Pink Raspberry Champagne Cake

Today you will get a pink champagne raspberry cake, with no artificial food coloring, but a lot of alcohol. You may also use your favorite rose wine. I decided to use a traditional white cake as the base and put a lot of reduced champagne in it. These cake layers are then brushed in reduced champagne for extra flavor and also to keep the cake moist. The filling, on the other hand, is prepared with raspberries as I find their tart and acid flavor to combine nicely with the alcohol. Let’s celebrate with this pink champagne raspberry cake!

Himbeer-Sekt-Torte“White cake” is something very American to me. The fact that you only use egg whites for a light crumb is a genius idea. To me white cake is the American answer to sponge cake. Preparing sponge takes more time as you have to beat the eggs separately. In fact I even like the method best where you beat egg whites and egg yolks separately. However, white cake is perfect as you only need to stir in the unbeaten egg whites into the batter. I did reduce the amount of sugar though as American recipes tend to me way too sweet for my taste. If you ask me, too much sugar takes away from the other flavors. You want to taste all the other flavors, that’s why I usually reduce the sugar amount. So don’t expect this to be as sweet as white cake from a box!!!

Himbeer-Sekt-Torte zu SilvesterI don’t have that many recipes with alcohol on my blog. If you are a chocolate lover, I can recommend this chocolate caramel cake with whisky. A very tropical cake is this piña colada cake with pineapple, coconut and rum. Let’s hope that 2022 is going to be better than 2020 and 2021!

Pink Champagne Cake

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Serves: One 18 cm/6inch ∅ springform
Prep Time: 1hr Cooking Time: 35min Total Time: 1hr 35min

This pink champagne cake contains reduced champagne in the batter, is also brushed with it and has a fruity raspberry filling.

Ingredients

  • Cake Layers
  • 500 grams of champagne or rose, I recommend a sweeter variety
  • 170 grams of butter at room temperature
  • 180 grams of regular sugar
  • 120 grams of sour cream
  • 5 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 285 grams of cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

  • Filling
  • 500 grams of frozen raspberries
  • 100 grams of regular sugar
  • 40 grams of cornstarch
  • 150 grams of cream cheese

  • Frosting
  • 150 grams of heavy cream
  • 40 grams of regular sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 150 grams of cream cheese
  • 200 grams of mascarpone

Instructions

1

First you need to reduce the alcohol to 350 grams. Place on the stovetop and simmer on medium heat, do not boil. Pour into a bowl. I checked in between and simply poured it back if it was not done yet. Chill immediately. Line two 18cm/6inch cake forms with parchment paper and preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2

For the cake layers beat the soft butter with the sugar until light and fluffy, a few minutes. Then add the sour cream and the egg whites (not, you do not need to beat them into stiff meringue) and vanilla extract. Once everything is combined, add the dry ingredients and mix again. The batter will be thick. Then measure 240 grams from the reduced alcohol and slowly beat only until combined. Evenly divide between the two cake forms and bake for about 35min. An inserted toothpick should come out clean.

3

Meanwhile for the filling boil the raspberries with the sugar. Dissolve the cornstarch in a mug with some water. Then add to the mix and stir constantly. Keep on medium heat for about a minute while stirring and it becomes thicker. Let cool and beat in the cream cheese once it has cooled off.

4

Cut each cake layer in half so that you have four cake layers. Brush all cake layers with the left over reduced alcohol. Spread 1/3 of the raspberry filling on the first layer, place the second on top, spread one third of the filling, repeat with the third and then place the fourth cake layer on the top. Chill.

5

For the frosting beat the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla extract until stiff. Add all remaining dairy products and briefly beat until combined. If you also want the frosting to be pink, put about one tablespoon of the raspberry filling through a sieve and mix with the remaining ingredients. Frost the outside of the cake. With the back of a tablespoon you can create the "waves" like I did. The cake will keep for a few days if chilled, the champagne flavor will intensify over time.

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