Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Easy Raspberry Meringue Cake with Chocolate Ganache


The first time I made a meringue cake was during Passover. Flourless and usually dairy free, well, that is if you serve it with just fruit, meringues make a perfect, usually light dessert which makes them well suited after a heavy, filling meal. In this case, with a ton of chocolate and exquisite raspberry flavored filling, this cake made for a decadent affair. I think everyone kept the secret well. We were all too stuffed to talk!

This cake is something to celebrate. It is easy and fairly quick to make, and even a meringue novice like me met with success. I found this cake over at Sweetapolita and with a simple tweak, I made it my own. With such a big meal and other desserts in addition to this one, I knew I had to scale this a bit smaller. Three layers would have been way to much for our group and meringues are something that need to be eaten fairly quick; though I must say that this held in cake form for three days. I did make the meringues separately and didn't layer them with the filling and ganache until the day of.


I think it is fitting that I give you this recipe on such a happy day. Finally, a new Skye terrier is in our lives and we are thrilled. Maybe not Freddie so much, but I know she will come around. Geordie, who we named after our precious George, has some big paws to fill. I know he will, too because he has been such a joy over these last two days. Truthfully, I should name him Shadow, because that's all he does is shadow me all day long. It was a hard year without George and though I know Geordie will never be his replacement, he does fill a piece of my heart. I loved all the names everyone suggested and I kept a list of about 20 of them, until we finally settled at this. Who knew that naming a puppy could be so hard?


Which is one thing this cake isn't. This cake is not hard to make. May is filled with celebrations. Mother's Day, graduations, prom, bridal showers, dog parties-you name it. May is a great month to bake this cake. Throw some berries on top. Throw them between the layers. Leave out the chocolate. Add more chocolate. Change the flavor. Play with this cake the way I've been playing with this pup. Speaking of pups? Best go track this one down!


Raspberry Meringue Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Serves 8-10
Time To Make:
About 20 minutes to make and 2.5 hours to bake
Adapted from: Sweetapolita

Ingredients:
8 egg whites at room temperature
1 2/3 c sugar
Pinch of salt

12 oz bittersweet chocolate,
chopped
1 1/3 c heavy cream

2/3 c heavy cream
3/4 of a tablespoon sugar
1/3 c Framboise
1 1/4 c mascarpone cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 250 and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using the bottom of an 8" round pan, trace two circles onto paper.

In a very clean mixing bowl and using whisk attachment, beat egg whites and salt until foamy. Add sugar slowly and continue beating until the mixture reaches stiff, glossy peaks.

Spread mixture evenly into circle outlines. Bake for approximately 2.5 hours, or until dry and crisp, rotating pans every 20 minutes. When finished baking, turn off oven and leave pans in oven for another 60 minutes. Make sure meringues are dry all the way through. This may take longer if you are in a high humidity area. These should not brown. Remove from oven and leave on tray to cool. Layers will expand when baked. I stored these in plastic grocery bags tied shut, until ready to use.

To make ganache, place chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat cream in  small sauce pan or microwave and bring just to a boil. When the cream has just begun to boil, remove from heat and pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute and then whisk until smooth. Allow to cool until thick enough to spread.

To make raspberry filling: Use a cold stainless bowl with a whisk attachment and whip the cream with the sugar until thick. Add Framboise and whip again until mixture holds its shape. Place softened mascarpone cream in medium bowl and fold in the whipped cream mixture.

Assembly: Place one meringue round on platter and spread 1/2 of mascarpone cream filling over layer. Then spread 1/2 of ganache over filling. Top with 2nd meringue layer. Then mascarpone filling and the rest of the ganache. Garnish with raspberries. Store cake in refrigerator. Cut using a sharp, non-serrated knife in a gentle sliding manner.

More Decadent Desserts:
Banana Cake with Nutella Frosting
Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

Kadaif or Middle Eastern Cheesecake
Salted Honey Rose Pie



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42 comments:

  1. Aw, Geordie is such a cutie! This is a lovely cake, and the pictures are great -- but we need more Geordie pictures! Which I'm sure will be forthcoming. ;-)

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    1. Awww. Thanks John! Now I have to get used to action shots!

