A moist, fluffy cake that pairs very well with fruit flavored compote or jam, frosted with a fluffy swiss meringue buttercream frosting, this makes the perfect party cake
1. Although the original recipe calls for 2 x 9 inch pans, I recommend using 2 x 8 inch pans at 150 C for a little longer time instead (40 minutes of baking time in this recipe). The cake layers are not very high in a 9 inch pan, and you end up with flatter cake layers. I used 9 inch pans and landed up with 3 layers, instead of the 4 that I had planned for.
2. Cake Flour is flour with low gluten content, which can be measured by its protein content. Cake flour should have a protein content in the range of 7-8%. In Switzerland, we don´t have easy access to cake flour. All purpose flour (APF), also called as Weissmehl, has a protein content of 12%. Convert APF to cake flour by using the following ratio: 1 cup of cake flour = (1 cup of all purpose flour - 2 tablespoons) + 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
3. To make buttermilk, which is not easily available in Switzerland, you could mix yoghurt and milk in the ratio: 1 cup buttermilk = 1/3 cup whole milk + 2/3 cup yoghurt. Mix this well and use in place of buttermilk
4. As with most cake recipes, always make sure all ingredients you use are at room temperature, keep your eggs, buttermilk and butter on the counter at least an hour before you begin baking
5. A word on Swiss meringue buttercream (SMBC) - This is a very stable, fluffy and light buttercream, a favorite in my books. The light texture is due to the meringue that is created with the egg whites. The amount of sweetness is much less that regular buttercream which uses confectioners sugar and butter. It is perfect for frosting a cake, and spreads easily and very evenly. Extremely resilient, SMBC can stay fresh if kept on the counter at room temperature for upto 24 hours and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. SMBC should ideally be served at room temperature. If kept refrigerated, you can take it out when needed, let it reach room temperature and re-whip it for 5 minutes.