Dessert/

Dream Child Birthday Cake

Author: SallyK / Date: 2017-02-13 @ 08:46 pm / Print Me! /
Tags: Holidays and Company / Dairy /

Dream Child Birthday Cake

This old-fashioned spice cake is adapted from a 1954 Westinghouse Cookbook recipe. It is slathered with my creamy Mascarpone Caramel Icing. I hope it is as big a hit with your family, as it was with mine!

Makes an 8-inch layer cake.

Ingredients:

Spice Cake:

  • 1 c vegetable shortening
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring
  • 4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 c plain yogurt
  • 1 c whole milk
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Mascarpone Caramel Icing:

  • 6 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 8 oz Mascarpone Fresca cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Spice Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and generously butter (2) 8-inch round cake pans. Dust the pans with flour.
  2. With an electric mixer, cream the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and beat thoroughly.
  4. Sift flour again with the cocoa and spices.
  5. Blend the yogurt, milk, and baking soda.
  6. Alternately add the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the shortening mixture, beating a little after each addition. Do not over-beat.
  7. Pour batter equally into the two pans and bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the highest part of each layer comes out clean.
  8. Remove from pans immediately. Cool on wire racks.

Mascarpone Caramel Icing:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter on low heat.
  2. Add brown sugar and milk. Bring to boiling, reduce heat slightly and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in Mascarpone cream cheese until melted and smooth. Cool completely.
  4. Place one cooled cake layer on a platter or large dish. To catch the icing drippings, put strips of wax paper around the edges of the dish.
  5. Spread a thin coating of the icing on top of the first layer. Add second cake layer and ice its top and sides.
  6. Remove wax paper and store cake in a tall cake dome until sliced and served.