Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177
degrees C). Grease and line bottom of a 9 inch (23 cm) cake or
springform pan with parchment paper, and then grease and flour again (or spray
with Baker's Joy).
Warm the clarified
butter until almost hot (110 degrees F). Add vanilla extract and keep warm.
Meanwhile in a small bowl
together the flour and cornstarch. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl
set over a pan of simmering water heat the eggs and sugar until just lukewarm,
stirring constantly to prevent curdling. Transfer mixture to bowl of electric
mixer and, using the whisk attachment, beat the mixture on high speed for five
minutes or until tripled in volume.
one cup of the egg mixture into the clarified butter to lighten it.
1/2 the flour mixture over the remaining egg mixture and fold it in gently with
a rubber spatula until the flour is fully incorporated. Sift the remaining
flour mixture over the batter and gently fold in until incorporated. Fold
in the butter mixture until just incorporated.
Pour into the prepared
pan (it will be about 2/3 full) and bake 25 to 35 minutes or until the cake is
golden brown and starts to shrink from the sides of the pan. Do not open the
oven door before the minimum time or the cake could collapse. Remove from oven
and place on wire rack.
Loosen the sides of the
cake with a small spatula and unmold at once onto a lightly greased rack.
Reinvert to cool. Trim the bottom and top crust and sprinkle the syrup evenly
on both sides.
In a small saucepan with
a tight fitting lid bring the sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly.
Cover immediately, remove from the heat, and allow to cool completely.
Transfer to a liquid measuring cup and stir in the liqueur. If the syrup has
slightly evaporated, add enough water to equal 3/4 cup (180 ml).
Store the cake (without
syrup) two days at room temperature or two months frozen. After adding the
syrup the flavors ripen and the moisture is more evenly distributed one day
later. The completed cake can be refrigerated up to five days and frozen up to
two months. Syrup can be refrigerated for one month in an airtight container.
This cake would be great
Cream Frosting. Split the cake in half horizontally and place on cake
round. Brush cake with 3 Tablespoons of syrup then a layer of frosting. Frost
the top and sides with frosting. Can put some frosting in a pastry bag with a
4B tip and pipe rosettes around top of cake. Another idea is to toast shaved
almonds in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes. When cool cover the sides of the
cake with the almonds.