Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Ikea Daim Cake - Take Two

I'm almost there! Even with all my modifications, I beleive I have almost made the Ikea Daim Cake also known as the Almondy Cake. Heck, my son even thinks my version is better so I guess that is something in itself isnt it!

For those of you not familiar with this cake, it is a delicious nutty cake with Daim chocolate. It is one of the 'must-haves' at the Ikea cafe and you can also get the whole cake, frozen that is, from the Ikea deli just after the exit - at the Kuala Lumpur, Ikea anyway.

I tried making this before but the custard icing I tried turned out really runny. I've also learnt (after making this cake again) after a trip to Ikea, that the yellow layer in the cake is actually marzipan. So I guess my doing an almond flavoured pastry cream wasnt too far off the mark!

For the base of the cake, I made a Joconde - the same Joconde from the Opera Cake made for a DB challenge .

For the chocolate topping, instead of using Daim chocolates, I used Toblerone. Then I sprinkled Roasted Almonds all over.

This is what I did:

2 tbsps (30g) unsalted butter, melted
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 tbsps granulated sugar
1 cups (110) almond flour or finely ground almonds
1 cups icing sugar, sifted
3 large eggs
¼ cup all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). Line jelly-roll pan with parchment paper, and coat parchment with 1 tbsp of the melted butter.
In a clean, dry mixer bowl fitted with the whisk attachment, whip on low speed until the whites become foamy, then whip on medium-high speed until the whites reach soft peaks. Add granulated sugar, and whip on high speed until the whites are stiff and glossy.
In a separate mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat almond flour, icing sugar, and eggs on medium speed for 3 minutes or until light and voluminous. Add flour and beat at low speed until it disappears. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold meringue into the almond mixture, then fold in the remaining melted butter until just combined. Spread mixture into pan and spread evenly.
Bake cake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and let cool to room temperature.

Pastry Cream

1 1/4 cups (300 ml) milk
1/2 tsp almond essence
3 large egg yolks
1/4 cup (50 grams) caster sugar
1/8 cup (20 grams) all-purpose flour
Scant 3 tablespoons (20 grams) cornstarch
50g butter
5 tbsp icing sugar

In a medium-sized stainless steel bowl, mix the caster sugar and egg yolks together with a wooden spoon. (Never let the mixture sit too long or you will get pieces of egg forming.) Sift the flour and cornstarch together and then add to the egg mixture, mixing until you get a smooth paste. Set aside.

Meanwhile in a saucepan heat the milk on medium heat until boiling. (The milk will foam up to the top of pan when done, so watch carefully.) Remove from heat and add slowly to egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling. (If you get a few pieces of egg (curdling) in the mixture, pour through a strainer.)

Place the egg mixture back into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling, whisking constantly. When it boils, whisk mixture constantly for another 30 - 60 seconds until it becomes very thick and it is hard to stir.

Remove from heat and immediately whisk in the almond essence. Pour into a clean bowl and immediately cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming. Cool. Beat with icing sugar before using to firm it up a little more and get rid of any lumps that may have formed.

250g Dark Toblerone
200ml Cream
Roasted Almonds

Break chocolate and place into a heat proof bowl. Boil the cream and then pour over the chocolate. Mix well till melted and then let cool.

Layer the Joconde with the almond pastry cream. Then cover with the Chocolate Ganache and Roasted Almonds.

In retrospect, I think I should have baked the joconde a bit longer to make it crisper. I should also have halved the recipe and then cut the cake to get really thin layers. I'd also chop the toblerone and add it to the top of the cake with a ganache rather than just melting it down into a ganache. Other than that, I think this cake was really scrumptous.

Maybe Take Three might produce the perfect Ikea Daim Cake...or at the very least a further improvement on this one!

Ikea Daim Cake - Take 3 was done in February 2009 and I think this is the best and closest version yet!!!


Dee said...

I practically live in Ikea, and I've never tried the Daim cake. Seen it though, and my vote goes to yours. Was this a special ocassion cake, or is this standard in your house - leading up to, when can I come over?

The sambar looks great - I'm going to check it out and then compare notes with my grandma :) Really need to do more Indian cooking but I have tough acts to follow.

GFAD said...

Goodness Dharm.. to replicate a well-known cake.. *reads with admiration*

How does the lovely wife maintain her figure with all your mouthwatering creations!! :)

How would one cut a cake into really thin layers nicely? I have trouble even cutting a cake into half!!

Looking forward to Take 3!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

The closest Ikea is in Vancouver. I sure hope we get one here soon. I love all their storage ideas!!!! I have not had this cake there...but I have had their salmon. I suppose that their menu is different in all parts of the world to appeal to all tastes.

maybelle's mom said...

Wow, I don't even think I have tried that cake, but now I want to try yours. (BTW, we will be having sambar this week, thanks to you. I couldn't bear reading your entry without eating some.)

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Beautiful cake Dharm...anything with Toblerone is great in my books!

NĂºria said...

He, he... I'm an Ikea fan! But never tasted its Cake! Now, this will be first thing I do next time I go to buy something. :D

Anonymous said...

Dharm, that looks suspiciously like Ikea's take on a Boston Cream Pie ;-)

Glad to see you are enjoying Ikea and all its offerings.

Deeba PAB said...

Love everything about the cake Dharm...it looks delicious beyond words. We don't have kea here, so Daim Cake makes little sense. Now, Dharm Cake, which is here makes a load of yummy sense!
Was here first to check out the DB post...no pizza tossed?

Shea said...

You are my new hero! I went to Ikea today and tried this cake for the first time and I'm absolutely in love with it. The one I tried though, had a very thin layer of caramel in it too. That would be a great thing to add between the thin layers of your next one. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I'll be making this asap!


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