This challenge was amazing and I loved it. I tried to create a lighter version of the original, so I used a sponge cake recipe from The Art of French Baking; prepared a kind of strawberry jam and also a chocolate cream. Although marzipan would be the best top, I used sugarpaste and tried to create roses, which came out nice.
I was not able to make all the right layers because the cake was not that big and I couldn't cut in 3. Below I have the recipes and my layer scheme.
Savoy Sponge Cake
from The Art of French Baking
4 eggs, separated
200g (7oz) caster sugar
100g (3 1/2 oz) plain flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
or grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 180º/350ºF/Gas Mark 4 and grease a 20cm cake tin with butter. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks in a separate bowl, use an electric whisk to beat the sugar and egg yolks until pale and foamy, about 5 minutes. Fold in the flour and vanilla or lemon, followed by the egg whites. Pour into the cake tin, level the surface and bake for 20 minutes.
It is supposed to cut the cake in 3, but it was too small to do it. I cut in 2 and missed the middle cake layer. Here is my layer scheme:
I forgot to tell about the whipped cream layer, maybe because it is obvious:
200ml whipping cream
icing sugar to taste
almond extract (some drops)
I used almond flavor in the cream to make the cake taste like it had marzipan, and it worked! My hubby thought that I was using marzipan, poor one. But then I told him the truth, of course. :)
This cake is very light and the whole combination is heaven.