This Momofuku raspberry lemonade cake is amazing with its perfect layers and bold flavors!
Raspberry Lemonade Cake
Vanilla sponge cake
- 225g butter, softened
- 280g white sugar
- 150g eggs
- 125g buttermilk
- 125g vegetable oil
- 5g vanilla extract
- 210g all-purpose flour
- 6g baking powder
- 2g salt
- 150g raspberry puee
- 100g white sugar
- 5g pectin NH
1g citric acid
- 225g cream cheese
- 80g white sugar
- 10g cornstarch
- 25g milk
- 50g egg
- 5g vanilla extract
- 100g egg yolk
- 90g lemon juice
- zest from 2 lemons
- 200g white sugar
- 100g butter
- 45g milk powder A
- 30g all-purpose flour
- 30g cornstarch
- 10g white sugar
- 1g salt
- 70g butter, melted
- 15g milk powder B
- 70g white chocolate, melted and chilled
Vanilla sponge cake
- Preheat your oven to 170C and line a 35x25cm cake pan with baking paper. Place aside until needed.
- Sift the flour with salt and baking powder and place aside.
- Mix the butter with sugar in a bowl for 3 minutes until creamy and pale.
- Add the eggs, one by one, mixing well after each addition.
- While mixing at medium to high speed, slowly pour in the buttermilk, followed by the vegetable oil and vanilla. Make sure to add just a bit at a time or you might break the emulsion. Turn the mixer on high speed and mix for 6-8 minutes until double in volume.
- Fold in the flour then spoon the batter in your prepared pan.
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the cake springs back if pushed slightly on its surface.
- Combine the raspberry sauce with half of the sugar and place on medium heat to warm up.
- Mix the remaining sugar with the pectin then pour it over the puree. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 seconds.
- Remove from heat and add the citric acid. Mix well then cool down in a bowl.
- Line a small baking pan with baking paper or even better, prepare a Silikomart silicone cylinder mould. Set aside.
- Mix the cream cheese with the sugar for 2 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the egg with the cornstarch, milk, salt and vanilla and mix well.
- Slowly pour the egg mix over the cream cheese, mixing well.
- Spoon the cheesecake in the prepared pan then place the pan in a bigger one. Pour hot water in the bigger pan and place in the preheated oven at 350F – 175C for 20 minutes. You don’t need to cook this cheesecake down, the center is supposed to still be jiggly and the sides shouldn’t turn brown at all.
- This cheesecake will be used as a filling cream between the layers of the cake.
- Combine all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl and place over a hot water bath.
- Cook until it begins to thicken, whisking all the time as it cooks to ensure even cooking.
- Remove from the hot water bath and pass through a fine sieve to remove the zest which tends to become bitter in time.
- Cool down completely before using.
- Combine milk powder A, the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix well.
- Drizzle in the melted butter and mix with a fork until clusters of dough form.
- Spread the crumbs on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven at 180C for 10 minutes.
- Allow them to cool in the pan then transfer in a bowl.
- Sprinkle with the remaining milk powder and drizzle with melted chocolate, mixing to coat the crumbs evenly.
Assemble the cake
- Mix the liquid cheesecake with half of the lemon curd. Reserve the remaining curd as you will be using it as well.
- Place an 18cm cake ring on your cake board and line the ring with acetate sheets.
- Cut 2 vanilla cake discs and place aside. Using the leftover cake, form at the bottom of the cake ring the first layer of the cake. It won’t look pretty, but don’t worry as this layer will be well hidden once you assemble the cake.
- Top the cake layer with 1/3 of the raspberry sauce. Spoon 1/3 of the cheesecake mixture over the sauce then spoon dollops of lemon curd on top. What follows is a few fresh raspberries and 1/3 of the milk crumbs. Place one of the vanilla cake discs you cut earlier into the cake ring as well and press it over the bottom layers. Repeat the same steps with raspberry sauce, cheesecake, lemon curd, milk crumbs and fresh raspberries.
- Place in the fridge a few hours, preferably overnight then remove the cake ring and decorate with fresh raspberries.
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