Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tuxedo Cake

This cake is one of my favorite gratifications. I will not tackle it because the recipe is long and involved so I was excited when I found it at one of my favorite specialty stores.
Speaking of cakes, if you make a cake and want to fill the layers, try this professional buttercream used at bakeries (I have the inside scoop now) that is rich yet not overly sweet.

Am I addicted? You’ll catch me eating it out of the bowl before I can even get it on the cake!

Bon Appetit!

Makes about 4 cups (generously frosts a three-layer cake)

• 1 1/2 cups sugar

• 1/4 cup flour

• 1 1/2 cups whole or low-fat milk

• 1/4 cup heavy cream

• 24 tablespoons (3 sticks) unsalted butter, soft but cool, cut into small pieces

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together the sugar and flour in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan.

Add the milk and cream; cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes, whisking, until the mixture starts bubbling and becomes thick.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Beat on high speed until cool.

Reduce the speed to low and add the butter in several increments; beat until thoroughly incorporated. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 5 to 6 minutes, until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.

If the frosting is too soft, transfer the bowl to the refrigerator to chill slightly, then beat again until it is the proper consistency. If the frosting is too firm, place the bowl over a pot of barely bubbling water and beat with a wooden spoon until it is the proper consistency.