Perfect Cakes

Perfect Cakes

by Nick Malgieri

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ISBN-13: 9780060198794
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 679,186
Product dimensions: 8.31(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.97(d)

About the Author

Nick Malgieri is the author of seven books, including A Baker's Tour, Perfect Cakes, Chocolate, and the James Beard Award–winning How to Bake. He is director of the baking program at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. His website, www.nickmalgieri .com, includes a schedule of his guest teacher appearances across the country.

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Dark and White Chocolate Cheesecake

Makes one 9-inch cheesecake, about 16 servings

Two layers of chocolate cake layers make this cheesecake complex and elegant.


2 pounds cream cheese
1 cup sugar
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 large eggs
5 ounces white chocolate, melted

One 9-inch layer 1942 Devil's Food Cake,page 212, sliced into two layers

One 3-inch-deep 9-inch springform pan, bottom buttered and lined with parchment or wax paper; one 10 x 15-inch jelly-roll pan


1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.

2. in the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat half the cream cheese on the lowest speed until smooth, no more than 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl and beater. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar in a stream, beating for no more than 30 seconds. Stop and scrape again. Add the melted dark chocolate, beating only until it is absorbed, no more than 30 seconds. Beat in 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Add 3 of the eggs, one at a time, mixing only until each is absorbed. Stop and scrape after each addition and transfer to another bowl if you only have one mixer bowl.

3. Make the white chocolate batter following the same procedure as for the dark chocolate batter, using the remaining ingredients.

4. Wrap heavy-duty aluminum foil around the bottom of the springform pan to come at least 1 inch up the sides. Place one of the cake layers in the bottom of the pan. Pour the darkchocolate batter into the pan. Place the other cake layer on the batter and pour in the white chocolate batter.

5. Place the pan in the jelly-roll pan and pour warm water into the pan to a depth of 1/2 inch. Bake the cheesecake for about 75 minutes, or until it is lightly colored and firm except for the very center. Remove from oven and take the cheesecake pan out of the hot water. Remove the foil and cool completely on a rack.

6. Wrap the cheesecake and chill overnight. Unmold according to the directions on page 97.

Strawberry Meringue Cake

Makes one 9-inch cake, about 12 servings

This is an ideal cake for June and July, when strawberries are at their peak. The fruit filling and the meringue are light, and because the recipe calls for neither whipped cream nor buttercream, there is nothing to melt in hot weather.


2 pints strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon kirsch
2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons kirsch

3/4 cup egg whites (from 6 or 7 large eggs)
1 cup sugar

Two 10-inch layers Classic Génoise, page 116


1. To make the filling, rinse, hull, and slice the berries. Place one-quarter of the berries in a saucepan with the sugar and bring to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, combine the lemon juice, kirsch, and cornstarch. Off the heat, stir the cornstarch mixture into the strawberry mixture. Return to a boil, stirring, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool, then stir in the remaining sliced berries.

3. To make the syrup, combine the water and sugar in a small pan and bring to a boil, cool. Stir in the lemon juice and kirsch.

4. Use a sharp serrated knife to slice each of the génoise layers into 2 layers. Only 3 layers will be used to assemble the cake. Place one layer on a cardboard round or platter and brush with one-third of the syrup. Spread with half the filling. Top with the second layer and, brush with syrup, and spread with the remaining filling. Place the last layer on top and moisten with the remaining syrup.

5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.

6. To make the meringue, combine the egg whites and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk over simmering water until the egg whites are hot and the sugar is dissolved. Attach the bowl to the mixer and beat with the whisk at medium speed until the meringue has increased in volume and is cool.

7. Frost the top and sides of the cake with the meringue.

8. Place the cake on a cookie sheet and put in the oven for just 3 to 4 minutes to color the meringue. Remove the cake from the oven and cool, then decorate with the reserved strawberries and the sliced almonds.

SERVING: Serve the cake as soon as it has cooled.

STORAGE: Refrigerate leftovers.

Perfect Cakes. Copyright © by Nick Malgieri. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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