Sunday, November 27, 2011

Daring Bakers - Filipino Desserts - Sans Rival Cake


This month's Daring Bakers takes us to the sunny Philippines to try some cultural delicacies from that nation.

Catherine of Munchie Musings was our November Daring Bakers’ host and she challenged us to make a traditional Filipino dessert – the delicious Sans Rival cake! And for those of us who wanted to try an additional Filipino dessert, Catherine also gave us a bonus recipe for Bibingka which comes from her friend Jun of Jun-blog.

I only made the Sans Rival Cake - at this time of year, getting time to make anything is a bonus, and I made this early on in the month to make sure that I got it done.

The Sans Rival cake is made up of 4 layers of nutty meringue, sandwiched by lawyers of smooth sweet chocolate buttercream, and decorated with crushed cashews.  I made the non-traditional chocolate version:



My quirky oven made hard work of firming up the meringue layers, but I conquered it by flipping the layers over towards the end of the cooking time.  The thinner layers crisped up well, but the thicker lawyers unsurprisingly stayed slightly chewy.

I am not normally a buttercream fan, but this version of buttercream was fabulous - not at all oily or greasy:



I'd definitely make this again - it was good.  Thanks to our host, Catherine, for introducing us to this dessert.  To see how all the other Daring Bakers fared with the Sans Rival cake, visit the slide show at The Daring Kitchen once it is posted.

12 comments:

Marcellina said...

Your chocolate buttercream does look very good! One day I'll be game to try the French buttercream - when I have more time on my hands. Beautiful Sans Rival!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Your cake is gorgeous! I really wanted to make this but sadly ran out of time and occasion to do this. Not that one would necessarily need an occasion for this cake! :D

Johanna GGG said...

E loves buttercream but I don't - so would be interested in this one if you are a fan - the cake sounds interesting and I am sure I would love your non traditional choc version

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

This looks like such a fantastic cake. I love the nuts and the sound of the chocolate buttercream. Looks just beautiful!

Mary said...

Chocolate and cashew sounds like a great combination and I'm sure your colleagues loved this one! I love buttercream but find it too rich to eat much, which is a good thing, I suppose!

The Caked Crusader said...

Big slice for me please!

Hazel at Chicken in a Cherry Sauce said...

I've never seen a cake like this before! Very attracted to this by the nutty meringue... and the cashews... and all of it, really! Yum

Aparna said...

All's well that ends well, and your cake looks pretty good. One can never go wrong with chocolate, can one? :)

yummychunklet said...

Woo hoo! I love this cake (being Filipino and all). Your cake turned out wonderful!

Renata said...

I couldn't resist the non-traditional chocolate version either. Looks absolutely delicious!

chef_d said...

Looks delicious!

Elaine said...

I think I would have gone for the chocolate version also. It looks so chocolatey delicious.