Thursday, October 16, 2014

Be Royal Roulade Cake(GO KANSAS CITY ROYALS!!!)

Ohmigosh what an exciting time to live in Kansas City!!!

MOOOOOOOOSE
I heard the screams and cheers from all the way in the back of the restaurant, and I knew that the Kansas City Royals were going to the World Series! While I am not a fan of sports in any sense of the word, I can certainly appreciate the fact that this is a big deal; first time since 1985 since the Royals have been to the World Series, or even relatively close, from what I'm to understand. I was walking my dog this morning at Liberty Memorial and noticed a throng of shirts on the joggers that read "Party Like it's 1985"!

Anyway, I don't normally go with the grain, but everyone is so excited, I just had to participate. So I made a #BeRoyal Roulade Cake with a fluffy marscarpone MOOOOOOOOOOOOOSE. (The baseball player, not the animal. His name is Mike Moustakas. Everyone calls him Moose, according to my facebook feed.)

Kansas City, also known as the City of Fountains, has ceremoniously dyed its fountains bright blue in honor of the Royals. Now that we're headed off to the World Series, the time has come to show my team spirit with this cake. You can show your team spirit by recreating this cake, or buying one of these awesome things I found on Pinterest!

It sold already, apparently, but you can still check
them out here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/jillbenimble?ref=l2-shopheader-name
ROYAL ICING. GET IT???
There are a ton of cakes and cookies and confections with the signature blue and white on them! Pinterest has gone insane with it, and so has most of Kansas City. Royals fever is upon us, children, so let's brace ourselves and join in on the fun!

To celebrate your own gameday party for the world series, you can decorate cookies using ROYAL icing, in a lovely ROYAL blue, while listening to "ROYALS" by Lorde, because she (apparently) actually wrote that song based off of a picture she saw once of one of the Royals signing autographs.  I don't actually know if that's true, though.  It sounds like the kind of thing that people would make up. I guess I could just Google it, but I'm only on coffee number three right now, so I'm not exactly present. I, like the rest of Kansas City, celebrated. And even being a transplant into this lovely town, I can certainly have fun celebrating with the rest of the citizens by painting the town blue, and following the hashtags of #BeRoyal or #TaketheCrown.

#BeRoyal Roulade Cake
Spongecake
#BeRoyal Roulade Cake with CARAMEL SAUCE!!!

  • 8 eggs
  • 3 oz cake flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 oz granulated sugar
  • 1 oz powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp blue food coloring(liquid)/1 big dollop of Royal Blue Wilton Dye(the stuff's strong)
Mousse
  • 1 lb cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 lb marscarpone, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp honey, preferably local
  • juice of one lemon, about a tablespoon
  • Fat pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups/1 pint heavy whipping cream
To finish:
  • Gold sprinkles
  • Blue Spray dye(you can find it at Michaels in cans)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper and plenty of pan spray. Or butter it. It doesn't matter, so long as its thoroughly lubricated. But the parchment will make it exponentially easier for you in the long run. Just make sure you spray the parchment, too. 

Separate four of the eggs. Place the yolks, remaining four whole eggs, granulated sugar, and salt into the bowl of a standing mixer. Fit with a whisk attachment and whisk on medium speed until thick. Add your dye and increase the speed to high, making it form thick, ribbons of yummy egginess. Remove your mixture to another bowl and combine with the flour, gently. Folding it in with a whisk or spatula will be just fine. Give your bowl a quick swipe before you combine your egg whites and powdered sugar in the same mixer, and then whip it to medium-stiff peaks. Fold in everything together quite gently, and add in a little more dye if you need. You want royal blue. 

Spread evenly in your prepared pan and bake for 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your MOOOOOOOSE(hehe. Mousse.).

Wipe out your mixer bowl and combine 1 lb each of cream cheese and marscarpone cheese at room temperature, with 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, using your paddle attachment. Add in a fat pinch of salt with a squeeze of lemon juice(about a tablespoon) and about a tablespoon of honey(a nod to the Moose's Greek heritage). Scrape down the bowl and continue to whip at medium speed. Now add one egg yolk(DON'T FREAK OUT, there's enough sugar in there for it to be safe) and whip to combine. Remove the cheese mixture to a bowl and whip 2 cups heavy whipping cream in your mixer until stiff peaks have formed. Fold your stuff together and you've got yourself a heavenly marscarpone mousse.

When your cake is done, you'll want to work with it while it's still warm. Spread a layer of mousse(about 1/2" thick, maybe more, depending on your preference) on your cake, leaving about half an inch on one of the long sides for you to fold. Using the parchment paper to help, lift up the cake and fold it onto itself. Roll tightly. Tight-tight-tight is the way to go. The parchment paper will help keep the cylindrical shape. Once it's all rolled up, you can use your remaining mousse to slather on the cake. Now comes the fun part.

Take your cake to a well-ventilated area(trust me) and spray the bejeezus out of it using spray dye. Or make it easier on yourself and dye the icing...but this is more fun. Finish with bright gold sprinkles! You can add in your own twist by writing "Be Royal" along the top of the cake, or add in your own flavors to the mousse. Cut on the bias like I did for a fun effect, or just big ole' honkin' slices. 

You can bake the cake for the big day, or get the cake RIGHT NOW at Trezo Mare Ristorante in the Northland for a mere $5 a slice. But hurry! There's only so much right now!


Or, you know, buy cookies. Up to you. (But make the cake if you're a true fan.)