The texture of this cake is very fine which is what earned it the name of sand torte. There is quite a bit of cornstarch in the batter which helps give it the namesake mouthfeel. It sounds kind of odd if you haven’t tried it, but it is super delicious. I like it served with berries and whipped cream, but it is a good neutral base for any kind of toppings.
It’s Cake Slice Day again! As you know by now, we are baking our way thought Maida Heatter’s Cakes and I have been having the best time doing it. So far they have almost all been winners.
There has only one mediocre bake that was mostly due to my own inattention to details and not necessarily the recipe. Though I definitely learned my lesson to start checking things early and not take baking times for granted!
It is always really hard for me to choose what to bake each month. I am glad I am only given four choices each time, or I would never be able to narrow it down.
Even with just the four options, I still hem and haw. I pick and change my mind. It is terrible because they all sound so good.
I chose this recipe for a few reasons. First, I have a small cache of bundt pans in the basement that don’t get used often enough and this seemed like a great chance to use the star. It worked perfectly for this recipe and was fun to serve with blueberries and strawberries for a patriotic dessert!
I was also really intrigued by the description in the book. Maida says ” The texture is a little sandy, but deliciously so.”
Sandy is not a term I usually hear with a positive association when it comes to cake, so I had to try that. Also the ingredient list piqued my interest.
There is a 1:1 ratio of flour to cornstarch. I’ve never baked a cake like that before!!
The cake did turn out lovely. It did have a dryer texture than most of the cakes I bake, but really not in a bad way.
Maida suggested cutting it in thin slices and serving multiple thinly cut pieces per serving. We had just stuffed ourselves on a big family BBQ, so I just served one thin slice with some cream cheese whipped cream and berries.
I did cut a bigger slice the next day, and I agree that thin slices are the way to go. Both were good, but the texture was better in thinner slices.
This book has no pictures, so you have to visualize what each cake will look like. I really didn’t like that aspect of this book when I first got it, but now I love it!
It gives me a chance to do it my way rather than be swayed by the pictures in the book. I don’t fancy myself a very creative person, so normally I would just aspire to duplicate the picture (and probably find myself disappointed when it doesn’t match exactly.)
So I like that I can be proud of what mine looks like and give myself room for a little creative license. I also love looking forward to seeing the other cakes when the other bakers choose a different recipe.
It is like a first peek at something I have only read about. But the best part is seeing the differences when multiple people bake the same recipe. It is so fun to see the reveals!