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18 August 2015

Chocolate naked cake with mascarpone cream and fresh berries

What is your first thought when I say "Birthday"? Or "Wedding anniversary"? Presents? Or big party? Maybe surprise? For me it is all in one - a perfect cute cake. On those days I believe, we can create a perfect mood with only one cake, even despite all the problems or anything else that disturbs us at the moment. And I have a prefect recipe. Proven by my own experience. 
As my husband's birthday and wedding anniversary happen to be within 1 week, I decided to dedicate my time once and bake a really perfect cake. Chocolate layers with tender mascarpone cream and seasonal berries will literally make your day. I promise!
Just prepare all the ingredients, one 24 cm round baking form and a mixer. Get ready :)

Ingredients:

For cake:
220 g chocolate (I chose 85% cocoa)
200 g almond flour
150 g sugar
1 banana
9 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayanne pepper
40 g cacao powder
pinch of salt
3 tbsp home-made marmelade (mine was made from different berries)
50 ml water

For cream:
500 g mascarpone
300 ml whipping cream
180 g sugar powder

For decor:
strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or else

Firstly preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Separate in 2 bowls yolks from egg whites. Beat the egg yolks with mashed banana, pinch of salt and half of sugar until light and fluffy. Melt chopped chocolate and add it to the batter. Set aside. 

Beat egg whites with the rest of sugar until stiff peaks. 

Mix dry ingreadients in another bowl: almond flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and cayanne pepper. Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter. Add dry ingredients and gently fold not to ruin the air bubbles. 

Coat 24-cm baking form with butter. Pour the batter into the form and bake the cake 50 minutes. 

Split the cake into 3 layers. Mix water and marmelade and bring them to boil. Brush the top of each layer with the hot marmelade sirup and let them soak for half an hour.

For the cream combine mascarpone, whipping cream and powdered sugar. Whip them thoroughly until stiff peaks. Spread the cream over each layer and on the top of the cake forming nice untouched waves. Wash summer berries/fruits of your choice and decorate the cake from the sides and on top. 

Tip!
The bigger variety of fruits and berries you choose, the more colorful your cake will look. In combination with dark chocolate it will leave you speechless.