Strawberry Rhubarb Blitz Torte


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Dietary: Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Vegetarian

Fluffy tender cake, a tangy strawberry-rhubarb sauce and a crunchy meringue - a symphony of flavors!

Prep: 10 min
Total Time: 1 h 30 min
Yield: 8-10 servings



Ingredients

Filling  

Cake

  • 8 Tbsp. unsalted butter + more for greasing pans, room temperature
  • 1 cup Hodgson Mill Unbleached & Unenriched Cake Flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar (divided)
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup untoasted almonds, sliced
  • Topping: fresh strawberries, optional

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine filling ingredients, stir well and bring to a simmer over medium heat until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally until the mixture is jamlike and has reduced to about 1-3/4 cups, about 35 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, let cool, then cover and refrigerate until cold.
  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Generously butter two 8-inch round cake pans, line pan bottoms with parchment and butter the parchment.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, use a mixer with whisk attachment to cream butter with 1/2 cup sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally.  Add egg yolks, one at a time while beating at medium speed to incorporate. Scrape down bowl and beat mixture for 2 minutes until bright yellow.  In a small bowl, combine milk and vanilla.
  • Gradually add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the creamed butter/eggs and beat just until incorporated. Pour in milk mixture; mix at low speed until just blended and then add remaining flour, beating until incorporated.  Divide the batter evenly between prepared pans, smoothing tops.
  • In a clean bowl, use a mixer with a clean whisk attachment to beat the egg whites at medium speed until frothy, about 2 minutes.  Gradually sprinkle in the remaining 3/4 cup sugar, scraping down bowl as needed. Beat whites on high speed until glossy, medium peaks form, about 6 minutes.  Divide the meringue evenly between the cake pans, spreading over the batter with the back of a spoon, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around uncovered. Do not smooth meringue tops; sprinkle sliced almonds over the meringue and bake until puffed and lightly browned, about 25 minutes.  Let layers cool in their pans on a cooling rack; tops will sink considerably.
  • ​​​​​​​While the cakes are still warm, run a knife or small offset spatula around the sides of the cake layers to loosen them from the pans. 
  • ​​​​​​​After the layers are cool, carefully invert the less attractive layer onto a baking sheet and remove the parchment.  Invert onto a serving platter so meringue side is up.  Gently spread the strawberry-rhubarb filling over the top and cover with the other cake layer, meringue side up.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The cake may be assembled to this point a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator, loosely covered with plastic wrap.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To serve, top with fresh strawberries, if desired and slice gently using a serrated knife.

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