Zakhele and Tahila’s Vanilla cake

Recipe by: Zakhele and Tahila
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Caramel Sauce

20g Miso Paste
200g Castor Sugar
60g Butter
200ml Cream


1 Vanilla Pod
200g Milk
400g Cream
20g Gelatine / 4 Leaves
350g White Chocolate

Hot Milk Sponge

4 Eggs
230g Castor
250g Flour
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Vanilla Pod
160g Milk
130g Butter
50g Glucose

White Chocolate Crumble

200g sugar
80g Water
100g White chocolate

  1. Heat sugar and water to 135°C
  2. Add in chocolate and mix vigorously
  3. Place on silpat to cool


  1. Heat up the milk, butter, glucose and vanilla in a saucepan. Cool to room temperature.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk up the eggs and castor sugar until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Sift the flour and Royal baking powder into the fluffy eggs, add all at once.
  4. Mix until just combined, then pour in the milk mixture while mixing.
  5. Bake in 8 inch pans on 160°C for 25-30 minutes or until golden on top. Place the sponges onto a cooling rack to cool.
  6. Pour sugar into a saucepan and heat on low till golden brown add miso paste and butter whisk and add cream simmer for 2 mins and set aside to cool. 
  7. Heat sugar and water to 135°C, add in chocolate and mix vigorously, place on silpat to cool.
  8. In a bowl bloom the gelatine in water till spongy add to chocolate mix while hot. Heat milk in a saucepan and pour over white chocolate in a bowl and mix till melted add the vanilla pod set aside till cool.
  9. Pour cold cream into the chocolate mix and refrigerate mix in 5 mins intervals till stiffened, whisk to form fluffing of the mixture for 10 mins place back into the fridge, repeat process and place into piping bags.
  10. Place the first sponge onto the plate. Pipe a ring of namalaka cream and pour the caramel on top for the sponge to absorb, continue to pip for namaka cream and place the second sponge on top smooth out the sides and pipe the namalaka cream leaving the centre add the caramel cream on top garnish with edible flowers and white chocolate crumb.

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