Long-long ago in the Soviet Union this cake became the first one to be copyrighted. The recipe was kept in secret; and the Moscow bakery that invented it had a guaranteed long line in front every day. The cake kept well for just a day, so it was made in relatively small quantities. Yet, very quickly it became exceptionally popular, and due to its shortages it was named “Ptich’e moloko”, which means birds’ milk. Right… well, it sounds much better in Russian…
Here is my version of this light and super-easy to make delightfulness…
TORTE “BIRDS’ MILK”
- 5 large eggs, separated
- ¾ cup granulated sugar, divided
- 2/3 cup cake flour, sifted twice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- 7 egg whites
- 20 g gelatin
- 1 cup sugar
- 170 g butter
- 150 g sweetened condensed milk
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 150 g bitter chocolate
- 30 g sugar
- 100 g cream
- 30 g butter
Preheat the oven to 375⁰F/190⁰C. Spray baking pan with removable bottom with cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Spray the paper with cooking spray.
Make the batter. Mix egg yolks and ½ cup of granulated sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment on high speed until the foam is 3 times its original volume and falls in thick ribbons when the whisk is lifted. Transfer to a large mixing bowl, set aside.
Place egg whites in a clean bowl and beat them with a clean whisk attachment on medium speed until frothy. Gradually add the remaining ¼ cup of granulated sugar and continue to whip until medium peaks form when the whisk is lifted.
Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture with a rubber spatula in 2 or 3 additions. Scatter all flour, vanilla, and salt over the batter and fold it just long enough to blend the flour evenly.
Prepare the gelatin. Pour ½ cup of water over the gelatin and let stay while the cake is baking.
Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread gently with a spatula. Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is golden brown and the edges star to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool.
Prepare the soufflé. Beat the butter on high speed until it starts whitening, slowly add the condensed milk.
Place soaked gelatin into a small sauce pan and add 125 g of sugar. Cook on low heat until it reaches 140⁰F/60⁰C.
Beat the egg whites on high speed with a whisk attachment; add lemon juice and 125 g of sugar and vanilla. Whisk till hard peaks form.
Lower the mixer speed to medium and gradually add gelatin mixture to the egg whites. Slowly add butter cream.
Assemble the torte. Separate the cake into two disks using a long knife. Place one half into the pan that you used for baking. Cover with half of the soufflé, cover with the second half, and the rest of the soufflé. Flatten the top with a knife. Place the torte in the fridge for 1.5-2 hrs.
In about 1.5 hours make chocolate glaze. Pour cream into a sauce pan, and 30 grams of sugar and heat up till the sugar completely dissolves. Place chocolate in a bowl, and pour hot cream over it. Whisk, till chocolate completely dissolves. Whisk in butter and make sure it is completely dissolved as well.
With a sharp knife separate the cake from the edges of the pan. Take it out and place on a serving dish. Pour chocolate glaze over the cake, letting it drip over the edges. Completely cover the cake with chocolate and let rest in the fridge for another hour. The torte is ready!