Slagroomtaart Recipe -- Dutch Cream Cake

Cream cake
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    90 mins
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Anyone who's ever been to a (birthday) celebration in a Dutch office or home will recognize slagroomtaart, an indulgent special occasion treat made of layers of light-as-air cake, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. To cut through the richness, we like to use tart fruits, like raspberries and redcurrants, in-between the layers of cake and cream.

This slagroomtaart recipe, from De Banketbakker cookbook, has been adapted and translated for this site and republished with the permission of the publisher. While we've converted the recipe to US measurements, this is a patissier's recipe, and you'll get the best results using a kitchen scale and the original European measurements (in brackets).

What You'll Need

  • FOR THE APRICOT PURéE:
  • 1 2/3 cup  (250 g) dried apricots
  • 1 cup  (250 g) water 
  • 1 scant cup (175 g) jelly sugar (geleisuiker), see Tips
  • 1 scant cup (175 g) granulated sugar 
  • FOR THE CAKE (kapsel):
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar 
  • 1 1/2 tsp (5 g) lemon zest 
  • 1 cup (90 g) flour 
  • 3 tsp (10 g) cornstarch (corn flour/maizena)
  • FOR THE SUGARED ALMOND FLAKES (optional):
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar 
  • 1 cup  (100 g) shaved almonds
  • 1 egg (you will need 1/2 of the egg white only)
  • FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 2 cups (1 pint/500 g) heavy cream 
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) superfine (caster) sugar 
  • TO DECORATE:
  • Fresh fruit of your choice
  • Sugared almond flakes (optional)

How to Make It

  1. TO MAKE THE APRICOT PURéE: Soak the apricots in the water for at least one hour. Add the jelly sugar and granulated sugar and bring to the boil. Allow to cook for 2 minutes and purée smooth. If the purée is too thick, thin it with a few drops of water
  2. TO MAKE THE SPONGE CAKE (kapsel): Preheat the oven to 356 degrees F (180 degrees C). Whisk the eggs, salt, sugar and lemon zest in a double boiler until light and fluffy. Sieve the flour and cornstarch and fold into the mixture. Grease a cake tin measuring 10 x 2-inches (25 x 5cm) with butter and pour the batter into it. Bake the cake for 25 minutes (or until an inserted skewer comes out clean). Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a cake rack. Once cooled, cut the sponge cake (horizontally) into three even layers.
  1. TO MAKE THE SUGARED ALMONDS (optional): Preheat the oven to 320 degrees F (160 degrees C). Combine the almond flakes, sugar and egg white. Spread on a greased baking sheet and toast in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool.
  2. TO MAKE THE WHIPPED CREAM: In a clean bowl, whip the cream and sugar until it forms stiff peaks.
  3. TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKE: Slather the bottom layer of the cake with a thick covering of freshly whipped cream. Cover with a layer of fresh fruit. Now place the second layer of cake on top. Brush this cake layer with about 2/3 cup (150 g) of the apricot purée. Place the final cake layer on top. Cover the top and sides of the cake with whipped cream. Using a pastry bag with a large star nozzle, decorate the top of the cake with piped rosettes of the remaining cream and fresh fruit, and the sides of the cake with the toasted almond flakes.

Tips

  • Jelly sugar (also called jellifying sugar, jam sugar or gelling sugar, preserving sugar or geleisuiker in Dutch), is granulated sugar that contains (fruit) pectin and citric or tartaric acid. It is often used for making jellies/ jams. If you can't find it, make your own jelly sugar by adding powdered pectin to regular granulated sugar, or order geleisuiker from websites that sell Dutch groceries.
  • A serrated bread knife comes in handy when cutting the cake into even layers.
  • Also known as Moscovisch gebak in Dutch, Holtkamp's cake base is incredibly light and airy, so that the top layers don't weigh down the bottom layers. This cake recipe can also be relied on for other cakes, such as mocha cake and as a base for desserts like trifles (try using it for this Tokkelroom trifle recipe). 
  • Decorate the cake with fresh fruit, nuts or store-bought chocolate decorations, or make your own chocolate cake decorations, such as chocolate roses or chocolate leaves.