Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Happy Women's Day

Today we celebrate International Women's Day. We also celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day/Mardi Gras.

But this post is about women and the lovely Mimosa Cake that is traditionally made for Women's Day. This is a traditionally Italian recipe and in fact I first tasted Mimosa Cake a couple of years ago in Sicily, and it is delicious. I've never attempted to make it myself but I found a recipe that appears to be traditional and genuine to share with you, perhaps you'll be inspired to give it a go.


For the sponge:
75 g flour
150 g sugar
75 g of potato starch
6 eggs

For the custard:
500 g of milk
4 egg
100 g sugar
25 g flour 00
lemon zest

For the whipped cream:
200 g heavy cream
50 g icing sugar
Rum or orange juice to moisten the sponge


SPONGE CAKE: whip the eggs with the sugar for at least 8 minutes. When the mixture is firmly add the sifted flour and starch and mix well. Bake for 45 minutes.
Remove from the mold and allow to cool, invert the cake, cut the base to 1 cm thick. Dig the remaining sponge cake (made the wisps that will be used for coverage), to form a vacuum which is then stuffed.

CUSTARD: Boil the milk with lemon peel, then let it cool, add egg yolks, sugar and flour, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens. When cooked, put it in a bowl to cool.

WHIPPED CREAM: Put a bowl and whip of the mixer in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pour the cold cream into the bowl from the refrigerator freezer. Beat for 1 minute with the mixer, then add the icing sugar and mount completely.

TOPPING THE CAKE MIMOSA: pour the cream into the cold cream. Dampen the sponge cake with rum or orange juice. Stuff the gap obtained with the cream. Place the base of the sponge cake upside down, with the most yellow exterior. Spread entire cake with cream made in order to create a cohesive element. Take the crumbs obtained from the excavation of sponge cake, and appiccicatele over the entire surface of the cake, giving the effect of a mimosa flower.

If you do decide to make it please let me know how it turns out! Happy Women's Day to all you lovely women out there :)


  1. Very fitting considering tomorrow Lent starts and thus ends the chance to eat cake for me :P

  2. Hehe, well except for Sundays because they're not a part of the 40 days of Lent :)


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