ffwD: Quartre-quarts

I served today’s ffwD assignment as the “closing act” of a four-course “thank you” dinner I made for my friend who helped me move earlier this month. From reading the list of ingredients and skimming over the recipe, this cake sounded pretty simple to make. Usually, I’m not a huge fan of the finicky egg whites into stiff peaks step, nor am I at ease when I fold the aerated fluffiness into my batter. I’m unnecessarily worried that I’ll deflate the egg whites somehow. Despite this step, I’d definitely make this cake again because it tasted delicious! The cake was very light, tender, and moist. The brown sugar crust really set this cake apart from other cakes and added such sweetness that I didn’t bother to garnish further. The two slices you see in the photos were all that was left from that evening’s dinner. The cake was a huge hit!

To see how other bloggers fared with their quartre-quarts, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

57 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:01:59

    That cake looks so yum! Need some right now with my coffee. I have Dorie’s, Baking From My Home to Yours and it’s one of my FAVES! πŸ™‚

  2. Yuri
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:12:55

    Brown sugar crust sounds heavenly! Happy Friday dear friend πŸ™‚

  3. Kathy
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:23:16

    Your cake looks absolutely perfect! What a nice end to a great meat. I really enjoyed this cake and will definitely make it again. Bet your enjoying your new Kitchen Aid!

  4. Food,Photography & France
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:29:06

    That is a delicious recipe – it’ll be adorning our table soon – thanks.

  5. Maureen
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:40:46

    Never made a cake with a brown sugar crust but it sounds (and looks) delicious!

  6. spicegirlfla
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 08:51:09

    Yumm… a brown sugar crust sounds fabulous!! I know how you feel about the egg white thing…makes me think it will be difficult, but obviously, you pulled it off very nicely!!

  7. oneexpatslife
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 09:44:44

    We loved it too. So easy and so tasty! I admit that I was not expecting much going in, it just sounded a little too basic. But sometimes the simplest recipes turn out to be the best ones.

  8. Eileen
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 09:45:31

    I don’t think I used enough brown sugar. Mine definitely didn’t have a crust. Yours looks great!

  9. JamieAnne
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:00:27

    This looks so tasty!! Yum.

  10. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:47:20

    What a perfect closing act! The brown sugar crust sounds especially yummy.

  11. Miriam
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 11:30:08

    What a tempting treat! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  12. thebigfatnoodle
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 11:41:34

    That looks divine!

  13. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 11:58:43

    Wow, looks great and at the end of such a meal too!

  14. Holly
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 11:59:40

    Wow. I love that beautiful crust. Sounds wonderful!

  15. Adriana
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 12:07:59

    Your cake looks so pretty! I’m happy yours turned out moist and delectable. I guess this is another one for my “to catch up eventually” list. I should actually start making that list! πŸ˜›

  16. Kay aka Babygirl
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 13:10:15

    I can see why this cake was a huge hit… it looks absolutely decadent and amazing.

  17. hotlyspiced
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 14:14:53

    That is a fine looking cake and it certainly looks light and moist.

  18. ceciliag
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 14:42:32

    Well, yours looks great! i am grateful that you bothered with the finickiness! c

  19. Frollicking Night Owl
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 15:50:41

    Sounds like a great meal with a great ending!

  20. Betty
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 17:05:16

    This one sounds simple and delicious! πŸ™‚

  21. TrafficDiva
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 17:32:29

    With all of the snow we are getting here in Chicago, this would be the perfect “Snuggle-Up” comfort food treat! Hello—brown sugar crust! Add a big glass of warm milk and some dvds and I say….Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow BABY!

  22. Elaine
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 18:02:49

    What a perfect ending to your thank you meal! That bit of brown sugar sure makes a difference, doesn’t it?

  23. amanda @ fake ginger
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 19:36:59

    I almost always deflate egg whites too! Ugh! Your cake looks awesome! The perfect ending to your meal! πŸ™‚

  24. betsy
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 19:42:00

    I was nervous about the egg whites too but it worked out fine. I loved how simple this was.

  25. bakingaddict
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:22:54

    Looks great! I worry about deflating my egg whites too and tend to cringe when I see a recipe that requires separating the egg and whipping the egg whites. However the result is always better so I don’t mind the extra step and washing up!

  26. Kristen
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 20:58:01

    It’s fun to see everyone’s different take on this. I love how so many can take the same recipe and make it a little different. Yours looks fabulous!

