I love me some French toast! If I'm going out for breakfast, it's almost a guarantee that that's what I'm ordering, with a side of bacon of course.
I've been thinking for a while about how to make a French toast cake and so far any recipe I found just involved adding an extra egg or two and some cinnamon and calling it a day. That sounds okay, but French toast has so much to do with the texture, so just adjusting the flavor doesn't quite do it for me.
But then I realized we've all been thinking about this the wrong way...why are we not just French toasting the cake itself??
So I gave it a shot using my vanilla cake. I was totally prepared for it to completely fall apart or to end up a soggy disaster, but no, it was perfect. <3
I paired this beauty with some maple flavored American buttercream that uses both maple syrup and maple extract. When I gave some to my husband to sample, he asked me how I got it to taste like bacon. Bless his heart. No, there is no bacon in the buttercream, but the combination of butter and maple clearly stirs up some other favorite breakfast tastes along with it.
To start your French toast cake, you'll need two layers of a 6" or 8" round vanilla cake. I wouldn't try frying anything bigger than an 8" cake. You can use your own favorite vanilla cake recipe if you like, but results may vary. You can find my recipe here.
Using a pie dish, dip each layer on each side into the egg mixture until fully coated, but don't allow to sit more than a couple seconds.
Fry each piece in butter over medium heat until golden brown. It may take a little longer than French toast usually does due to the size of the pieces, but be patient and don't be tempted to turn the heat up too much! Make sure you have an extra wide spatula handy for flipping the pieces.
Once the fried cakes have thoroughly cooled off, ice with maple buttercream, drizzle with maple ganache, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
For a cinnamon French toast cake, I like to set aside 1/4 of the buttercream and mix it with 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and use that as the filling.
French Toast Layer Cake
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