Citreus Maximus Wittechocolatum!
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Citreus Maximus Wittechocolatum!

Lemon drizzle cake with a white chocolate whipped cream frosting

Arun Subramanian

Ingredients

8-serving
  1. 175 grams Self rising flour
  2. 175 grams Sugar
  3. 4 Eggs
  4. 175 grams Butter
  5. 50 ml Sour cream
  6. pinch Salt a
  7. 1 tablespoon Lemon zest
  8. 30 ml Lemon juice
  9. 1 tablespoon Sugar
  10. 200 grams chocolate White
  11. 400 grams Whipping cream
  12. to taste Sugar

Method

300 mins
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    Start by lining a 23cm springform pan with baking paper on the bottom and along the sides. Preheat your oven to 180'C or gas mark 5.

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    In a clean bowl, take the butter and sugar for the cake and cream well with a whisk.

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    You are looking for a pale yellow colour and really soft velvety texture.

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    Add in the eggs ONE AT A TIME. Yes, that's right, break one in, whisk well for about 30 seconds to incorporate, break the next one in and so on.

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    If done correctly and not over-whisked, your batter should not curdle. (Mine looks curdled, but trust me, it's just the picture! :P)

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    Add in the sour cream and the lemon zest and whisk it in slowly.

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    Sift in the flour and salt half at a time. Fold the flour in with a spatula. Repeat, once all the flour is incorporated, with the remaining half.

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    Transfer the contents into the baking pan and place in the middle rack of the oven. It should bake for around 40-50 minutes. Check for doneness by inserting a skewer into the middle of the cake. It should come out clean.

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    For the frosting, first take the white chocolate and break into little pieces in a heat-proof bowl. Heat 200 grams of the cream with the sugar in a pan.

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    When the cream comes to a boil, pour over the broken chocolate pieces and leave it aside for 5 minutes.

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    After 5 minutes, start whisking this ganache until a condensed milk-like consistency is achieved. Then cover with cling film (touching the surface of the mixture) and refrigerate preferably for 2-3 hrs.

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    To prepare the frosting, pour in the cold chocolate ganache and the remaining cream into a metal pot. Place the metal pot over a bowl with ice. Whisk with an electric whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Once done, refrigerate this too, preferably overnight.

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    About 5 minutes before your cake will come out of the oven, prepare the lemon syrup by dissolving the sugar in the lemon juice in a pan and heating it over medium heat just until the first fumes appear. It should be watery and not thick.

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    Once your cake is out of the oven, prick it all over its surface with a wooden skewer.

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    Pour the hot syrup over the cake and let the cake then cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.

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    After that, peel off all the baking papers and let the cake cool on a wire rack until room temperature. Remember, this can take 1-2 hours as the inside of the cake is warmer than the outside.

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    Once completely cooled, get hold of a serrated knife and cut the cake into two equal halves. (When eyeballing, measure the height of the cake including the dome)

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    Fill the now ice-cold whipping cream into a piping bag and pipe out a layer of cream over the bottom half of the cake.

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    Once the layer of cream is done, plop over it the top half of the cake and press gently until the cream oozes out from the sides.

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    With that done, use the cream in the piping bag and let your creativity go wild! Once you have done a great job (or you are convinced that you've made a fool of yourself in the piping department like moi) cover the cake and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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