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Pandan Chocolate Cream Cake

Servings: 8-10
The combination of soft pandan cake, chocolate filling and whipped cream give a very surprising taste.

For the Pandan Cake:
6 egg whites + 1/2 tsp. salt + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar + 1/2 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup pandan juice* (See How To Make Pandan Juice)
1/3 cup sugar

*How To Make Pandan Juice
In a blender combine:
2 cups pandan leaves (cut-up) plus 3/4 cup water; blend until it is very fine; then strain to get a clear juice.

Chocolate Filling:
1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour (plain flour)
1/4 cup pandan juice
1 egg
1 1/4 cups full cream (not fat-free) evaporated milk
2 tbsp. butter

For Frosting Top and Sides of Cake:
Enough whipped cream to frost the sides and the top of the cake
Freshly grated coconut to sprinkle on top and sides of the cake (optional) or chocolate shavings (optional)

For the Pandan Cake:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (350 F). Line three 9-inch (23 cm) sandwich tins (round cake pans) with baking paper.

In a large bowl mix together egg yolks, flour, baking powder, oil, pandan juice and sugar. Mix with a hand whisk until smooth.

In a clean large bowl beat egg whites, salt and cream of tartar until stiff; gradually add in sugar and continue to beat until very stiff peaks form.

Combine both mixtures together.

Pour mixture into the prepared tins and bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees C (350 F) for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cakes cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto cooling racks to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Filling:
Mix all of the filling ingredients together (except for the butter) in a saucepan and cook over low heat until filling is thick and of spreading consistency. Remove saucepan from heat; add in butter and stir well.

Place one cake layer on cake plate, spread filling evenly over top, then top with second cake layer, spread filling over top; top with third cake layer.

For Frosting Top and Sides of Cake:
Frost the top and sides of cake with whipped cream and decorate top and sides of cake with freshly grated coconut or chocolate shavings (or both).

Makes one (3-layer) cake, 8 to 10 servings.

Source: Anita Khaw
Submitted By: Anita Khaw
Date: November 6, 2003