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Cappuccino Cake

by Adina 31/10/2020 2 comments

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Last Updated on 31/10/2020 by Adina

An amazingly moist cappuccino cake with whiskey, filled with luscious cream cheese and whipped cream filling.

Cappuccino Whiskey Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

This cappuccino cake is a grown-up cake with quite a bit of whiskey and coffee in it, so moist and delicious, so different in taste from your normal cake, really something special.

I do like making elaborate, festive cakes, you will find quite a few of them on the blog, cakes or tortes like this Dobos Torte or this fresh and Lemon or Lime Buttermilk Torte, they are really two of my favorite cakes.

I have made this a couple of weeks ago for my brother-in-law’s birthday and we all loved it. The only drawback was that I had to bake an extra cake for the kids.

My husband ate 3 slices on the birthday afternoon and the remaining 3 slices in one go the next evening at 10 o’clock!!! Well, he loves cappuccino and whiskey, so this cake was really his thing.

Cappuccino Whiskey Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Ingredients

Cake base:

  • For the base I used an old and trusted recipe, I must have baked this at least 100 times during the past 10 years. It is easy to mix, it tastes great and it always turns out perfectly.
  • You will need flour (I use cake flour, but all-purpose is fine as well), cornstarch, baking powder, sugar, and eggs.

Filling:

  • Whiskey – I had Tullamore Dew, but any other good whiskey is fine.
  • Instant cappuccino powder, the classic kind.
  • Two gelatin sheets.
  • Egg yolks, sugar, cream cheese and heavy/double cream for whipping.

Soaking:

  • More whiskey
  • Brewed strong coffee or espresso

Decoration:

  • Heavy/double cream
  • Chocolate coffee beans, as many as you have cake slices
  • Some cappuccino powder to sprinkle over the cake
  • Chocolate shavings for the sides of the cake
Cappuccino Whiskey Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

How to make a cappuccino cake?

Making the cappuccino cake involves several steps, you will need some time, attention, and patience in order to make it properly. Work methodically, step by step.

Best tip: Use a digital kitchen scale for measuring the ingredients!

Step 1:

  • Make the batter for the cake. Bake in a springform of about 20 cm/ 8 inches. Remove from the tin and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  • You can make the cake a day in advance. Let cool completely, wrap well in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and leave on the counter until ready to fill.
  • Tip: only grease and line the bottom of the springform, not the sides.

Step 2:

  • Prepare the egg yolk mixture for the filling au bain-marie.
  • Place the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl and the bowl on top of a pot filled with water. Make sure that the water doesn’t touch the bowl at all.
  • Heat gently and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens slightly, it will take about 10-13 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the cappuccino powder. Let cool completely.
  • When the egg mixture has reached room temperature, add the cream cheese to it and incorporate, the mixture should be smooth.
  • Tips: really whisk continuously or the mixture will curdle. If the water gets too hot, remove the pot from the heat but continue whisking. Once the water has cooled down again, return it to the heat. NEVER let the water start to boil!

Step 3:

  • Make the filling with the gelatin.
  • Bloom the gelatin according to the packet’s instructions.
  • Place the soaked and lightly squeezed sheets in a pot large enough to hold all the filling. The pot should be rather high and narrow, don’t use a wide pot.
  • Dissolve while stirring continuously with a spoon, it will take seconds. Remove from the heat immediately.
  • Incorporate the cream cheese-cappuccino mixture one tablespoon at a time.
  • Tips: never let the gelatin start to simmer or bubble, it will be ruined. If it happens, discard it and start again. Only add the cream cheese mixture one tablespoon at a time and incorporate completely before adding the next tablespoon. After adding about half of the mixture in this manner, you can start adding about 2-3 tablespoons mixture at a time.
  • Place the mixture in the fridge until it only begins to set.
  • In the meantime, whip the cream.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and add more whiskey to taste.
  • Tip: for a stronger whiskey flavor I added 3 more tablespoons.
Cappuccino Whiskey Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Step 4:

  • Make the soaking mixture by mixing cooled strong coffee or espresso with the rest of the ingredients.

Step 5:

  • Assemble.
  • Slice the cake into 3 slices.
  • Cut one sheet of baking paper in two in the middle. Place the baking paper halves, slightly overlapping in the middle, on the cake platter. This will allow you to decorate the cake with whipped cream directly on the platter without making the platter dirty. When you are finished with decorating, carefully pull away the baking paper from underneath the cake.
  • Soak with some of the coffee mixture.
  • Spread half of the filling on top, add the second slice, soak it as well, and spread the remaining filling on top. Cover with the last cake slice, which will not be soaked anymore.
  • Tip: I use almost all the coffee mixture for soaking the cake and the result is really moist and delicious. If you like a less moist cake, use a little less of the soaking liquid.

Step 6:

  • Decorate.
  • Whip the heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Place about 3 tablespoons of in a piping bag fitted with a nice nozzle. Set aside.
  • Spread the remaining cream over the cappuccino cake and smooth nicely.
  • Mark the cake slices on the top of the cake, 12 to 16 slices, depending on how large you want them.
  • Pipe the remaining whipped cream on top of the cake and decorate with the chocolate coffee beans, if using them.
  • Sprinkle the top of the cake with some instant cappuccino powder and the sides of the cake with dark chocolate shavings.
  • Place in the fridge until ready to serve.
Cappuccino Whiskey Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Other festive cakes or tortes:

Fruit and Custard Charlotte – Romanian Diplomat Torte
Easy Puff Pastry Cake with Berries
Caramelized Walnut Buttercream Cake
Caramelized Walnut Cake
cappuccino cake with whiskey on a glass platter

Cappuccino Cake

Yield: 12-16
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

An amazingly moist cappuccino cake with whiskey, filled with luscious cream cheese and whipped cream filling.

