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.
for the sponge-
- Sugar-3/4 cup
- Flour-3/4 cup
- Baking powder-1 tsp
- Vanilla essence-1 tsp
for the lemon syrup-
- Juice of freshly squeezed lemons-2
- Sugar -2 tbsp
- Water-1/2 cup
for the filling-
- Fresh mango slices- from about 2 mangoes
for butter frosting
- Powdered sugar-2 tbsp
- Cherries-a handful, fresh
The recipe and method for chocolate frosting can be found here
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.
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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