down to the buttercream pic to find out the mistake I found. I could not find passion fruit and don't have to much time anymore to go looking for it. I would have definitely enjoyed this with passion fruit. When I find some I think I'll make this cake again (or at least just the curd!)  I love passionfruit! :)

Mis en place:

'Omi Girl' was with me for moral support. 

I already have numerous genoise posts already on this site so I only took a picture of the batter.

Requisite toaster pic. I baked two genoise cakes so the cake would be nice and high and use up all of the buttercream. Rose's buttercream recipes in this book are always enough for two layers.

Mango Puree. I put dole frozen mango chunks in the blender after it defrosted a bit.

The mango curd (pretty fab!)

The white chocolate custard. I guess the white chocolate I had was not the highest quality. It seemed to curdle and would not mix well with the melted butter. I did finally melt in to the egg though...

The buttercream. O.K. Here is the mistake I found. The recipe calls for 6 oz of cream cheese which should be 170g. However, 6 ounces was only 123g and the 170g was for the full 8oz package! I know it is not a big mistake but I feel pretty good for having spotted it! :) I get the feeling though that Rose has not been following our posts and will probably miss this. Oh well.



Ready for the swirl!

I enlisted my wife's help to do the final swirl as my attempts were not very good...

Ta da! Or as my little girl says, "da la!"

I have been making Bert Green's Special Sponge cake from the Cake Bible every Friday recently for the holy sabbath. After the Sukot Holiday I had my Etrog (citron) left over. This year I payed $125 for it. It is used in the holiday prayer service. Everyone wants a nice one without booboos so the prices are quite high. Mine was from Calabria Italy.

This is what it looks like on the inside: As you can see it ain't no lemon! At any rate I used the juice (it only gives very little and zest for the sponge cake.

We love Burt Green's sponge cake! :)

Here are some challahs I made.


  1. $125? Ouch!

    Great catch on the typo - I found a small one in the cake bible the other day (in the text of a recipe, not the ingredient list). I know the feeling - kind of cool.

    Omi Girl is a cutie!

  2. Wow to the Citron price. I wonder if I could grow them and post them around the world?

    I love the idea of a mango topping to this genoise. I might try that sometime. And I love, love the look of those challas.

    Your baby is looking gorgeously cute - holding her head up and looking so alert! Hugs, little one.

  3. Good detective work - grams and ounces. Your cake is making my mouth water and the challah looks really good too!

  4. ב''ה

    ButteryYum: Thanks for visiting. :)

    Melissa: You could try to grow the citrons and sell them but they can not be grafted, which is actually hard to do, and you would have to get a rabbinic kosher certificate for them. In addition, you would have to know where to sell them. Thanks for your kind words.

    Lois: Thanks!

  5. i think your mango swirl looks lovely. in fact, a mango curd sounds so good! i still have that cake left to bake so if i can't find passionfruit i'm totally copying you and doing a mango version.

    a $135 sponge cake! that has got to be the most expensive sponge cake ever. good thing it was delicious.

  6. Congrats on being this week's FB!! Look at you, you busy bee. Cake AND 4 loaves of Challah. And your baby looks super adorable. He's so big already. Time flies. It's like only yesterday that you told us about his birth!

  7. the mango curd really looks nice, its quite hard to find mango here in russia, and i would really love to make any cakes with fruits.. however, given that its freezing over here, its quite hard to find fresh fruit at the market.. :)

  8. ב''ה

    Thank you Dr. Best of luck finding nice fruit. The mango curd was nice. :)