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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! One of the best 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 customized from Hawaiian meals blogger and cookbook writer, Alana Kysar of Fix Feast Flair. Study 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 Sixties by Herbert Matsuba. He was the proprietor of Dee Lite Bakery in Honolulu, and wished to incorporate more Hawaiian flavors into the bakery’s offerings. The guava chiffon cake was considered one of his first makes an attempt at doing so. It proved to be so common 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 offered Dee Lite Bakery to Saint-Germain Bakery in 1990. And after a robust run, both bakeries unfortunately closed in 2018. However you may replicate the well-known cake at dwelling with this guava cake recipe!

This recipe makes an genuine Hawaiian dessert.

I tailored the recipe from my buddy, Alana Kysar. She is a food blogger recognized for her Hawaiian recipes. Her first cookbook, Aloha Kitchen, got here out in 2019 and was critically acclaimed for its vast 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 Times. They printed this recipe in their Cooking section!

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Components and Substitutions

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

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

And let’s discuss 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-Goal Flour

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

Cake flour accommodates much less protein than all-purpose flour. Because of this, utilizing cake flour in a cake recipe leads to a cake with a softer and extra tender crumb.

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

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

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

I fear for those who use all-purpose flour as a substitute of cake flour, your guava cake may end up too dense and gummy!

However for those who insist, notice that swapping out the cake flour for all-purpose will not 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 entire factor. An excellent high quality model doesn't add some other fruits, sugar, or juice to the guava puree.

The place do you purchase guava puree?

In truth, guava puree will be laborious 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!). Should you dwell in a metropolis with a big Hispanic inhabitants, positively take a look at their fruits and frozen fruits part!

You can even purchase guava puree online on Amazon, however you’ll must do some digging to discover a form 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 manner 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 a substitute?

In line with The New York Times version of this recipe, you should 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 change into overly candy.

And for those who go this route, The New York Instances recommends lowering the juice earlier than utilizing on this recipe. Boil two liters of juice over excessive warmth till it’s decreased by half, about 40 minutes. Let cool fully 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 fully earlier than frosting. Should you 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 certain 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 end up 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 a substitute of a stand mixer?

Sure! Should you don’t personal a stand mixer, you may nonetheless make this recipe with a handheld electrical mixer. Simply observe 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 instances under. A handheld electrical mixer isn’t as highly effective as a stand mixer, and often 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 a substitute?

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

Should you’re baking the batter in 8-inch cake pans, Bake Time will keep the identical at 25 minutes. However for those who’re baking the batter in 9-inch cake pans, I'd begin checking for doneness earlier at 20 minutes.

FAQ: Troubleshooting Surprising Outcomes

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

Uh oh! There are a pair the explanation 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 plenty of guava puree. Make sure you take a look at the recipe recommendations on learn how to test the consistency of your whipped cream.
  2. The cake was ignored 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. Should you 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 very 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 may freeze the guava cake for frosting later.

Observe the recipe directions to make and bake the guava cake. Nevertheless, don’t make the frosting! As an alternative, cool fully 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 when you prep and make the frosting. Doing so will stop condensation from the cake from bleeding by means of the frosting. Observe the recipe directions to assemble and beautify the cake.

Finest Recipe Suggestions

Suggestions To Make This Recipe Match In Your Schedule

  • Should you don’t have time to bake the cake, make the frosting, and assemble and beautify all of it in at some point, no worries! What I like to recommend as a substitute is baking the cake a day forward, after which making the frosting and assembling your entire cake the subsequent day.

    The cake will preserve properly 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”. The easiest way to find out this texture is to do a take a look at with the whisk attachment. Dip the tip of the whisk into the cream, take away it, and shortly 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 “soft peaks” stage. Proceed whisking, then take a look at once more. If, the subsequent time you flip the whisk the wrong way up, the peaks maintain, you’re on the “stiff peaks” stage.

