French Vanilla Butter Cake With Raspberry Filling Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Bittersweet Ganache

Ingredients

Cake
3 cups flour
1/4 cup rice flour (or cornstarch)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cultured unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
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Vanilla-Raspberry Filling
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup meringue powder
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups shortening, softened
2 tablespoons raspberry puree or seedless raspberry jam
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
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1/4 teaspoon salt
cup meringue powder
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup cultured unsalted butter, softened
1 cup shortening, softened
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Ganache
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon shortening

Preparation

1
Cake
2
Preheat oven to 350F, grease a 10" springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
3
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4
In a large bowl, cream together butter and vanilla sugar until fluffy.
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Add egg yolks, honey and vanilla, beating well.
6
In a cup or small bowl, stir together buttermilk and yogurt until smooth.
7
Beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, alternate additions of flour and buttermilk mixtures, beating well after each one.
8
With clean beaters, whip egg whites until soft peaks, fold into the batter.
9
Pour into the prepared pan.
10
Bake on the lowest rack of the oven, covering with foil halfway through, 55-60 minutes, until it tests done.
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Cool in the pan 1 hour, then refrigerate a minimum of 1 hour before unmoulding.
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Filling
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Dissolve the sugar and salt in the boiling water. Cool to room temperature.
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Add the meringue powder and use a mixer to beat on slow speed until the powder is dissolved and the mixture is foamy.
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Increase the speed and beat 3-4 minutes longer.
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Beat in the vanilla followed by the icing sugar.
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Add the butter and shortening a few tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the puree and lemon juice.
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Chill 30 minutes before use.
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Buttercream Frosting
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Dissolve the sugar and salt in the boiling water. Cool to room temperature.
21
Add the meringue powder and use a mixer to beat on slow speed until the powder is dissolved and the mixture is foamy.
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Increase the speed and beat 3-4 minutes longer.
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Beat in the vanilla followed by the icing sugar.
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Add the butter and shortening a few tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until mixture is thick, creamy and fluffy.
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Chill 30 minutes before use.
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Ganache
27
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, melt together chocolate, cream and shortening until smooth.
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Remove from heat and allow to cool 10 minutes. Gently re-warm if necessary for even spreading.
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Assembly
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Level the top of the well-chilled cake and slice horizontally into three even layers.
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Place bottom layer on a cake round.
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With an offset spatula or palette knife, spread ½ of the Vanilla-Raspberry Filling in an even layer over the bottom round and top with the second layer.
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Spread second layer with remaining ½ of the filling and place the final layer on top.
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Using some of the remaining frosting, apply a thin “crumb coat” over the entire outside of the cake.
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Finish covering the top and sides of cake with the remaining frosting, making it as smooth as possible.
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Freeze 30 minutes.
38
Pour ganache gently onto the centre of the top of the cake and spread to form “drips” or a “shadow” effect down the sides.
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Allow cake to set at room temperature, then keep in the refrigerator until 30-45 minutes before serving.

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Dr. Len Schwartz's picture

looks amazing!
To Your Success,

Dr. Len Schwartz
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Like all good things, this baby takes time. The raspberry puree has to cook and chill, the cake needed to bake and chill, the buttercream and filling needed to be made and chilled, and then you had the assembly! Level, slice, fill, crumb coat, chill. Frost, freeze. Make ganache, pour over, let set. Refrigerate until very firm. Decorate, and yes, chill. It's a two-day deal, but oh man is it worth it!! The cultured butter and buttermilk, as well as the reduction in sugar I made to the recipe and some awesome vanilla extract, really made it special. Not a single negative comment came floating our way, and the empty plates certainly spoke for themselves!

Yield:

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March 15, 2011

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