Oat Flour Fruit Basket Cake
"Too simple for words: soft, tender layers of oat flour genoise are filled with preserves, whipped cream, and fresh berries. Team strawberry preserves with fresh strawberries, or pair them with apricot or peach preserves instead. In winter, swap the berries for diced bananas. It will be hard not to eat leftovers for breakfast—but there’s nothing wrong with oats and fruit for breakfast."—James Beard Award winner Alice Medrich
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 to 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
- Oat Flour Sponge Cake, baked and cooled
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup fruit preserves
- 1 1/2 pints (425 grams) blackberries or raspberries, or 1 1/2 pints (340 grams) strawberries
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Lightly sweetened whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Whip the cream with the vanilla in a chilled bowl until it begins to thicken. Add granulated sugar to taste, beating until the cream holds a good shape without being quite stiff—it will continue to stiffen as you spread it on the cake. Refrigerate the cream while you prepare the cake.
Turn the cake best-looking side up on a platter. Cut it into two layers with a serrated bread knife. If the top layer is too delicate to pick up without breaking, slide a rimless baking sheet or a flexible plastic cutting mat under it and set it aside. Spread the bottom layer evenly with the preserves. Spread all of the whipped cream over the preserves. Set aside a few berries for garnish. Cut strawberries into bite-size pieces. Arrange berries or berry pieces over the cream in a single layer with a little space between them. Press the berries well into the cream (so the top cake layer will make contact with the cream). Set the top cake layer on top of the cream and press gently to level the cake. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 1 day.
Sieve a little powdered sugar over the top of the cake and garnish with the reserved berries and whipped cream, if desired, before serving. Leftovers keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a day or so.
Excerpted from Flavor Flours by Alice Medrich (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2014.
10 to 12 servings