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Swedish Summer Cake Layers

Asked by racheleich. Answered on 13th June 2020

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Hello, I'd like to know if I can bake the Swedish summer cake from "Kitchen" in several layers. Nigella bakes the cake and cuts it into 3 layers, but I would like to know if I can use 3 cake pans and evenly divide the batter between them. Would baking the cake this way impact the texture of the sponge? Thanks so much.

KITCHEN UK book cover
Swedish Summer Cake
By Nigella
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Our answer

Nigella's Swedish Summer Cake (from KITCHEN) is a whisked, fatless sponge that makes a very light cake. The cake is sliced into 3 and filled with fruit and a pastry cream.

It is possible to divide the batter between 3 cake tins to make thinner layers. However we feel that this could affect the texture of the cake as with the large version the cake forms a crisp crust on the outside but has a soft interior. If you bake the cake in 3 thin layers the cake will be drier, due to the lack of fat in the batter, and will not have the same soft interior. We suspect that the thinner layers will be harder and more biscuit-like after baking. So we would prefer to stick to the original method. Use a serrated knife and a short, sawing action to cut the cake into layers. The fruit and cream filling will help to hide any less than perfect cutting.

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