Raspberry Rose and Lychee Cake

Raspberry Rose and Lychee Cake - A Parisian Journey

When it comes to baking, sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to master. Take cakes for example. While baking a humble loaf cake may seem easy as pie (which, trust me, is not so easy), it’s actually a challenge to perfect. Under-bake and you’ll have dense mess, over-bake and it’ll be dry as – well, you can use your imagination here. Add fruit and you’re really asking for problems.

This year, I’ve been dedicating a fair amount of time to perfecting the basics, starting with this Raspberry, Rose and Lychee Cake. I tried several recipes before turning to the master of cakes, Pierre Hermé. His recipes always tend to turn out perfectly and this one was no exception. I did however adapt the recipe slightly to include lychees and I adjusted the quantity of rose water and raspberries. The result was seriously delicious. I also covered my cake in a white chocolate and praline glaze, just to make it a little extra gourmand, however, this step is optional.

Raspberry Rose and Lychee Cake - A Parisian Journey
Raspberry Rose and Lychee Cake - A Parisian Journey
Raspberry Rose and Lychee Cake - A Parisian Journey

Raspberry Rose and Lychee Cake

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Servings: 8
Author: A Parisian Journey

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 170 g of almond meal
  • 165 g of icing sugar
  • 80 g of flour
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 25 g of milk
  • 2 tbsp. of rose water
  • A drop of pink food colouring
  • 165 g of butter at room temperature
  • 60 g of egg yolk
  • ½ a whole egg
  • 90 g of eggwhite
  • 35 g of caster sugar
  • 100 g of raspberries
  • 6 lychees peeled and pitted

For the chocolate glaze

  • 360 g of white chocolate
  • 40 g of vegetable oil such as sunflower oil
  • 120 g of praline

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°C and grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  • In a jug, mix together the milk, rose water and colourant.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, almond meal and icing sugar into a large bowl. Add the butter and beat until pale and creamy. Add the egg yolk, whole egg and milk. Whisk again until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggwhites. When they start to become foamy, add the sugar a little at a time while continuing to beat. Once stiff peaks have formed use a spatula to gently fold it into the previously prepared cake mix.
  • Add 1/3 of the cake mixture to the loaf tin. Scatter with half the raspberries and lychees then cover with 1/3 more cake mix. Add the rest of the fruit and cover with the remaining cake mix.
  • Place in the oven and immediately reduce the oven temperature to 150°C. Bake for 1H30. Allow to cool completely in the fridge before applying the glaze.
  • To make the chocolate praline glaze, gently melt the chocolate in a microwave or bain-marie. It’s important that the temperature of the melted chocolate does not exceed 45°C. Add the colourant and oil and whisk until smooth and glossy, then add the praline.
  • Cover your bench in foil or plastic wrap and place a cake cooling grill on top. Place the cake on the grill and pour over the glaze. Allow the glaze to drip for several minutes before transferring the cake to a plate. Place the cake in the fridge until the glaze hardens.
  • The cake can be stored in the fridge for several days.

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  • Jea
    April 26, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Do you have a recipe for the praline?

    • Chelsea Wilson (Le Meilleur Pâtissier)
      April 28, 2020 at 5:32 pm

      I don’t sorry. I just buy it from the supermarket (it’s in the baking section). If you can’t find some, you can use chopped nuts instead.