DIY Harlequin Cake

Written by brenda priddy
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A harlequin cake is a specific kind of dessert made from sugar, butter and cocoa served with fruit filling on top. The top of the cake is often decorated with the traditional harlequin pattern, which may be why the cake received its name. The cake is simple to prepare, and is an excellent dessert for a variety of occasions and situations. Make the cake up to two days in advance, but do not put the filling on the cake until the day of the event.

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Things you need

  • Butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Egg
  • Buttermilk
  • Vanilla
  • Round baking pan
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • Whipping cream
  • Electric mixer
  • Pastry bag
  • Two kinds of pie filling

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  1. 1

    Mix 1/2 cup of butter, 1/4 cup of water and 3 tsp of cocoa powder in a small sauce pan. Heat the mixture and allow to boil for about three minutes until all of the butter melts. Stir the mixture the entire time. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Mix 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt in a medium sized bowl. Mix one egg, 1/4 cup buttermilk and one teaspoon vanilla in a separate bowl. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir.

  3. 3

    Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl. Grease the cake pan with vegetable oil spray. Pour the cake batter into the pan. Cook in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes. Allow cake to cool completely.

  4. 4

    Mix 1 cup whipping cream and 3 tbsp of sugar until it is stiff. Divide the cream into quarters. Frost the top and sides of the cake with three-quarters of the cream. Fill a pastry bag with the remaining cream. Pipe a series of diagonal lines about two inches apart across the cake. Make a second layer of diagonal lines opposite the first to make a diamond pattern. Pipe a border of cream around the outside edge of the cake.

  5. 5

    Fill the diamonds with fruit filling. Use one colour for half of the diamonds and the other colour for the other half. Fill the diamonds using a checkerboard pattern to complete a harlequin design.

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