RECIPES

Spicy Pear and Sweet Potato Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

RECIPE FROM MASALA MISCHIEF

Wine Pairing

Skipskop Viognier

Ingredients:

For the cakes:

3 cups flour

2 cups brown sugar

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

2 t cinnamon ground

1 t ginger powder

3 large eggs

3/4 cup oil

2 t vanilla essence

2 cups steamed and mashed sweet potato

227g roughly mashed pears (if using tinned, drain first).

1 cup pecans, chopped.

 

For the Icing:

60 g Butter

1 tub cream cheese

300g Icing Sugar

1 t vanilla extract

50g pecans chopped quite fine
Caramel

 

To decorate:

Caramelised Pears

Nuts

Method:

Roast the nuts lightly in the oven, at 180. Chop roughly and cool.

Combine sieved flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & ginger in a bowl.
Combine eggs, oil, vanilla, sweet potato, pears and nuts in a separate bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine thoroughly.

Divide into 2 x 20cm tins and bake at 180 for 35 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. If the cake needs to bake longer, reduce the temperature to 170.

 

Icing:

Roast the nuts lightly.  Cool and chop finely.

Cream butter and sugar by beating on a low speed till light and smooth.

Gradually add sifted icing sugar, continuing to beat on low speed till fluffy and fully incorporated.  Beat in the vanilla and fold the nuts in.

 

Garnish:

Halve or Quarter the pears, as preferred, leaving stalks, skin and seeds intact.  Caramelise in the oven till golden and sticky.  Roast the nuts for 5 minutes in the oven at 180 and scatter over the cake.

 

TO ASSEMBLE:

When the cakes are cool, spread a thin layer of caramel on one, and then spread a generous amount of cream cheese icing on that before sandwiching together. Spread the balance of the icing on the top of the cake leaving the sides naked.  Lightly spread some caramel on top of the cream cheese and arrange the pears and nuts on top.

 

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