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Cosmopolitan Cake Recipe Cosmopolitan Cake Recipe

A popular libation is brought to layer-cake life with cranberry-infused layers sandwiching a tangy lime curd filling. Soaking the layers with Triple Sec adds moistness (and pleasure) to every bite.

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one 9″ layer cake

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Ingredients

Lime Curd

  • 4 large egg yolks (reserve the whites for the cake batter)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened gelatin powder

Cake

  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Triple Sec or other orange liqueur, or fresh orange juice
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 cups full-fat yogurt or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons undiluted cranberry juice concentrate

Triple Sec soak (optional)

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Triple Sec or other orange liqueur

Cranberry buttercream

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup meringue powder
  • 24 tablespoons (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, or an additional 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional

Lime Curd

  • 4 large egg yolks (reserve the whites for the cake batter)
  • 6 ounces fresh lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 1/2 ounces sugar
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened gelatin powder

Cake

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
  • 12 1/4 ounces sugar
  • 1 3/4 ounces vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec or other orange liqueur, or fresh orange juice
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 11 1/2 ounces King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 10 ounces full-fat yogurt or whole milk
  • 1 3/8 ounces undiluted cranberry juice concentrate

Triple Sec soak (optional)

  • 2 5/8 ounces water
  • 2 3/8 ounces sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces Triple Sec or other orange liqueur

Cranberry buttercream

  • 8 3/4 ounces sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces water
  • 5 1/4 ounces cranberry juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 3 ounces meringue powder
  • 12 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 1/4 ounces vegetable shortening, or an additional 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional

Lime Curd

  • 4 large egg yolks (reserve the whites for the cake batter)
  • 170g fresh lime juice
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 99g sugar
  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened gelatin powder

Cake

  • 113g unsalted butter, softened
  • 347g sugar
  • 50g vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 14g Triple Sec or other orange liqueur, or fresh orange juice
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 326g King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 283g full-fat yogurt or whole milk
  • 39g undiluted cranberry juice concentrate

Triple Sec soak (optional)

  • 74g water
  • 67g sugar
  • 43g Triple Sec or other orange liqueur

Cranberry buttercream

  • 248g sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 113g water
  • 149g cranberry juice concentrate, undiluted
  • 85g meringue powder
  • 340g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 92g vegetable shortening, or an additional 113g unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring, optional

Instructions

  1. For the lime curd: Stir all of the ingredients together in the top of a double boiler set over medium heat. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until the mixture thickens enough to coat a spoon. Remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl. Place a piece of plastic on top, touching the surface, to keep a skin from forming. Chill until completely set (2 to 3 hours, or overnight).
  2. To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9″ round cake pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, vegetable oil, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the Triple Sec or orange juice, egg whites, and whole egg. With the mixer running at medium-low speed, slowly add this mixture to the butter/sugar mixture.
  5. Add the flour and the yogurt or milk in three additions, alternating between both, until all are used. Scrape down the bowl and add the cranberry juice concentrate. Mix until the batter is uniform in color. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and level the top with a small offset spatula.
  6. Bake the layers for 23 to 26 minutes, until the top springs back when lightly touched, and the edges just begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the oven and cool in the pans on a rack. When cooling cakes for slicing into thin layers, we prefer to have them cool completely in the pan.
  7. To make the soak: In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the Triple Sec.
  8. For the frosting: Combine the sugar, salt, and water in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes without further stirring, until the syrup reaches 240°F, then pour the hot syrup into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk.
  9. Add the cranberry juice concentrate, then sprinkle the meringue powder over the liquid. Whisk slowly until the powder dissolves.
  10. Increase the mixer’s speed to medium and beat until the meringue powder mixture begins to get foamy, then turns white and increases in volume. Turn the mixer’s speed to high, and beat for 3 to 4 minutes, until the meringue is thick and glossy looking.
  11. Add the butter, a few tablespoons at a time, with the mixer running. The mixture will thin out and look a little curdled for a while; don’t let that throw you. Keep the mixer going and add the rest of the butter. If you want more frosting or are planning to serve the cake in a warm environment, beat in the additional 1/2 cup shortening or butter. The frosting will transform itself into a smooth, silky, fluffy mass as you go.
  12. Add the vanilla and red food coloring, if using, and mix until the frosting is uniformly colored.
  13. To assemble the cake: If the cake layers have a dome on top, use a long, serrated knife to trim them level. If desired, split them horizontally to make 4 layers before soaking. Brush the trimmed side of one layer with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, then place, trimmed side down, on a serving plate. Brush the second side (formerly the layer’s bottom) with more soaking liquid. Once the liquid is absorbed, use a pastry bag and a 1/2″ round tip to pile a band of cranberry buttercream around the outside edge of the bottom layer. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to allow the frosting ring to firm up.
  14. Once the frosting ring is firm to the touch, fill the inside of the frosting circle with lime curd. Repeat the soaking process and invert the second layer on top of the first.
  15. Once the layers are stacked, take a heaping cup of frosting and use it to cover the cake all over, top and sides, with a thin layer. It’s OK if this looks messy; this is called the crumb coat. Chill the cake for 30 minutes, for the crumb coat to firm up. Once you can touch it without leaving a fingerprint, give the cake another layer of frosting, using any leftover to decorate. Garnish with lime zest or slices, as desired. Chill the cake until 30 minutes before serving.
  16. Store any leftover cake in the refrigerator, well wrapped, for several days.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size1 slice, 215g
  • Servings Per Batch20
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories699
  • Calories from Fat261
  • Total Fat29g
  • Saturated Fat16g
  • Trans Fat1g
  • Cholesterol110mg
  • Sodium208mg
  • Total Carbohydrate123g
  • Dietary Fiber1g
  • Sugars108g
  • Protein6g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.

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