I chose this recipe because very little is added to the whipped cream to stabilize it. Other recipes I found called for mascarpone cheese or cream cheese... I just wanted the pure, fresh flavor of berries and cream. Plus, this recipe has a great tip for stabilizing whipped cream so that you can use it in place of frosting on any cake you want. My family's birthday tradition has long been a chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting - love that I can now make my own from scratch.
Last, I love that it uses a from-scratch butter cake. Shortcake is so often plain and dry. This was the perfect texture and oh-so-moist... especially after drizzling the bottom layer with the strawberry juice!
NOTE: If you do prefer a cream cheese whipped topping with your berries and cake, Allrecipes has a very good "Sturdy Whipped Cream Frosting" recipe - just omit the almond extract. It's fantastic on chocolate cake too.
Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream Cake
|Got rave reviews from my husband's colleague and her husband, who had us to dinner last night.|
- 3 tbsp (approx) unsalted butter, for greasing pan
- 3 tbsp four, for dusting pan
- 1.5 cups flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick + 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup caster "superfine" sugar (baking section - Domino's box looks like this)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 large eggs plus 2 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- Try to allow time for the butter, eggs, and milk to come to room temp. If that's not possible you can gently nuke them in the microwave in 10 second increments, but be very careful with the eggs because they cook FAST that way.
- Preheat oven to 350. Using a small pastry brush and melted butter, butter bottom and sides of an 8 inch round cake tin. Alternatively, you can use a paper towel with the butter to grease it on as well. Line bottom of tin with non-stick baking or wax paper; butter paper and then flour bottom and sides of tin.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to well combine, set aside.
- In a mixer, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and yolks, one-at-a-time, beating well after each addition.
- Reduce the stand mixer speed to low, add the flour mixture in thirds, alternating with the milk in 2 additions, beginning with the flour and ending with the flour; beat until just combined (do not over-mix).
- Pour batter into prepared cake tin. Spread evenly.
- Bake 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
- Transfer to a wire rack; let cool in tin for 10 minutes. Remove cake from tin and return to wire rack to cool completely.
- 1.25 lbs or about 20 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled (green removed) and thinly sliced
- 1/4 + 1/4 cup castor/superfine sugar (see above link)
- 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream, cold
- 1 teaspoon unflavoured gelatin (aka gelatine) - baking aisle by jell-o
- In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the strawberries and ¼-cup sugar; set aside.
- Place two tablespoons cold water into a small-sized saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin; let soften 5 minutes. Place saucepan over low heat, and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, whisk the heavy cream and the remaining ¼-cup sugar until very soft peaks form.
- Continue to whisk, and gradually add the gelatin mixture; beat until soft peaks form.
|Soft peaks. Don't let it get too stiff.|
- Using a long serrated knife (like a bread knife) carefully cut the cake in half horizontally.
- Place the bottom half, cut side up, on a cake stand or plate.
- Drizzle the juice from the berries onto the cake.
- Evenly arrange half of the strawberry slices over the bottom cake layer. Refrigerate the remaining berries.
- Top the strawberry layer with half of the whipped cream, leaving about a 1 inch border.
- Place the top half of the cake, cut side down, onto the layer of strawberries and cream.
- Top the cake with the remaining whipped cream.
- Refrigerate the cake at least 1 hour, up to 1 day max.
- Just before serving, top the cake with the remaining chilled strawberries.
|Sliced down the middle and drizzled with fresh strawberry juices.|
|First layer of strawberries.|
|First layer of whipped cream.|
|Ready to refrigerate until until dessert time!|