  27. Ronda
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 21:34:14

    I could use a piece of that right now.

  28. Ann
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 22:26:51

    Wow – this looks amazing! I love this sort of simple, delicious cake!

  29. kyleen
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 23:34:23

    I love the brown sugar topping. Looks like something that my brothers would love. to eat.

  30. peachkins
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 05:30:40

    That Brown Sugar Crust sounds like something I’d like….

  31. Cher
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 07:11:51

    Perfect ending to any meal! And if that’s all that was left, I guess you had a hit. Very nice.

  32. Inger Wilkerson
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 08:04:25

    Looks like it would make a great brunch cake too–though beating those egg whites would probably be even less fun for you early in the morning!

  33. Krissy
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 10:35:22

    My girls agree with you…this is great plain and they told me this recipe is a new “keeper”…I was surprised by how yummy this recipe turned out.

  34. Simply Life
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 11:51:12

    a brown sugar crust sounds amazing!

  35. sara
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 11:52:31

    Ooooh, looks lovely! That brown sugar crust looks so tasty!

  36. Confessions of a Culinary Diva
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 12:02:53

    Lucky friend – this months FFWD were a perfect Thank-You dinner. They were all winners, and this was a perfect way to end a meal. Simple but delicious. Hope you are enjoying your new house!

  37. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 12:26:43

    I agree Lucky friend and sounds like you are enjoying your kitchen aid mixer (I’m secretely jealous since I don’t own one!). πŸ™‚

    Omg, I had nightmares about stiffing peaks that fold over when beating the egg whites! I had a food science class (actually 2, FS 1 and FS2) and I messed up big time, I used plastic bowl that had some oil in it (that’s why you don’t use plastic bowl, absorbs fats!) lol

  38. sally
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 14:23:23

    The brown sugar topping sounds great!

  39. Cakelaw
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 17:42:07

    It was delicious, wasn’t it. I am not much of a fan of beating and folding in egg whites either, but this cake sure was good.

  40. Louise
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 18:53:05

    After my Chiffon Cake attempt I no longer “play” with egg white either. Too ad for me though. That cake looks lovely…

    Thanks for sharing, Yummy…

  41. Jen at The Three Little Piglets
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 00:19:37

    Simple and delicious cakes are the best kind! Sounds like the perfect closing act to me!

  42. Anita Menon
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 06:16:45

    Wow.. looks so delicious. Your friend is so so lucky

  43. Liz
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 06:38:35

    I’m thinking I overbaked mine as moist was not an adjective I would have used…though it was much better a couple days later! Glad you enjoyed! I left you an award on my Friday post πŸ™‚

  44. tinytearoom
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 08:17:33

    I also have been afraid of whipping eggwhites. I could never get it right. then I learnt the Swiss meringue method and have converted recipes to the this method and it works! this cake looks simple and moist. I love it πŸ˜€

  45. Ameena
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 10:15:56

    I have never been able to whip egg whites…not sure why I am so challenged in the kitchen?

    This looks fabulous! Hope that you are enjoying your Sunday. πŸ™‚

  46. jora
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 14:58:41

    Your cake looks delicious! I wish I hadn’t forgotten the brown sugar on mine, it looks like it adds a lot.

  47. Three-Cookies
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 16:02:31

    Supercool name! Looks inviting

  48. Audrey Allure
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 17:20:06

    Mmm looks so scrumptious!

  49. lovingdelhi
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 22:41:38

    Love it…..am i the only one who can’t see the recipe??

  50. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 22:45:36

    That really is a yummy looking cake with that brown sugar and light texture!

  51. Frankly Entertaining
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:21:56

    I thought the brown sugar was the best part, too! I might actually try it on other desserts. This one was amazing!

  52. Ann (napangel)
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 15:09:44

    You had me at brown sugar crust!

  53. Alice
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 16:04:55

    lookin’ good!! πŸ™‚ so does your Nigella recipe, although I havent had a chance to read it yet 😦

  54. Chaya
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 16:16:57

    You aced it. This came out looking light and appetizing. I could go for a piece.

  55. Karen
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 23:00:41

    Glad this was such a hit! I am not a fan of finicky egg whites either! πŸ™‚ Your cake looks perfect!

  56. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 00:29:43

    Oh that brown sugar crust is calling to me. That looks delicious!!!

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