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About This Guava Cake

This vibrant pink guava cake is a enjoyable and distinctive sheet cake recipe! It’s made with a moist and flavorful guava sponge cake, that’s then topped with a tangy, creamy, light-as-air guava cream cheese frosting! The perfect half?

The recipe makes an additional fruity and flavorful guava cake because it makes use of guava puree in each the cake AND frosting.

This genuine Hawaiian dessert recipe is tailored from Hawaiian meals blogger and cookbook creator, Alana Kysar of Repair Feast Aptitude. Be taught extra under!

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Why You Ought to Make The Recipe

Listed here are all the explanations to make this vibrant pink guava cake:

Guava cake was first invented within the Nineteen Sixties by Herbert Matsuba. He was the proprietor of Dee Lite Bakery in Honolulu, and wished to include extra Hawaiian flavors into the bakery’s choices. The guava chiffon cake was considered one of his first makes an attempt at doing so. It proved to be so well-liked that he later added a ardour fruit chiffon cake to the menu, in addition to a rainbow cake that mixes guava, ardour fruit, and lime.

Herbert later bought Dee Lite Bakery to Saint-Germain Bakery in 1990. And after a powerful run, each bakeries sadly closed in 2018. However you possibly can replicate the well-known cake at residence with this guava cake recipe!

This recipe makes an genuine Hawaiian dessert.

I tailored the recipe from my pal, Alana Kysar. She is a meals blogger identified for her Hawaiian recipes. Her first cookbook, Aloha Kitchen, got here out in 2019 and was critically acclaimed for its large breadth of Hawaiian recipes. I beforehand made her recipes for Hawaiian Candy Bread Rolls and Ardour Fruit Malasadas (Hawaiian Donuts). Each had been a smash hit!

I used to be particularly excited to make her recipe for guava cake as a result of it has the gold stamp of approval from The New York Occasions. They printed this recipe of their Cooking part!

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Elements and Substitutions

Now that I’ve satisfied you to make this tropical guava cake, right here’s every thing you want:

Buying Checklist For Guava Cake Recipe

  • cake flour
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter
  • granulated sugar
  • giant eggs
  • canola oil
  • complete milk
  • pure vanilla extract
  • guava puree
  • pink OR purple meals coloring
  • heavy cream
  • cream cheese

And let’s speak about some key substances and their potential substitutions:

Cake Flour

You want 2 ½ cups cake flour to make the guava cake.

Cake Flour versus All-Function Flour

Within the grocery retailer, you’ll doubtless discover an aisle of extra flour varieties than you’ll have thought existed: all-purpose, bread, cake, pastry, and plenty of extra. These varieties are outlined by their protein percentages.

Cake flour comprises much less protein than all-purpose flour. Consequently, utilizing cake flour in a cake recipe ends in a cake with a softer and extra tender crumb.

If you happen to want a model advice, my favourite cake flour is Swans Down Cake Flour.

Can I take advantage of all-purpose flour as an alternative of cake flour on this guava cake recipe?

Sure, however I don’t suggest it. Why? The recipe makes a chiffon cake, which is denser than conventional desserts. It additionally comprises extra liquid (within the type of guava puree) than what’s sometimes present in different cake recipes. All that additional liquid offers the cake its great, fruity taste.

I fear should you use all-purpose flour as an alternative of cake flour, your guava cake may prove too dense and gummy!

However should you insist, be aware that swapping out the cake flour for all-purpose shouldn’t be a 1:1 substitution. You may be taught extra in this Food52 article.

Guava Puree

You want 1 cup guava puree to make the cake, plus one other ½ cup to make the frosting.

What’s guava puree?

Guava puree is actually simply guava fruit that has been pureed and strained of its seeds. Some manufacturers puree the pores and skin of the fruit in addition to the flesh; others puree your complete factor. high quality model doesn’t add another fruits, sugar, or juice to the guava puree.

The place do you purchase guava puree?

Honestly, guava puree may be exhausting to search out. I discovered my guava puree (Goya Guava Fruit Pulp) within the frozen fruit aisle of a Mexican grocery store in Portland (El Campesino, for you fellow Portlanders!). If you happen to stay in a metropolis with a big Hispanic inhabitants, undoubtedly try their fruits and frozen fruits part!

It’s also possible to buy guava puree on-line on Amazon, however you’ll must do some digging to discover a variety with none added sugars or flavors. I do know many French pastry colleges use this type by Les Vergers Boiron. Let me warn you now although—it’s approach pricier than the Goya Guava Fruit Pulp than I used!

Assist! I can’t discover guava puree. What ought to I take advantage of as an alternative?

Based on The New York Occasions model of this recipe, you need to use 100% pink or white guava juice/focus like Ceres Guava Juice. Keep away from juices that include any added sugar so the cake doesn’t turn into overly candy.

And should you go this route, The New York Occasions recommends lowering the juice earlier than utilizing on this recipe. Boil two liters of juice over excessive warmth till it’s lowered by half, about 40 minutes. Let cool utterly earlier than utilizing.

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How To Make Guava Cake

Listed here are the essential steps to make this guava cake from scratch:

First, make the guava cake and funky it.

