I call it the “Should Have Been” Peach Bellini Cake because it didn't really taste like peaches or champagne (aka Prosecco.)
I didn't want to deceive anyone in calling it a 'Peach Bellini Cake' when it's not really one.
I started with a vanilla sponge and had a Prosecco sugar syrup soaked in. Then I layered it with peach curd and a whipped cream dyed a peach color for effect
It so would have been a peach bellini cake if 1.) it tasted like peaches and 2.) one got a bit tipsy from the alcohol.
Which I guess I failed on both accounts.
In the end it was just a vanilla cake with whipped cream frosting and in that I totally succeeded.
There is always tomorrow. Or the next day to make this cake again, there is just a few things I will need to do differently.
Here is how I made it and in italics are my notes on how I will change it next time.
Should Have Been Peach Bellini Cake:
330g plain flour
320g caster sugar
1 ½ tbsp baking powder
pinch of salt
175g unsalted butter, softened
3 medium eggs
190ml whole milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Heat the oven to 180C and grease and line two 8in/23cm cake tins. Briskly whisk the dry ingredients together, before adding the butter and beating for a few minutes until it’s crumby. Throw the eggs in and beat until just incorporated. Last but not least add the milk and vanilla extract and beat on high for a couple of minutes until lighter in color and smooth.
Fill both prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes. Do the skewer test to make sure it’s cooked. Right away poke some holes in the top and using a pastry brush, brush the Bubbly Sugar Syrup (recipe below) over both cakes. Leave to cool in the tins for about 10 minutes before turning out to cool completely.
Bubbly Sugar Syrup
60g caster sugar
1-2 tbsp bubbly
Melt the sugar in the water before adding the prosecco to taste. If I were to do this again I would double it. To make sure the cakes were really soaked.
Peach Curd recipe needs to be adjusted to taste more peachy
300 ml whipping cream
1 tsp of sugar
peach food color paste
Whip the cream with the sugar and coloring until it’s fluffy and can hold its shape. Place the first cake on a serving plate and layer the peach curd on it. Then layer about half of the whipped cream before topping with the second layer of cake and putting the rest of the whipped cream on top! Decorate with sprinkles or anything else.
I should have added peaches into the cake or the whipped cream to make it peachier or I should have added bubbly to the whipped cream? There are a few ways I could adjust this to get the results I set out to get.
notes: I made this cake for my Clandestine Cake Club meeting. We had a great time as a very classy cocktail bar!