Othello Cake III

Marzipan cornets.

The Othello Cake progresses:  here Constance is creating the optional (but so fancy!) decorations for the top of the cake…this marzipan is made with 1/4 cup almond paste,  mixed with one egg white, 1/2 cup icing sugar and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. We roll it 1/8 inch thick, cut in circles and twist the circles into cornets.

Sampling the second try!

The cake layers will be stuck together with a custard filling.  We made it with 4 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 1/2 Tablespoons of potato flour or corn starch, 1 1/2 cups of milk, cooked over the double boiler until thick. When cool, we added 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 1/2 cup of whipping cream, whipped.  Our custard turned out disappointingly runny the first time.  We added the magical ingredient: Bird’s Custard Powder, heated it back up to boiling, and it worked the second time!

Tomorrow morning we will assemble the cake: sponge-custard-macaro(o)n-custard-sponge, then make a Chocolate icing for the top, and slather whipped cream on the sides. The marzipan decorations will go on top of the chocolate, and the cake will go into the fridge to chill.  We’ll eat it when we come home from the Opera…

To view Constance’s other opera experiences go to this link.

To view the complete Othello Cake Recipe go to this link.



8 thoughts on “Othello Cake III

  1. Wow! – it is looking so wonderful. I can hardly wait to see the finished cake in all its glory. I hope the opera is every bit as good. Is Constance taking a human with her, or will she be on the Vespa winding her way through the streets?

    • We hope Johan Botha will be over his cold, and that Renée Fleming is in fine form too! Constance will be in a pocket as usual – the Vespa is put away for the winter – too dark and wet around here.

  2. Marzipan is one of my personal favorite substances on earth. I am loving this series quite a bit, and today’s post has caused me to take pause! If I can’t find any marzipan in the stores nearby, I may just have to pay you and the Hittys a visit!!

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