Monday, July 16, 2012

Baking Recipe: Passion Swirl Cake (Yellow Buttercake + Passion Fruit White Chocolate Ganache + Lemon Italian Meringue Buttercream)

The past weeks has been hectic, and I know I have been missing in action, abandoning my poor blog. There has been some challenges at work, and I am sure I will get through it. However, I wouldn't want to bore you with my other daily life. Instead, this month is a really special month. Exactly one year ago, I introduced little Miss A aka Miss Buttons to all of you on my blog. If you recalled my Amanda's Pink Rainbow Cake, that's when I first introduced her to my blog. Can you imagine a year has gone by swiftly?
Miss A is now 1 years old. I feel really lucky as an Aunt that I get to see her grow into her clothes and shoes. I still recalled when I baked her cake last year, it made Foodbuzz's Top 9, and I was thrilled as so many of you came over to buzz me and left me with heaps of sweet comments. Not a day goes by that I don't think of your support. In fact, all of your support puts a smile on my face and seriously turns any bad day to a wonderful day.
So this year, it's a challenge. I had to think of a cake to top my previous cake that I baked a year ago. The frosting colour of the overall cake, is inspired by several resources. From Sweeetapolita's Pastel Swirl Cake, to India Tree "Monet" sprinkles and Rottencupcakes "Tonal Tuesday-Indestructible". I bought the sprinkles a while ago and had been saving it for a special occasion. I knew the sprinkles would be perfect and it inspired the main colour theme (lilac, sky blue and pink) on the cake. Plus I made her a figure 1 out of fondant, painted with food colouring and sprinkled luster dust all over for the disco glitter effect.
For the little one, my Passion Fruit & White Chocolate Ganache Yellow Butter cake with Lemon Italian Meringue Butter cream frosting has to resemble something sweet, memorable, and the colours of Parisian chic. I have tried and tested the yellow butter cake recipe several times, and it's perfect. Slightly dense, light and moist. The cake is a 4 layer 7-inches cake, where both layers are frosted with a really simple to make Passion Fruit White Chocolate Ganache and frosted with Lemon Italian Meringue Butter cream frosting to balance all the sweetness. The end result; will be a slightly sweet and tart cake, which definitely will have you asking for another slice. And I am sure you will or want to lick the frosting off your spatula, refrain if possible ;p.. otherwise, go knock yourself out and have fun!!!
Till then, and I hope you will be able to find some passion fruit from your local supermarket or farmers market to try out the sweet tangy luscious passion fruit curd recipe. Stay tune, as there will be another post on passion fruit coming soon.

xx

25 comments:

  1. What a lovely cake! Beautiful color combination.

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    1. Thanks Phong Hong. Will buzz you shortly over at your blog. Cheers

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  2. omg this is stunning! seriously stunning! sounds absolutely delicious and looks incredible, awesome job!

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    1. I hope you do try it out.. especially the passionfruit curd. It's seriously to die for ;)

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  3. I love passion fruit:) Your cake is beautiful and the passion fruit curd sound luscious!

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    1. Thanks Geri! Really sweet of you.. and thanks for the support!!!

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  4. Ohhhh Happy 1st blog anniversary Joanna! SO happy for you! This cake is gorgeous. I love this beautiful color. It's so rare to see a cake with this color and how special! Absolutely beautiful work, but you do that all the time anyway... ;-) I'm really happy for you, and looking forward to more and more of your posts. =D

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    1. Nami dear, my blog has passed 1 years old :P. This cake is for my cute little niece. Awww..thanks so much for the sweet sweet compliment. Always nice to hear from you and it really puts a huge smile on my face. Take care now and stay in touch. Bigggg hugggssss

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  5. This cake is stunning and looks just delicious! I love the delicate colors and your inspirations. Your niece must have been thrilled! Send you hugs:)xx

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    1. Hi Lora! So nice to hear from you.. she was although she didn't quite know what was it all about still. She was the first person to dunk her hold hand onto the cake. LOL

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  6. Jo, After reading your post, and seeing Nami's comment; I got to wonder, why would you call your blog, 'Miss A?'...but then, knowing that your blog is close to 2yrs old, and clearly seeing about the birthday is for your little niece...you also have a little nephew, as well, who is about 3yrs old now?...but then you also had a birthday cake for your brother's 21st birthday not too long ago, on your blog...again, that was confusing, I thought your brother was a few years younger than you...maybe you have 2 brothers?...enough for now, cause now I'm really confused!

    At any rate, your cake is gorgeous...as ever; love the pretty color, and the decoration, not to mention how delicious it is! Happy 1st Birthday, to your baby niece:D
    Hugs to you, my sweet friend!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! Apologise for the confusion. Miss A is Amanda, my niece. Last year's cake was for her full moon where she turned 1 month old. I have not been blogging a while lately, as I have been stuck working and feel that I am losing my readers too. However, thanks for your support ;). Huggsss

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  7. Happy 1st blogiversary my friend, what an exquisite cake to devour and celebrate with :D
    Looking forward to many more years!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. Hi Guru Uru, my blog turned 1 yrs old last year. This cake is for my niece. Looks like I have created a confusion here... perhaps I should just stop writing all together.. LOL.. Cheers

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  8. OMG--thank you so much for visiting my blog, because now I've found yours and it is GORGEOUS! Your photos, and food itself, are so stunning. I can't wait to read more :)

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for coming over.. Awww.. I am truly flattered. Do stay in touch and have a great weekend ahead!!! xoxo

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  9. YOur cakes are always stand-outs and I love this color and the recipe.

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    1. Thanks Sandra! It's nice to know a few of you who appreciates the simple cake art I tend to fool around with.. LOL. xoxo

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  10. Aw, when Miss Buttons is old enough, she'll be begging you to make this fabulous cake again! It is simple stunning!!!

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    1. I hope so too.. I'll be more than happy to bake her treats for her to share with her friends. ;). An excuse for me to get to my own test kitchen which I have been neglecting. Till then my friend.. xoxo

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  11. It's sooo pretty, Jo! She is lucky to have you as an Auntie!

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  12. Your cake is just so gorgeous and beautiful !

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  13. What an awesome aunt you are :) absolutely stunning cake!

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  14. Aww that's so cute! Will try this recipe out sometimes with my younger cousins. Definitely will recommend this to my friends.

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