Sunday, May 23, 2010

The LOST finale cake, a.k.a flavors of the island (coconut and mango)

Ladies and gentleman, my LOST finale cake. Yes I did it. I'm nerdy and geeky. I couldn't resist doing something special for the finale of this show that's been keeping me breathless for days, weeks, months and years.

This cake though, is dedicated to my friend Dani. He's a big fan of  Lost, so much so that he's organized a big event in  his town in Spain, so that people can watch the show simultaneously with the west coast. In the craziness of organizing this, he asked me if I was gonna make a Lost cake. I said I wanted to make something but I wasn't sure what. He said 'well, think about the show and which flavors it makes you think about and make a cake with those flavors'. So I thought mangoes and coconut, and this cake was born.

The end result is a mango panna cotta, sandwiched between two layers of sponge cake. To make it even better, the sponge cake is soaked in coconut milk and topped with toasted coconut. And of course, I had to make something that reminded the famous Dharma Initiative logo. So I cut an eight sides poligon and left the center of the top empty.

Can you see the mango bits in the panna cotta? It's soft and creamy and you can taste that delicious mango. And the toasted coconut gives you a crunch while you're biting into that fluffly sponge cake. Are you drooling yet? Yes yes! I'm gonna give you the recipe.

Printable recipe

For the sponge cake:

6 eggs separated
150 g sugar
150 g flour

Preheat your oven to 350 F

Separate yolks and whites. Beat the yolks with the sugar until you get a creamy mixture that forms ribbons. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Incorporate the whites to the yolks very slowly trying not to deflate them. Fold from bottom to top with a spatula. Make sure your flour is sifted and incorporate it slowly folding until combined. Grease and flour two 8x8 inch pans and bake your sponge cake for about 20 min or until golden. Let the cakes cool.

For the panna cotta

1 medium mango, very ripe
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 envelopes of gelatin powder

In a food processor or blender, turn the mango into puree. Dissolve the gelatin in the recommended amount of water. Set aside. In a pot, heat the heavy cream with the sugar until 'cooked' but don't let it boil. When it's about to boil, take it out from the heat and mix it with the mango. Add the gelatin and mix well. Let it cool for a bit before assembling the cake.

To cut the cake in an eight sided polygon you'll need to freeze it. Otherwise, the panna cotta will collapse when you try to carve it. 

To assemble and cut the cake

Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Place one of the sponges at the bottom and pour the panna cotta on top of it. Put in the freezer for about 2 hr or until almost frozen. Cover the panna cotta with the other layer of sponge cake and let the whole cake sit overnight in the freezer. Remove the cake from the freezer and cut the three layers to whatever shape you'd like. Toast some coconut by placing it in a clean pan and heating it at high heat while moving it constantly. In the meantime the sponge will soften. Brush the top sponge with coconut milk. This will give it a nice look and make it sticky. Spread the coconut on top of the cake. If you want an empty space in the middle, just place a glass or mug on top of it.

Chill until it's time for you to devour. Hopefully this cake makes the end of Lost a little less bitter for you.


Debo said...

Adri como mola! Tiene muy buena pinta... muy tropical! :D
Has visto la mia? Somos unas lost geeks 8-)

Maria said...

Boca oberta :-OOOOOOOOOO, i no la puc tancar!!!

Es que estic flipant molt!!! T'ha quedat super autentic i amb gustos super inspirats en la serie!!
No l'he seguida molt (esta a la llista de coses per fer) però ja em veig sota una palmera a la platja fent un sandwitch de Sawyer-Maria-Jack i compartint aquest super sandwitch de panna cotta de mango!!!!!
Un petonet mega-crack super fan de Lost!!!

eva potter said...

BRUTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL adri!!!!! espectacular tia!!!! m'encantaria ser amb tu alla per veure la final season amb aquest super pastis!!!
nyam nyam!!! MUA!!!!!

La cuina vermella said...

Estimada amiga d'ultramar, a nosaltres ens queden dos capítols per acabar la sèrie, però si et dic la veritat l'hauria de tornar a veure tota sencera, no entenc res!!
El que si que entenc és aquest meravellós pastís que t'has marcat per saborejar el final d'aquesta saga!! Molts petons bonica i no ens expliquis el final, eh!!!

Carmen (Dulces bocados) said...

Jo no segueixo la sèrie, però em quedo amb aquesta meravella que has fet, ets tota una artistassssa, he al.lucinat, no sé que dir, estic sense paraules....
La probarem de fer a casa, m'encanta tot el que porta.

Coconut Recipes said...

That cake looks amazing! I love the toasted coconut on top.


Mercè said...

Oooooooohhhhh!!! T'ha quedat genial!! La combinació tropical, deliciosa! I què et va semblar el final?? :)

Mercè said...

Adri, doncs jo la veritat és que no l'he seguit!! L'Alfred sí, se l'ha empapat tota!! I és dels mig decebuts tot i que entén que el final fos així. (Jo no l'he vista, però n'estic al cas com si ho hagués vist tot. ;))

Julius said...

A fantastic cake, indeed!!! Could you tell me the equivalence of 1/4 cup sugar into grams o spoons? I never understand English measures. Thanks for the recipe

lisa said...

Love the tropical flavors in this cake! Coconut and mango are two of my favorites. It looks amazing.

If you call yourself geeky, then I am even more so. I went to a Lost party potluck on Sunday and made a DHARMA cheesecake. Vanilla bean and chocolate -- I went even further by icing it with the dharma symbol.

Neus said...

M'agrada molt aquesta pannacotta de mango
Ptns guapa

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