Extra Distinctive Sheet Cake Recipes

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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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Components

For the Guava Cake

  • 2 ½ cups (10 ounces or 284 grams) cake flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (8.5 ounces or 241 grams) guava puree, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 ounces or 227 grams) complete milk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to three drops pink OR crimson meals coloring
  • 1 ¼ cups (8.75 ounces or 248 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (2 ounces or 57 grams) canola oil
  • 6 giant egg whites, at room temperature

For the Guava Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup (8 ounces or 227 grams) chilly heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) field cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (3.5 ounces or 99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 drops pink OR crimson meals coloring
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ cup (4.25 ounces or 120 grams) guava puree, at room temperature
  • sprinkles, for garnish

Directions

  • First, make the guava cake. Place a rack within the heart of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously spray an 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray and line the underside with parchment paper. Spray the parchment, too.

  • Combine the dry substances. In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • Combine the moist substances. In a big liquid measuring cup, whisk collectively the guava, milk, vanilla, and meals coloring.

  • Cream the butter, sugar, and oil, then add the egg whites. Within the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, sugar, and oil. Beat on medium till mild, fluffy, and doubled in quantity, 3 to 4 minutes, utilizing a rubber spatula to scrape down the underside and sides of the bowl as essential. Cut back the mixer to low and add the egg whites in 3 additions, including the subsequent addition solely after the earlier one has been absolutely included and scraping down the underside and sides of the bowl after every addition. 
  • Alternate including the dry and moist substances. With the mixer nonetheless on low, add the the dry substances in three elements, alternating with the moist substances in two elements, starting and ending with the dry substances. Beat till simply mixed, then scrape down the underside and sides of the bowl as soon as extra, then beat on low for an extra 30 seconds.

  • Assemble the cake for baking. Pour the batter into the ready pan and use an offset spatula to clean its prime if essential.

  • Bake the cake. Bake for 25 to half-hour. When completed, the highest of the cake ought to bounce again when gently pressed and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake ought to come out with just a few crumbs connected. Cool fully within the pans on a wire rack earlier than frosting.
  • As soon as the cake is cool, make the guava cream cheese frostingWithin the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the cream on medium-high velocity till stiff peaks type, 4 to five minutes.Switch the whipped cream to a medium bowl.
  • Beat the cream cheese, sugar, meals coloring, and salt for the frosting, then add the guava puree. Substitute the whisk attachment with the paddle attachment. Mix the cream cheese, sugar, meals coloring and salt within the stand mixer bowl (there isn't any want to scrub the bowl!). Beat on medium-low till tender and creamy, 2 to three minutes.Cut back the mixer to low and add the guava puree in 4 additions, including the subsequent addition solely after the earlier one has been absolutely included and scraping down the underside and sides of the bowl after every addition. As soon as included, scrape down the underside and sides of the bowl as soon as extra, then beat on medium-high till the frosting is creamy and clean, 2 to three minutes.
  • Fold the whipped cream into the frosting. Scoop half of the whipped cream over the frosting and fold it in with a rubber spatula. Repeat with the remaining whipped cream and fold them in till simply mixed. At this level, it will likely be a really mild and fluffy frosting.

  • Assemble the guava sheet cake. Use an offset spatula to cowl the highest of the cake with the frosting fully. Garnish with sprinkles.
  • Serve and retailer. Serve instantly at room temperature. If serving and storing for later, refrigerate for at the very 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.

Notes

  • Should you don’t have time to bake the cake, make the frosting, and assemble and beautify all of it in at some point, no worries! What I like to recommend as a substitute is baking the cake a day forward, after which making the frosting and assembling your entire cake the subsequent day.
    The cake will preserve properly 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! 
  • You’ll discover that the recipe instructs you to whip the whipped cream to “stiff peaks”. The easiest way to find out this texture is to do a take a look at with the whisk attachment. Dip the tip of the whisk into the cream, take away it, and shortly 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 “soft peaks” stage. Proceed whisking, then take a look at once more. If, the subsequent time you flip the whisk the wrong way up, the peaks maintain, you’re on the “stiff peaks” stage.

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