Strawberry Cream Cake
Dorie calls this a Berry Surprise Cake. I call it a Strawberry Cream Cake with Raspberry Coulis. The cake is a semi-fragile sponge cake with sweetened cream cheese filling, fresh strawberries, decorated with real whipped cream and served in a puddle of raspberry coulis. It was as beautiful as it was delicious!
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Berry Surprise Cake
Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen chose Berry Surprise Cake for her recipe of the week. You can find the recipe on pages 273-275 of Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking: From My Home To Yours. If you're one of the only people on the planet that doesn't yet have Dorie's book, you can skip on over to Mary Ann's blog for the recipe.
I really enjoyed this recipe, everyone else did too! The recipe calls for fresh raspberries. I didn't use fresh raspberries. There wasn't there any at the supermarket, and even if there were, the price would have been ridiculous since this is NOT raspberry season here in Rhode Island! Strawberries on the other hand, were reasonably priced, so I bought a box of them instead. I was able to buy frozen raspberries and pureed them with sugar for a raspberry coulis.
The cake itself is like a sponge cake. Very delicate with whipped egg whites and cream. Everything has to be folded in just so without deflating the egg whites. My cake didn't come out as high as I would have liked. Not sure what happened there. So, I had to improvise a bit and layer the fresh strawberries inside the cake rather than hollowing out a pocket for the hidden berries. It worked just fine.I made the cream cheese filling and used brandy in the recipe, and that was ultra-yummy too! Then, I layered it all together, and decorated the whole thing with fresh whipped cream. I had some perfect strawberries left over, so I cut them in half and decoated the cake with them.
I made the raspberry coulis by thawing out the frozen berries, adding some sugar to the berries and letting them sit fr a while. Then, I whipped it up with the immersion blender until the sugar dissolved and the puree was silky smooth. I refrigerated the cake for a about 4 hours before slicing just to make sure it held together without sliding. It cut real nice, looked very pretty inside and out, especially with the raspberry sauce!
Be sure to check out all the other Berry Surprise Cakes on the Tuesdays With Dorie blogroll!