Macarons are sweet French confectionary items made from egg whites, sugar, almond powder, and food colour. These are little cookies which makes a perfect combination with a cup of coffee. They contain a creamy filling sandwiched in between two colourful layers of cookies. The filling can be prepared in any flavour according to your taste. Macarons are loved by the group of all ages. It is made by a number of bakeries to provide a true essence of French delights. These delicate food items are enclosed in specially designed Macaron boxes to retain their freshness and taste. Moreover, these custom boxes also prevent them from getting damaged. After its worldwide acceptance, various manufacturers have worked on its recipe to take it a step further. Macaron cake is a wonderful creation. It can be prepared in various combinations of flavours and toppings. The most common one is raspberry lemon Macaron cake. The combination of raspberry with lemon tart adds an incredible taste to the delight. The Macaron cake is filled with fluffy cream frosting, homemade lemon raspberry curd and a number of raspberries.
- Macaron Cake Layers
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/3 cup and 1 1/2 teaspoons of all-purpose flour
- 2 3/4 cups and 2 1/2 teaspoons confectioner’s sugar
- 6 egg whites at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Red food colour, gel only
Raspberry Lemon Curd:
- 1/3 cup strained the lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup crushed raspberries
- 1/2 teaspoon raspberry extract
Whipped Cream Frosting:
- 2 cups chilled heavy cream
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
- 1 cup white melted chocolate chips
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
Step 1: Prepare the baking sheet
Take three baking sheets and line them with parchment paper. Trace the circles of 6-inches each on its back. At the same time prepare a big pastry bag and fit it with a simple round tip.
Step 2: Make the Batter
Mix almond all-purpose flour, almond flour, and sugar in a large size bowl. Take another bowl and whisk the egg whites at sugar at high speed for about 4-5 minutes. Beat until stiff peaks form. Add a few drops of food colour and mix it again. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients, fold and mix thoroughly until the batter achieves the ribbon stage.
Step 3: Pipe the Batter on the Baking Tray
Shift the batter to a pastry bag. Start from the center of each circle and pipe the mixture on the parchment paper. Make flat disks approximately 1 cm in height. Pipe the remaining batter to 2.5 cm Macaron disks. Gently tap the baking tray against the kitchen counter. This will release the air bubble. Keep the macarons in this condition for 1 hour, allowing them to form a thin shell outside.
Step 4: Prepare the Raspberry Lemon Curd
As the Macarons are resting, preheat the oven at 160°C or 320°F. Sidewise, prepare the raspberry lemon curd. Take a small saucepan and mix the lemon juice, sugar, egg yolks and salt in it. Add corn starch in water to make slurry and add it in the saucepan. Now heat the curd in medium flame and whisk constantly. It will take about 7 minutes to thick the mixture and start forming bubbles. Remove the curd from the stove and add butter to it. Whisk well until the butter gets melted. At last, add the crushed raspberries and extract. Transfer it to a large bowl and cover the bowl using plastic wrap. Let it cool in the refrigerator.
Step 5: Bake the Macarons
Bake the rested Macarons for about 18-20 minutes in a pre-heated oven. As they bake, take them out and let cool on the parchment paper.
Step 6: Make Whipped Cream Frosting
Take a mixing bowl, whisk together heavy cream, vanilla and sugar until soft peaks form. In another bowl, whisk mascarpone cheese and melted chocolate for a minute until they get creamy. Add the cheese mixture to the whipped cream. Whisk them again for 2 minutes. Transfer the cream to a pastry bag and fix it with a French star tip.
Step 7: Assemble the Cake
Now it’s the time to assemble the cake. Pipe dollops of cream on each Macaron layer, top them with raspberries and add a good amount of lemon curd in their center. Garnish the top with more whipped cream, raspberries and extra Macaron disks. Set your Macaron cake in the refrigerator
for at least 1 day. Allow the Macarons to mature. When they become ready to serve, slice the cake using a sharp knife.
Macarons are delicious food items. They are packed in specially design food boxes to protect them from spoilage. Long cookie boxes with inserts tray are used to place the Macarons one after the other. This keeps the delights at their place and prevents the creamy filling from messing all around. Moreover, if you wish to store Macaron cake or want to take it to a friend’s home, use custom printed boxes or large-sized Macaron boxes for this purpose. Such packaging keeps the Macaron cake safe and retains its taste for long. ThecustomBoxes.com provides best packaging macaron boxes.