Yellow Cake Recipe
Using this recipe, but baked in three 6-inch rounds for about 24 to 26 minutes.
Swiss Meringue Buttercream
1⁄2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (150 ml) eggwhites
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together the egg whites and sugar briefly by hand. Place a few inches of water in a medium saucepan and heat over medium. Place the mixing bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler. Heat egg white mixture until it reaches 155 to 160 F degrees on a candy thermometer – or until hot to the touch. Once hot, remove the bowl and carefully return it to the electric mixer. Fitted with the whisk attachment, mix on high until medium-stiff peaks, or the outside of the bowl returns to room temperature – about 8 minutes. Stop the mixer and swap out the whisk for the paddle attachment.
With the mixer on low, add in the vanilla and butter – a couple tablespoons at a time. Turn the mixer up to medium-high and mix until smooth.
1 ¾ cup fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup fresh rhubarb, cut into 1⁄4-inch pieces
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Combine the strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and cook them over medium-high heat, stirring intermittently with a wooden spoon, until the juices start to bubble. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the fruit starts to break down. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix 1 ½ cups of the buttercream until silky smooth. Add 1⁄3 cup of rhubarb compote (reserve the rest for serving) and mix until combined.
½ cup quick- cooking oats
¼ cupsliced almonds
¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, almonds, brown sugar, flour, butter, honey, cinnamon, and salt with a wooden spoon until combined. The mixture should resemble clumps of sand. Sprinkle it over the lined baking sheet and bake, stirring halfway through, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Let it cool and crumble the mixture into smaller pieces to make cutting the cake easier.
Once the cakes have completely cooled, level them and choose which layer will be at the bottom. Place it on a cake plate or serving dish. Spread on about ¾ cup of the rhubarb buttercream with an offset spatula. Sprinkle it with about a 1⁄2 cup of the oat crumble. Top with the next layer of cake and repeat with the buttercream and remaining crumble, finishing with the final layer. Frost the top and sides cake with the remaining vanilla buttercream.
Use an icing comb on the frosted cake and chill for about 15 minutes to firm up the ridges. Tint a portion of the remaining buttercream pink, and fill in the gaps of the chilled cake by icing right over it. Clean up the sides by using an icing smoother or bench scrape to reveal the stripes.
To create the top portion of the cake, I used a closed star tip to pipe spirals of frosting around the edges. Using a different color, I piped a second row of spirals on top. For the bottom border, I piped individual rosettes. Use tweezers or the tip of a parking knife to apply the edible gold leaf.