Last week on Masterchef, Billy of A Table For Two faced off for an immunity pin against Merle, a country cook who has been baking for 70 years. The recipes they made were cupcakes and a Peach Blossom Cake, a la country show style.
I couldn't resist making the Peach Blossom Cake - isn't the name itself just gorgeous? A Peach Blossom Cake is a white and pink marble cake with pink icing to match the colour of the pink in the cake. You can find Merle's recipe here. For country show level baking, there are a whole bunch of rules and regulations that go with making this cake; I didn't worry too much about those, as I was more interested in the cake itself. I was particularly intrigued with Merle's method for getting an even marbling throughout the cake.
The icing is not supposed to run down the sides - mine almost did but not quite. I was pretty happy with it. The cake is made entirely on egg whites to make it even prettier and white. Here is a peek at a slice of the cake:
Thanks for sharing your recipe with us Merle. The method for marbling will come in handy for future cakes and cheesecakes - can't wait to try it out again!