Monday, July 4, 2011

Merle's Peach Blossom Cake



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!

19 comments:

Marcellina said...

I love your peach blossom cake! Actually I thought Merle's pink was too pale! Thanks for the link to the recipe though I think I do have it somewhere (stepmother is in CWA)!
On another note, do you think this was too easy a challenge for this part of the comp? I do.

CurlyPops said...

OMG that looks amazing! That was one of my favourite ever episodes of Masterchef. Merle was a hoot.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the marbling effect! Plus, it's such a pretty girly looking cake with all that pink. Great work

Cakelaw said...

I'd agree Marcellina - although Billy seemed to struggle with how to make ordinary icing like Mum always made!

CurlyPops, I loved Merle - I want to see more of her!

Thanks Brittany.

yummychunklet said...

How pretty is that pink swirl? And the pink frosting is so delicate. Great cake!

jillbert said...

That's the prettiest cake I've seen in a long time! The color is fantastic.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I haven't watched any MC this season but this cake looks wonderful! What a gorgeous marbling effect! :D

Brenda said...

The marbling looks great....what a lovely job you did! And Merle was just too adorable!

Johanna GGG said...

how pretty - merle would be proud of you - such a gorgeous photo

Gloria said...

Cakelaw this cake look amazing and beauty!!! gloria

Heavenly Housewife said...

Gosh, that looks fabulous. I'd love to make a cake like this. It would make a lovely birthday cake!
*kisses* HH

The Caked Crusader said...

What a pretty cake - it's almost like an all in one battenberg!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This cake is absolutely beautiful!

Dressed and Eaten said...

This looks great! What a good job!

Must say Merle was such a good sport. Great sense of humour. Really enjoyed that episode.

Siobhan C said...

I entered a marble cake in our local Show this year and didn't do so well. I'll pop over to Merle's recipe for some tips. Yours looks perfect!

Lauren Hairston said...

So pretty! It would be great for a princess-themed party! Or anytime one wants to feel all princess-y.

Three-Cookies said...

Excellent job, the color of the icing and the swirls match. I understand that this is critical and also not to easy to get it right. Well done.

Emma @CakeMistress said...

Ooh, great colour matching of the swirl and icing. Merle would be proud! I was interested in baking this one too, but found two different recipes: one on the Masterchef website and a different one from CWA. Glad to hear the Masterchef one was fabulour too

mobile said...

Oh my God this looks so good and i`m sure that it is delicious too. I think it is not a very difficult recipe so i will give it a try, thanks a lot for sharing.