  1. Prep the substances for the guava cake. (Prep Time: 5 minutes)
    When making this cake, it’s vital that every one your substances are on the temperature listed within the recipe. In any other case, they’ll have bother combining collectively. If utilizing frozen guava puree, thaw it accordingly!
  2. Make the guava cake. (Work Time: 10 minutes)
  3. Bake the guava cake. (Bake Time: 25 to half-hour)
  4. Cool the guava cake. (Cool Time: 1 to 2 hours)
    It’s particularly vital that the guava cake is cooled utterly earlier than frosting. If you happen to frost the cake whereas it’s nonetheless heat, it should soften the frosting!

Subsequent, make the guava cream cheese frosting and assemble the cake.

  1. Prep the substances for the guava cream cheese frosting. (Prep Time: 5 minutes)
    Once more, make sure that all of your substances are on the temperature listed within the recipe. If the cream cheese or guava puree is simply too chilly, the frosting will prove lumpy!
  2. Make the guava cream cheese frosting. (Work Time: 10 minutes)
  3. Assemble the guava cake. (Work Time: 5 minutes)
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Troubleshooting and FAQ

FAQ: Baking Gear and Instruments Wanted To Make Guava Cake

Can I take advantage of a handheld electrical mixer as an alternative of a stand mixer?

Sure! If you happen to don’t personal a stand mixer, you possibly can nonetheless make this recipe with a handheld electrical mixer. Simply comply with the directions to combine every thing—the one distinction is that you could be want so as to add a few minutes to my mixing occasions under. A handheld electrical mixer isn’t as highly effective as a stand mixer, and normally requires 1 to 2 minutes of additional mixing to get the identical outcomes.

I don’t personal a 9 x 13-inch cake pan. Can I make this as a layer cake as an alternative?

Sure! If you wish to make this recipe as a layer cake, you may have two choices. You may bake the batter in two 8-inch OR 9-inch spherical cake pans to make a 2-layer cake. Comply with the recipe directions to make the batter, then divide it in half between the 2 cake pans.

If you happen to’re baking the batter in 8-inch cake pans, Bake Time will keep the identical at 25 minutes. However should you’re baking the batter in 9-inch cake pans, I might begin checking for doneness earlier at 20 minutes.

FAQ: Troubleshooting Surprising Outcomes

Assist! My guava cream cheese frosting was so unfastened and runny. What did I do flawed?

Uh oh! There are a pair the reason why your cream cheese frosting turned out too runny:

  1. You didn’t whip the cream to stiff peaks. It’s particularly vital to whip the cream to the feel described within the recipe. Why? You’ll be including it to a reasonably runny base with numerous guava puree. Be sure you try the recipe tips about easy methods to test the consistency of your whipped cream.
  2. The cake was neglected at room temperature too lengthy. Within the recipe under, I instruct you to serve the cake instantly after frosting OR refrigerate for a few hours to assist set the frosting. If you happen to don’t refrigerate the cake, the frosting will get too heat and begin to get runny!

FAQ: How To Retailer The Guava Cake

How To Retailer Guava Cake

f serving and storing for later, refrigerate for at the least 2 hours to maintain the frosting cool and fluffy. Thaw at room temperature for half-hour earlier than serving.The cake will preserve, loosely lined in plastic wrap, within the fridge for as much as 3 days.

Are you able to freeze guava cake?

Sure, you possibly can freeze the guava cake for frosting later.

Comply with the recipe directions to make and bake the guava cake. Nevertheless, don’t make the frosting! As an alternative, cool utterly on a wire rack. As soon as cool, tightly wrap the cake, nonetheless in its sheet pan, in plastic wrap. Freeze for as much as 3 months.

When able to serve, thaw within the fridge in a single day. Then, thaw at room temperature for five t0 10 minutes whilst you prep and make the frosting. Doing so will forestall condensation from the cake from bleeding by way of the frosting. Comply with the recipe directions to assemble and embellish the cake.

Finest Recipe Suggestions

Suggestions To Make This Recipe Match In Your Schedule

  • If you happen to don’t have time to bake the cake, make the frosting, and assemble and embellish all of it in sooner or later, no worries! What I like to recommend as an alternative is baking the cake a day forward, after which making the frosting and assembling your complete cake the following day.

    The cake will preserve nicely tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, simply in your countertop (there’s no must refrigerate the baked cake).Then, everytime you’re able to serve the cake, make the frosting and assemble every thing proper earlier than serving! 

Suggestions About The Recipe’s Methods

  • You’ll discover that the recipe instructs you to whip the whipped cream to “stiff peaks”. One of the best ways to find out this texture is to do a check with the whisk attachment. Dip the tip of the whisk into the cream, take away it, and rapidly flip it the wrong way up.

    If the cream is simply too tender, it should slide off the whisk, and also you’ll must preserve whisking. If the cream has a cloud-like construction however with peaks that lose their form, you’re on the “tender peaks” stage. Proceed whisking, then check once more. If, the following time you flip the whisk the wrong way up, the peaks maintain, you’re on the “stiff peaks” stage.

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Guava Cake Recipe

yield: 1 (9 x 13-inch) sheet cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Work Time: 25 minutes

Bake Time: 25 minutes

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