I always struggle to write the first paragraph of the recipe because it is difficult to describe the recipes, look for words that appeal to you and call you to continue reading. Today I have it more complicated than ever, although I get the feeling that this cake is so grotesque and spectacular that surely you are already inside the recipe without even having read the summary. I am right? In that case, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Today’s post is about a man and his obsession with giant food. The man in question is my dear hubby, Marc. I’m sure many will remember the recipe for the Giant Twix I published last year. A beast that I prepared it as a gift for Saint Marc’s day. Well, the thing goes of more of the same. But this year it has been a giant donut 🙂
In that post I already told you about his obsession with the giant food and how he dreams about it. But this time I caught him!! Because it seems to me that he had never dreamed of a giant donut. In addition, this pink donut is a symbol for him as it is the icon of his favorite character, Homer Simpson.
And here you have my more than satisfied model holding such a monster!! I also enjoyed myself as a girl making the donut, when I saw how it was taking shape and when I saw the final result I jumped with joy because, the truth is, that it is precious. And not only that, it’s also delicious, seriously!
I love this buttermilk cake, is soft, fluffy and delicious. You will tell me if not, as you will have enough scrap you can try it alone and you will see that I do not deceive you. And the creams that I have chosen for the filling and the frosting are also super good, and you know them because I usually use them in almost all my layer cakes. So, it has all goodness inside !!
Beautiful, tasty and spectacular. And I also tell you that it is not as difficult as it seems. Do not be scared by the fondant, I had never worked with fondant before (you know I did not like it that much) and yet I think the result has been pretty good. I really encourage you to do it for a birthday or for the children, you are going to be look like a boss!!
- CAKE (quantities for one half of the doughnut):
- 3 eggs
- 150 g of sugar
- 120 g of melted butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 ml Buttermilk
- 400 g flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch of salt
- CREAM FILLING:
- 500 g mascarpone
- 75 g icing sugar
- 250 g heavy cream (very cold)
- 2 Tbsp of lyophilized powdered strawberry
- BUTTERCREAM ITALIAN MERINGUE:
- 4 egg whites
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 drop of vinegar
- 200 g sugar
- 60 ml water
- 220 g butter (at room temperature)
- 70 g of dark chocolate (melted)
- 250 g pink fondant
- Fondant various colors (or white fondant and food coloring to make sprinkles)
- 2 Tbsp vodka
Preheat the oven to 170ºC. Grease the mold with a little butter and flour. Unless you buy two molds, you have to do it in two baking, the ingredients of the cake are for a baking of one mold only. If you make two at a time, multiply the quantities by 2. If not, simply repeat twice the process of preparation and baking of the cake, which is what I have done.
In a bowl beat the eggs with the sugar at high speed for about 5 minutes, until the mixture turns whitish. Incorporate melted butter and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
In another bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the egg mass by mixing until lightly combined. Add buttermilk and mix until blended. Add the rest of the flour and mix just until the dough is smooth and without lumps.
Bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick comes dry. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes. After that time, and taking care not to burn, unmold on a grid and let it cool completely.
Wash the mold, grease it again and repeat the whole process again to make the other half of the cake of our giant donut.
While the two halves of the cake are cooling, prepare the filling cream. For this, beat the mascarpone with the icing sugar using it gets creamy, for about 1 minute. Add the cream that must be very cold and beat at high speed, for about 2 minutes. Add the two tablespoons of strawberry powder and beat until you have a homogeneous color.
To prepare the Italian meringue buttercream, you must first prepare the meringue. To do this, heat the sugar with water in a saucepan. Introduce a kitchen thermometer to control the temperature of the syrup.
Meanwhile, beat the egg whites in the blender bowl with the salt and vinegar at a low speed, so that it starts being foamy. When the temperature of the thermometer reaches 100 ° C, raise the speed of the mixer to medium-high.
When the temperature of the syrup reaches 118 ° C, remove from the heat and without stopping the mixer, pour into the whites very slowly and in the form of a yarn while still beating the whites at medium-high speed. Be very careful and do not pour the syrup on the moving rods or you can splatter and burn.
Continue beating at high speed for about 10 more minutes, until the meringue cools down. Before adding the butter make sure the bowl is cold, if necessary wait 5 or 10 minutes more for the meringue to cool.
Add butter little by little in pieces while continuing to beat at medium speed until all is integrated. Increase the speed of the mixer and beat the mixture for 5 minutes more. There is a moment when it seems to be split, but at the last minute of mixing it takes the right body, do not freak out.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or the water bath and incorporate it into the buttercream when it has been slightly tempered. Mix a little bit more until the cream has a uniform color.
Before starting to assemble the donut I recommend that you prepare the colored sprinkles with fondant. You can of course use normal sugar sprinkles, but they will look too small for the size of the donut. Using small pieces of fondant of several colors, stretch and knead it in the form of small cylinders and cut it into pieces of about 1 cm. Allow to dry slightly before use.
To assemble the donut, the first thing you have to do is cut the cup of the biscuits so that they are perfectly flat and of the same height. Using a teaspoon, make a groove in the center of each half of the biscuits, that's where the filling cream goes. Try to make the groove as centered as possible and a depth of about 2 cm.
Fill the grooves with mascarpone strawberry cream until it is completely stuffed and flattened on the surface. Now (watch out for the dangerous part!) Put together the donut halves from the cream side. Do it very carefully so that when manipulating the half that goes on top it does not break.
It is time to give the first layer of crumbs stopper to the cake with the buttercream. Frost all of it with a thin layer of buttercream, smooth it with a clean flexible plastic film to flatten the curved areas. But do not worry if it is not perfect because you will be covered in fondant. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes for the buttercream to harden.
Frost with the second layer of buttercream and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes more. Meanwhile, you can prepare the pink fondant that imitates the glaze of the donut. Using the mold as a guide, cut into a baking paper a template that is of the dimensions of the mold, that is to say, first draw the silhouette and the hole and cut it.
Stretch the pink fondant until it is about ½ cm high. Place the template on the stretched fondant and using a blade, trim but not following the straight line of the template, do it making waves around it as a reference. The idea is to be irregular and when you put it on the donut it creates a glaze effect falling. It is difficult to explain, I hope you have understood.
Place the pink fondant on the donut and smooth the surface. Paint the entire fondant with a vodka using a brush and place the colored giant sprinkles before the vodka dries. And you already have your donut ready!!
You can prepare the cakes in advance and freeze them.
Do not through way the cake cutouts. Soon I will give you a leftovers recipe that will delight you!
If you do not find freeze-dried strawberry powdered, you can use strawberry extract and pink coloring for example. And if not, then pink coloring alone and it will taste like plain cream.