We love this crown of glazed cream puffs, but the cake is also great without them.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes plus chilling
Yield: Serves 10 to 12
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups thick fruit jam, such as raspberry
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
2/3 cup heavy cream
20 to 30 Chocolate-Glazed Raspberry Cream Puffs (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep). In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar on high until pale and fluffy, 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring milk and butter to a simmer over medium. With mixer on medium, gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture and beat just until combined. With mixer on low, add milk mixture in a steady stream and beat until combined. Fold in vanilla.
Pour batter into pan. Bake until top is light golden and a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack, 10 minutes. Run a knife around edge of pan; turn cake out onto rack to cool completely (top side up), 30 minutes.
With a serrated knife, trim top of cake to make it level, then split cake in half horizontally. Place bottom layer on a cake plate or serving platter and spread jam evenly on top with an offset spatula. Top with second layer.
Make glaze: Place chocolate and corn syrup in a heatproof medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Immediately pour over chocolate and let sit 2 minutes. Stir until mixture is smooth. Pour glaze on cake and spread with offset spatula so it drips down sides. Refrigerate until glaze is set, 45 minutes (or up to 2 hours). To serve, arrange cream puffs (if using) on top of cake.
Everyday Food, December 2010
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