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  2. I love meringues, and this is my kind of cake! I'd make it for any celebration, or no celebration at all.

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    1. You are my kind of girl, Beth! I'm always ready for cake!

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  3. Thanks Beth! They have never been my favorite, but I think I've been quickly reformed. This was so good!

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  4. I've always wanted to make a meringue cake and this one looks so wonderful. I think your new baby will steal your heart away in no time. He is beautiful. I know you'll have a fun weekend chasing him around! Congratulations

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  5. This looks like a wonderful cake, but you know it is that puppy that has stolen my heart. What a sweetheart! Thanks for the wine and the cuddle with him. I just might need a repeat sometime soon.

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  6. The cake or the puppy? I don't know which is more fabulous, but lucky you, you've got them both!

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    1. Thanks Sue! It is like having a new baby. But easier.

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  7. This looks sensational and doesn't look easy at all. A fantastic job, Abbe.

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    1. It is easy, Angie. AND it is sensational!

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  8. This is a great twist on a layer cake. SO beautiful too!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Give it a try sometime!

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  9. ok, for this non-baker the words "meringue, cake, ganache" just don't go with "easy". But I'd easily eat it! :) As I said on Facebook, I don't think I've ever seen a Skye Terrier in real life. Enjoy that little bundle of joy!

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    1. Though we have never met Lea Ann, you are more than welcome to come see him. And this cake is really easy!

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  10. This is such an impressive dessert Abbe...I love all the layers of this cake...thanks for the recipe!
    Enjoy the rest of you week :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana. Impressive. Easy. Good!

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  11. Geordie is one of the coolest cutie little one we have seen,he is so cute..and this cake sings of celebrations,so pretty to look at,would taste amazing with mascarpone,dark chocolate and raspberries together,totally irresistible and beautiful food clicks,thanks so much :-)

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    1. Thanks Kumars! He is a really good little pup, but now I have to watch where I step!

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  12. Damn delicious, lovin tangy raspberry on sweet bites all the way!!!
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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  13. Fabulous! Fabulous! i will come over to your house. please give me a time

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  15. Let's see...puppy/cake, puppy/cake? I'll take the puppy! What a sweetie little guy. Seriously, the cake looks delicious and so pretty. Have a great weekend with your pup!

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    1. He is such a good pup! Pups and cakes go well together Susan!

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  16. It may not be hard to make, but it's hard to present so beautifully. GREG

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    1. Thanks Greg. that is the hard part for me!

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  17. This meringue cake looks lovely and very different! I enjoy your cake stand as well.

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    1. Thanks Amy! I love the cake stand. It was a gift from my parents for our 25th wedding anniversary.

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  18. Aaah...Geordie is so huggable! I wish I had my own Geordie, but I live in a high-rise apartment and they have a strict 'No Pets' rule! -_-

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  19. I am sorry, Abbe. I forgot to add that this is a lovely cake. xo

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  20. Actually, I'm very bad at decorating cake. your cake is fantastic. I want to learn how to make it pretty like yours. Ok I decided to make this afternoon. Thank for sharing!

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  21. This looks sensational and doesn't look easy at all. A fantastic job, Abbe.

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  22. Nice share, I’m really appreciate your post. Thanks.

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  23. I just tried this yummy recipe from your blog and it has come out really yummy!! :)
    This is my first raspberry meringue cake and I am quite happy with the outcome...
    Thanks for sharing this easy recipe :)

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  24. These look delicious! i will have to try it soon. My kids will love these so much. I will try the best. Now I can change my menu regularly for my family, esp. for my kids. Thank you :)

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  25. You said that May is a great month to bake this cake, but I think we can cake bake this cake every time we like because it looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing

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  26. So sweet! I love raspberry very much and your cake make me love it at first sight. Thank you for sharing this, I will try your recipe to make my own cake!

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  27. Very festive and beautifu.thanks for your recipe.

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