On March 8th in Italy, La Festa delle Donne or International Women's Day is celebrated by giving bouquets of bright yellow mimosas to mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters and female friends.
In following with this tradition, mimosa cakes are also baked on this day and can be found in bakeries throughout Italy.
The varieties are endless and include several variations of fruit and alcohol ingredients, but one of our favorites is that of Academia Barilla, adapted for you below. Enjoy!
For the sponge cake:
• 2 ½ oz all-purpose flour
• 2 ½ oz potato starch
• 5 oz sugar
• 6 eggs
For the Chantilly cream:
• 2 cups milk
• 2 eggs
• 2 egg yolks
• 3 ½ oz sugar
• 1 oz all-purpose flour
• Lemon zest
• ½ stick vanilla
• 7 oz heavy cream
• 1 ¾ oz confectioners sugar
For the syrup:
• 1 cup water
• ½ cup Kirsch (dry cherry liqueur)
• 3 oz sugar
To make the sponge cake, whisk the eggs and sugar in a mixer until firm. Then gently add in, little by little, the flour and potato starch, sieved together. Once the mixture is smooth, pour it into 2 buttered and floured cake tins; then bake at 325° F for 45 minutes. Once cooked, allow the sponge cakes to cool.
While the sponge is in the oven, make the Chantilly cream by mixing the whipped cream with confectioner’s custard. (See below on how to make the confectioner’s custard.) Whip the cream with the powdered sugar, then put it in the refrigerator.
Make the confectioner’s custard as follows. Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise, scrape out the seeds and put them in a bowl. Using a potato peeler, take the zest off a lemon, being careful not to take any of the white part underneath. In a pot, bring the milk to the boil with the vanilla seeds and the lemon zest. As soon as the milk starts boiling, remove from heat. In a bowl, whisk the eggs and yolks with the sugar. Add the flour, previously sieved, and mix well. Once the mixture is smooth, dilute it with a bit of warm milk, stirring while adding. Pour the remaining milk through a sieve to remove the lemon zest. Put the mixture back over the heat and cook over a low heat for 5 - 10 minutes stirring continuously, allowing it to boil for 2 – 3 minutes. Remove the custard from the heat and allow it to cool. Once the confectioner’s custard is cold, add it to the whipped cream.
To make the syrup (used to soak the sponge), bring to boil a mixture of water and sugar so that the sugar dissolves. Once dissolved, remove from heat and add some Kirsch.
When all the ingredients are ready, assemble the cake as described below:
Cut one sponge into horizontal layers about 0.4 inches thick.
Line a glass bowl about 8 inches in diameter with bands of baking paper. Arrange a layer of sponge on the bottom of the bowl.
Using a small brush soak the sponge with the Kirsch syrup.
Spread a layer of Chantilly cream on top of the sponge and cover with another slice of sponge. Repeat the operation for 3 sponge layers. Then, put the cake in the refrigerator and allow it to rest for 30 minutes or so.
Cut the second sponge into dices 0.2 - 0.4 inches in siz
Turn out the cake onto a plate.
Coat the outside of the cake with the remaining cream.
Spread the sponge dices over the top of the cake to cover the entire cake.
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See also zuppa inglese recipe
thanks a lot @ Katie White for helping us with this article