Meringue in between two layers of sponge cake, walnuts,chocolate and sweet tart cherries all covered in smooth delicious cream. This is a heavenly cake,but takes sometime to make.You can always make the sponge cake and meringue a day ahead.
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
Heat oven to 300 degrees.
On high speed beat egg whites with sugar until really stiff about 20-25 minutes . line the bottom of 9″ spring foam pan with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes on 300 degrees then reduce to 250 degrees for another 3 1/2 hours.
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
On high speed beat eggs with sugar. When the batter is stiff and light, add flour and mix it well. Pour the batter into 9” round baking pan and bake for about 25-30 minutes. Let the cake cool.
1 can Condensed Milk
3 sticks butter softened at room temp.
1 cup heavy whipping cream
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup flour
2 cups hot milk or half-half
1 tablespoon vanilla or rum
To make pastry cream:
In a saucepan,whisk egg yolks with sugar and salt.Continue until eggs are thick and pale yellow.
Whisk and gradually add flour.
By dribbles at first add hot milk or half-half.
Place the saucepan with mixture on the stove, and on low heat bring to the boil always whisking slowly.Simmer slowly ,stirring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes,to cook the flour.
Remove from heat and blend in vanilla or rum.
Transfer cream in to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming.
Let it cool.
Meanwhile, Whip the cream until nice and stiff and set a side.
Using hand or stand mixer beat butter gradually adding condensed milk.
Add cooled pastry cream by 1-2 tablespoons at first, then adding more.
Fold in whipped cream.
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp.Cherry liqueur (optional)
Combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil.Cook for couple of minutes and add the liqueur.Let cool.
Assembling the cake:
Cut the sponge cake in half.Drizzle or spray with syrup.
Spread plenty of cream.
Add walnuts and half of the cherries around the whole layer.
Place meringue on top of cherries.
Spread cream on op of meringue layer.
Add chocolate and cherries.
Spray the other half of sponge cake with syrup, and place it on top of the meringue layer.
Apply and spread the rest of the cream to the top and sides of the cake.
Decorate the cake to your preference.