The London fog cake is inspired by the London fog – an Earl Grey tea latte made with steamed milk and vanilla. The cake version is divine – layers of rich, moist, chocolate cake covered with luxurious Earl Grey Swiss meringue buttercream then topped with decadent salted caramel sauce. The components work perfectly together for one amazing cake.
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Layered: Baking, Building & Styling Spectacular Cakes
There are a lot of tips on how to bake them successfully and how to make them pretty. The pictures are phenomenal and though they intimidated me at first, Tessa’s tips and instructions boosted my confidence – that even a beginner baker like me can create showstopper cakes too.
Enter Red. Her birthday was coming up and I promised that I’d bake her a birthday cake. I went further and said she can go ahead and pick any cake from Layered (who is this person I’ve become?). So she did and picked the London Fog Cake. Ok then. Challenge accepted.
Armed with Layered and my newfound confidence, I proceeded to make one of the most amazing cakes I’ve ever made and tasted in my life.
The London fog cake is at its heart a chocolate layer cake. And the chocolate cake is great on its own. Soft, moist and bursting with chocolate flavour – the way all chocolate cakes should be. I’m definitely going to use this as a base for all chocolate layer cakes from now on.
Earl Grey Swiss meringue buttercream
The star of the show is the Earl Grey buttercream though. I always wondered how people cooked or baked with tea…now I know. And the Earl Grey butter incorporated into the silky Swiss meringue buttercream results to a flavour so unique, so complex, so brilliant that you wonder why you never thought to do it before.
Salted caramel sauce
What completes this sophisticated trifecta of flavours is the salted caramel sauce. There’s a salted caramel sauce recipe provided in the book but I made a rookie mistake – I forgot to buy one key ingredient – so I went with my go-to salted caramel sauce recipe instead. It still worked but I will definitely try the one in the book the next time I bake this cake. And there will definitely be a next time.
The London Fog Cake
Because I couldn’t be happier with the end result. Not only does the cake look pretty (despite my
sad pitiful heartbreaking less-than-ideal decorating skills), it tasted fantastic. Imagine your favourite chocolate cake getting superpowers. That’s what this cake is like. Best of all, my birthday celebrant was over the moon.
Baking this successfully the first time feels a lot like winning. I couldn’t believe it either but yes, it only took me one try. Me! So I cannot wait to try the other recipes in the book.
Go ahead and try this one. It is very good and seriously, if I can do it, anybody can.
(And happy birthday Red! Thanks for everything xoxo)
(Recipe adapted from Layered and used with permission from the author).
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