I was looking for a quirky and interesting cake for my birthday this week. I came across this.
Blitz Torte (meaning “lightning cake”) looks really interesting. While I do have German ancestors, none of them were particularly notable cooks (at least not for a few generations), and so this is really the first I’ve heard of it. So let’s give this a try…
Follow package directions for Duncan Hines Yellow Cake, except in Step 2 add 4 egg yolks instead of 2 whole eggs. Spread batter in 2 greased and floured 9-in. round or 8-in. square layer cake pans. Spread this meringue over batter: Beat 4 egg whites with few grains salt until frothy. Gradually beat in 2/3 cup sugar.
Over meringue sprinkle 2 Tablesp. sugar and 1/4 cup shaved blanched almonds. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 mins. Cool in pans 15 min. Remove from pans. Cool on rack meringue-side up.
To serve, cover meringue-side of one layer with a package of frozen red raspberries or strawberries, partially thawed and drained. Over berries spread 1 cup whipping cream whipped stiff with 2 Tablesp. sugar. (Save some whipped cream and a few berries to decorate the top.) Cover with other layer, meringue-side up. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
Usually the fun in retro cakes is making a cake from scratch. You’ve heard me pontificate about this before. But this time, the fun is all the stuff that goes on top of the cake.
I told Buzz he needed to get me an authentic 1960 package, but this was the best he could find.
Making a cake is easy enough, especially when using boxed mix.
And meringue can be whipped up (har har) quickly, too.
A sprinkle of sugar and almonds, and they were ready to bake.
Baking is where things got… weird. The cakes both doubled in volume while baking, but started collapsing when removed from the oven. The cakes had also pulled away from the inside edge of the pan, and weren’t nice straight cylinders.
Assembly is where things got difficult. Between the meringue sticking and crumbling, and trying to flip it out of the pan and then onto a rack, there were cracks and bits of cake falling off and it didn’t look much like a pretty, solid cake anymore.
Putting whipped cream and fruit in the middle, dropping the top layer on in a hurry, dolloping more on top — it was a rather haphazard assembly process!
Appearance aside, this was a pretty cool cake. Whipped cream and raspberries play nicely together, and make a delightfully creamy contrast with cake. Meringue and almond gave nice contrasting texture and sweetness to the whole thing. It’s a very interesting idea and well worth trying again in future!