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Mango Papaya Cake

This tropical cake features the flavors of papaya, mango, and lime.

  • Yield: Makes about 11 cups batter

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2006

Ingredients

For the assembly

For the lime sponge cakes

  • Vegetable-oil cooking spray
  • 10 large eggs, separated
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup lime zest (about 4 limes)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat cake pans with cooking spray; cover bottoms with parchment, and coat again. Set aside. Put egg yolks and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on low speed until pale and thick, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Put egg whites into the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Fold into yolk mixture.

  3. Sift together flour and baking powder; fold into egg mixture. Fold in lime zest.

  4. Divide batter among prepared pans, filling each two-thirds full. Bake until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks; let cool in pans slightly. Invert cakes onto racks. Remove parchment; reinvert. Cakes can be wrapped in plastic and stored up to 1 day.

Batter amounts and cooking times for 3-inch-deep round pans

  1. 6-INCH: 5 cups batter, 35 minutes; 8-INCH: 8 cups batter, 45 minutes; 10-INCH: 9 cups batter, 1 hour.

For assembly

  1. Cut each cake in half horizontally. Brush each layer with syrup. Spread 1 layer with filling. Place remaining layer on top. Frost tiers with frosting.

Filling and frosting amounts for each tier

  1. 6-INCH: 1/3 cup syrup per layer (2/3 cup total), 1 cup filling, 1 cup frosting; 8-INCH: 3/4 cup syrup per layer (1 1/2 cups total), 2 cups filling, 1 1/2 cups frosting; 10-INCH: 1 cup syrup per layer (2 cups total), 3 cups filling, 2 cups frosting.

Cook's Notes

Make this batter recipe 2 times for a 3-tiered cake to serve 70. Bake 1 cake for each tier, and cut into 2 layers.

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