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ ¾ cup sugar
  • 90 g/ 3.2 oz/ ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 30 g/ 1 oz/ ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Filling:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons whiskey + a few tablespoons more for a stronger whiskey taste (I had Tullamore Dew)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 teaspoons instant cappuccino (classic kind)
  • 2 sheets gelatin
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz/ 2/3 cup cream cheese
  • 300 ml/ 10 fl.oz/ 1 ¼ cup heavy/whipping cream
  • Soaking mixture:
  • 75 ml/ 2.5 fl.oz/ 1/3 cup strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons whiskey
  • Decoration:
  • 150 ml/ 5 fl.oz/ 2/3 cup heavy/double cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • chocolate coffee beans, optional (one for each slice of cake)
  • 1 teaspoon instant cappuccino
  • dark chocolate shavings

Instructions

Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line the base of a 20 cm/ ca 8-inch springform with baking paper. Don't line or butter the sides of the form.
  2. Separate the eggs.
  3. Beat the egg whites and the warm water until stiff peaks start to form. Slowly and gradually add the sugar while beating all the time until the egg whites are stiff and glossy.
  4. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a small bowl with a fork. Add them to the egg whites and incorporate them very carefully.
  5. In another bowl mix together the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Sieve them over the egg mixture and incorporate carefully using a silicone spatula or a larger spoon.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared springform and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until golden. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake should come out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from the springform and let cool completely on a wire rack.



Filling:

  1. Place the egg yolks, whiskey, sugar into a heat-proof bowl, and beat on bain-marie for about 10-13 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. You will have to stand by and whisk continuously.
  2. Make sure that the water doesn't start to boil at any time, if it does it will ruin your mixture. If the water starts to simmer, remove from the heat, continue whisking, and only return to the heat when the water has cooled down a bit, so it will not simmer anymore.
  3. When the mixture has thickened slightly, remove it from the heat and mix in the instant cappuccino powder. Leave to cool completely.
  4. When the egg mixture has reached room temperature, add the cream cheese to it and incorporate, the mixture should be smooth.
  5. Place the gelatin sheets in a bowl and cover them with cold water. Let bloom according to the packet's instructions, 10 minutes in my case.
  6. When the gelatin has bloomed, place it in a saucepan (large enough to hold the entire egg-cream cheese mixture + the whipped cream at the end). Place the saucepan on the lowest heat possible and start dissolving it while stirring continuously with a spoon. This is a matter of seconds, do not let the gelatin overheat or start boiling. Just stir for 10-15 seconds or until it becomes liquid without starting to simmer.
  7. Add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to the dissolved gelatin and stir vigorously and thoroughly until completely incorporated. Add another tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture and stir again until incorporated. Proceed in the same matter until about half of the cream cheese mixture is incorporated. After that, you can start adding 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture at a time without any risks of getting a clumpy filling.
  8. When all the cream cheese mixture is incorporated place the saucepan in the fridge and let the filling stand until it starts to thicken. It should only START to thicken and not become stiff already.
  9. In the meantime beat the heavy or whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  10. Check the cream cheese mixture after about 5 minutes or so and if it has started to thicken, carefully fold in the whipped cream. Taste the mixture and add more whiskey if you want a stronger whiskey taste. I did add about 3 tablespoons more.



Soaking mixture:

Brew a strong coffee or espresso. Let cool and mix with vanilla extract, sugar, and whiskey.


Assemble:

  1. Slice the cake into 3 slices (Note).
  2. Place one slice of the cake on the serving platter. Soak it with about half the whiskey-coffee mixture. Use a bit less liquid for a less moist cake, it is a matter of taste, but we loved it really moist in this case. Spread half of the cream cheese filling on top.
  3. Place the second slice of cake on top and soak it with the whiskey-coffee mixture. Spread the remaining filling on top and cover with the last cake slice.
  4. Let set in the refrigerator for several hours, ideally overnight.



Decorate:

  1. Beat the heavy cream with sugar and vanilla extract until stiff.
  2. Place 2-3 tablespoons of the whipped cream in a piping bag.
  3. Use the rest of the whipped cream to generously and smoothly cover the cake.
  4. Mark the cake slices on the top of the cake, 12 to 16 slices, depending on how large you want them.
  5. Pipe the remaining whipped cream on top of the cake and decorate with the chocolate coffee beans, if using them. Sprinkle the top of the cake with some instant cappuccino powder and the sides of the cake with dark chocolate shavings.
  6. Place in the fridge until ready to serve.

Notes

Cut one sheet of baking paper in two in the middle. Place the baking paper halves, slightly overlapping in the middle, on the cake platter. This will allow you to decorate the cake with whipped cream directly on the platter without making the platter dirty. When you are finished with decorating, carefully pull away the baking paper from underneath the cake.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 14 Serving Size: 1 slice from 14
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 98mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 5g

Nutritional information is not always accurate.

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Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness 11/12/2017 - 04:48

You have basically mixed all of my favourite things into a cake. Love this!!

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Anca 11/12/2017 - 15:26

Looks amazing. I love boozy cakes, they have a stronger flavour and I do like that a lot. Fab cake.

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