White Christmas Eggnog Chiffon Cake
 
 
Serves: 10-12 slices
Ingredients
For the cake:
  • 2-1/3 cups (275g) plain flour (I used organic strong)
  • 1-1/3 cups (295g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt flakes or 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup thickened cream (or heavy cream)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
For the Italian meringue
  • 1-1/2 cups caster sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 large (4 small) egg whites, preferably fresh eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
To decorate:
  • Optional: 1/4 cup pearl sugar, or unsprayed fresh or dried flowers
Instructions
For the cake:
  1. Lightly grease 2 x 18cm round cake tins, line the base and sides with baking paper - create a collar that sits above the side of the tin by a couple of inches, as the cake may rise higher than the tin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (360°F) - I decreased this to 170°C (340°F) to suit my oven.
  3. Sift the plain flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the sunflower oil, coconut milk and egg yolks and whisk until smooth (it will be very thick).
  4. Meanwhile, place all 7 egg whites and the cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and whisk until stiff peaks form.
  5. In 3 batches, fold the egg whites into the batter - you'll find the first batch will lighten the mixture, allowing you to easily fold the rest in. Try not to overmix.
  6. Divide the batter between the 2 tins and bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes (mine took 50), or until the cakes spring back when gently pressed and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack lined with baking paper to cool completely.
For the filling:
  1. Place the thickened cream, sour cream, brandy and icing sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and whisk until stiff peaks form. Add the nutmeg and vanilla and mix to combine. Keep in the fridge until needed.
Putting the cake together:
  1. Trim the top of each cake so they’re both level, then cut each cake in half horizontally. Put one of the cake halves on a cake stand, and spread 1/3 cup of the chilled cream mixture over top. Top with another cake half and repeat the process until you’ve used up all the cream mixture and cake halves (the top cake half should not have any cream on it). NB: I made sure that the tops of the two cakes were on the bottom and top of the finished cake to ensure the straight edges were in the middle.
  2. Refrigerate the cake to keep the filling chilled, wrapping the whole cake lightly in plastic wrap.
For the Italian meringue:
  1. Meanwhile, place 1 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan with water. Place over medium heat, stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil (then start on next step) and cook until the syrup reaches 116°C or 240°F.
  2. Once the sugar syrup starts boiling, place the egg whites into a clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, and then whisk on high speed until soft peaks form. Add the remaining caster sugar one spoonful at a time and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. With the mixer whisking, slowly pour the hot sugar syrup into the meringue, pouring it slowly and steadily down the side of the bowl to avoid hitting the whisk. Keep whisking until the meringue is cool (check by feeling the side of the bowl).
Finishing the cake:
  1. As soon as the meringue has been made and is cool to the touch, spoon it over the chilled cake and spread to cover, creating swirls with an off-set spatula.
  2. Optional: Decorate with pearl sugar or fresh or dried flowers.
  3. Suggestion: To counteract sweetness, serve with fresh berries.
Storage:
  1. The cake should be stored in the fridge because of the filling, but bring out around 15 minutes before serving to allow the cake to soften.
Recipe by The Kiwi Cook at https://thekiwicook.com/2019/12/08/white-christmas-eggnog-chiffon-cake/