Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy BIRTHDAY - Almond Discs( Zimsterne or Marzipani) with Lychee cream

          Here's the thing about love.


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The love I'm talking about is unconditional, just give with open arms, lotsa hugs, kisses and tears kinda love. No, it's not the crazy giddy love with butterflies buzzing, where you  wait to fall on your face one day but it's the 'MY HEART  belongs to  this thing in my arms LOVE'.

My baby is a officially a teen. How appropriate is this dessert which epitomizes him in every way and the cherries on top are there just because. 



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Birthdays are fun, candles, gifts, the feeling of being loved and the joy it brings.

Just look at me my sweet friends, he say's 'I am simple and strong'.
 




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I 'm unbelievably easy, you'll love me, cause' I'll comfort you.


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        Once you get to know me, you will remember me with fond thoughts forever.


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                   Do you ever think about what food depicts you the best?

The recipe is quite a simple one, just like a meringue but with almond powder and the cream whipped and flavored any way you want it. The fruit of the day I chose was LYCHEE. 


ALMOND DISCS with LYCHEE CREAM             

Ingredients:

For the Almond Discs


4 Egg Whites at room temperature

1 cup Almond meal/powder
1 tsp cornstarch
1 cup granulate sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the Lychee Cream

1 cup very cold whipping cream
1/2 cup lychee paste(you could use fresh and grind it up or canned and grind it up to a smooth paste)
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Method:

For the Almond Discs

1. Leave the Egg whites at room temperature before you start whipping it up.
2. Beat the egg whites in a very clean bowl until it is foamy.  Then add the sugar+cornstarch+cream of tartar and beat it till glossy.
3.  Add the almond meal in batches and fold it in.  Add the vanilla extract and mix.
4.  On a large baking pan draw two 6 inch circles on a parchment paper and turn the paper upside down. Pipe the meringue mixture inside the circle.
5.  Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let it cool on a cooling rack.  Be gentle while handling the discs.

For the Lychee Cream
1. Chill the bowl in which you are planning to whip the cream.
2.  Whip the cream on low speed, adding 2 tbsp of sugar at a time.  Once you've added all the sugar, add the very cold lychee paste to it too.
3.  Whip the cream to stiff peak on medium speed.

Assembly:
Place one disc, spread half the cream on top, cut some strawberries and place another disc on top of that. Spread the other half of the cream and top it with cherries or any fruit of your choice.

Enjoy!!

This tastes even better after sitting in the refrigerator overnight.

45 comments:

Jeannie said...

Lovely cake and your teen is very lucky to have you as his mom.

sanjivni yatin said...

beautiful cake...!!

sushmita pandit said...

Best wishes to ur son on his birthday...i must say that this is a perfect birthday celebration cake for a kid who just entered into the teenage. This luks awesome.

Manasi said...

Belated Birthday wishes to your Teen!
The cake is beautiful and so elegant.

cquek said...

Those were very delicious bites…

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You said...

What a beautiful and delicious cake -- so appropriate to celebrate such an important day! Happy B-day to your teen. And I know: For us, mothers, our children will always be babies. It is so part of an unconditional love... Have a very blessed week!!!

Dixya said...

what a beautiful cake for your baby .No matter how old he is, hes always going to be a baby :)

Eva Kosmas said...

Such a bright and cheery cake! And the flavors sound delicious, too :) Perfect for the summer heat!

Rekha Vengalil said...

Happy Birthday to your Teen :-) WOW what a gorgeous cake.. Loved the black background pics.. It looks great Asha!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

Lychee cream? My head is spinning! This sounds so good! What a lovely birthday cake!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A beautiful birthday cake! Really tempting.

Cheers,

Rosa

Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania said...

Wishing your teen a belated happy birthday.
I am inspired! I loved this cake....anything with cherries and cream is yum...and this is gorgeous too!

Ashley @ Quarter Life (Crisis) Cuisine said...

This is amazing and gorgeous. I like how you anthropomorphized the cake as well, haha.

Helene Dsouza said...

Oh yum lychee cream, i d go crazy for your cake and most probably you d see me finishing it all by myself. I know I am selfish =P

Asmita said...

OMG,
Gorgeous cake!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You all for your wishes!

Free Spirit Eater said...

Lychee cream filled birthday cake? Sounds like the best birthday ever! Happy birthday to your teen. Gorgeous photos too! =]

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Your baby is a teen? No way!! Happy Birthday :)

Love that its a gluten free cake with a lot of yummyness!!

Treatntrick Treat and Trick said...

Gorgeous cake and amazing photos!

Laura said...

This cake IS beautiful and fun. Best wishes to your son. Your pictures are gorgeous as well!

Gourmet Getaways said...

Such a gorgeous cake!
I have a son about to turn 18!! It all happened so quickly, I really don't know where the years went.

Happy Birthday to your boy :)

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen said...

Such a simple but elegant looking cake! Happy Birthday to your baby!

Amy said...

What a beautiful cake to celebrate love and birthday. :) I love how simple it is, yet very stunning. :)

Ayantika said...

OMG....this is so damn good!!!
Love,

Bong's Belleza

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You all for your beautiful words..

Shweta Agrawal said...

Oh my! i had a blog crush on u. happy to follow u:)
wow, totally loved its colour and texture:) Well done:)
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Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

gorgeous cake, Asha..sure he jus fell for it..

Nik Sharma said...

That is such a delicious looking cake. Love it!

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen said...

Such a beautiful layered cake, Asha! You know my favorite part, right? The cherries on top take the cake! Lovely post, too. And, happy birthday to your baby! xo

Priya Anandakumar said...

oh my oh my, the cake looks stunning and awesome. very very lovely Asha, looks like u changed ur profile pic...
Your cake is very tempting...

Sippity Sup said...

That's a beautiful site to behold. GREG

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

So gorgeous! Happy birthday to your son!

Shashi Charles said...

Beautiful pictures! The almond discs look so good and the lychee cream sounds heavenly - lychees remind me of a fruit from back home - rhambuttans.

Liz Berg said...

Such a gorgeous celebratory cake! I love how it looks on the red cake stand...so pretty! Happy birthday to your teenager :)

Amrita@Asian Slow cooking said...

Beautiful Cake with lychee cream....Yummmmy!

Maria said...

Loved it cherries and lychees yummy

Azlin Bloor said...

Looks amazing, Ash, love all the combinations here as well as the assembly! I think the lychee cream is an inspiration!

Monica said...

Lovely cake...I mean, lychee cream! And happy belated birthday to your son. I hope he adored his beautiful birthday cake. : )

kumars kitchen said...

elegant cake, especially the cherries dotting the top layer
HAVE A GREAT DAY! :-)

Shulie Foodwanderings said...

Ooh Raunier cherries. I just put on social media a question on how to use it. I think you saw it....Beautiful way to celebrate a b'day.

Nusrat Azim said...

BEAUTIFUL. Hands down ! Who would say NO to that pretty, red, gorgeous, cherry-on-top cake? - I'm in love with your photography :)

Asha Shivakumar said...

@ Shulie - I guess I did:)
Thank you everyone..XX
Nusrat- thanks honey..

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your teen! Lychee cream sounds amazing and I started to imagine how it tastes like... I love lychee~~~~! Gorgeous photography Ash!

indugetscooking said...

Teen!!! My son is 5 and I feel butterflies in my stomach when I think of handling the teen years :) Have a great time in this new phase of motherhood!

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