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June 24, 2009

SUMMER FRUIT CAKE a recipe from my Armenian friend

If you have been following my blog for a while you might remember my Armenian friend who is a professional baker in Armenia, her other recipe which I posted earlier was the superb Armenian Chocolate Cake with Almonds, it was my pleasure to learn another lovely Cake recipe from her which is a light-as-a-feather sponge soaked in a tangy lemon syrup, sandwiched with mangoes and topped with chocolate and cherries, a slice of heaven if you ask me, and downright delicious...We picked up and ate the chocolate enrobed cherries while the cake was chilling in the fridge and they were fabulous, the Cake is perfect for hot Summer months as it is light and refreshing and full of fruity goodness.

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for the sponge-

  1. Eggs-3

  2. Sugar-3/4 cup

  3. Flour-3/4 cup

  4. Baking powder-1 tsp

  5. Vanilla essence-1 tsp

for the lemon syrup-

  1. Juice of freshly squeezed lemons-2

  2. Sugar -2 tbsp

  3. Water-1/2 cup

for the filling-

  1. Fresh mango slices- from about 2 mangoes

for butter frosting

  1. Butter-50gms

  2. Powdered sugar-2 tbsp

  3. Cherries-a handful, fresh

The recipe and method for chocolate frosting can be found here

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for the sponge cake-

Beat whole eggs together with sugar, preferably with an electric beater for 20 minutes or till stiff peaks form, fold in the flour sifted with baking powder gently(she folds it in with clean hands, without using a spatula), add vanilla essence and bake in a PRELINED tin for 30 minutes at 180C till well risen and golden, take out from pan and leave to cool .

for the lemon syrup-

Combine sugar and lemon juice and water and boil till thick and syrupy, keep aside.

Make the chocolate frosting and keep in fridge to cool, this can be done a day ahead also.

Beat softened butter with sugar and adding a little bit of lemon syrup till light and fluffy, set aside.

for assembling-

Slice cake carefully into half and sprinkle the lemon syrup evenly on both halves,spread thinly with the butter frosting, layer fresh mango slices and cover with the top half of sponge.Now cover the entire cake with the butter frosting, spreading it very thinly.Add the rest of the mango slices and the fresh cherries on top, pour the cooled chocolate frosting on top and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, Slice and serve.

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Miracela June 24, 2009 at 10:10 PM  

Heyza ..
randomly came to your site and took the opportunity to see me around a bit.
deeply impressed very good website
so nice looking food :0)
good luck in future

Cilantro June 24, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

Cake looks nice and moist . Looks very delicious.

Superchef June 25, 2009 at 1:45 AM  

yummy is the word for it!!!

Cynthia June 25, 2009 at 3:37 AM  

Hey sweetie, hope you are well and enjoying summer.

Anonymous ,  June 25, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

yummmyy !!

Mansi June 25, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

wow, this looks great Bindiya! and so is your new blog look!:) hope you are doing good:)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] June 26, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

The cake looks delicious! Where's Armenia :P
You certainly have a great friend, considering what amazing recipes she's giving you :)

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