Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fresh Strawberry Cake

I had the fondant itch again and this time round I wanted to create some mini cakes. I find mini cakes to be particular cute as I could make each one a different design. I decided that I would make a fresh strawberry cake as Korean strawberries are aplenty at the moment. To make sure that the cake would really stand out once cut, I added some Wilton deep pink colour to enhance it's colour. (Unfortunately I do not have any photos to show off the cool pink colour.) The batter was baked it in a 10" by 10" cake pan. Once the cake was completed cooled, I used 3" cake rings to cut out the shapes. I ended up with three mini cakes made up of 3 layers sandwiched with white chocolate buttercream. The decorations which consisted of flowers and butterfly were made a few days earlier, all done in front of the telly whilst watching my favourite programs. I definitely believe in multi-tasking.



Mini cake 1


Fresh Strawberry Cake
Recipe Adapted from RecipeZaar
Makes 16 servings


Ingredients for the Cake:

2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 strawberry essence
3/4 cup fresh crushed strawberry, unsweetened

Ingredients for the Strawberry Glaze:

1/2 to 3/4 cup crushed strawberry
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For the Cake:

1) Preheat oven to 180C.

2) Sift together: flour, salt, and baking powder.

3) In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat for a total of 3 minutes, scrapping the sides of the bowl.

4) Then add flour mixture to creamed mixture, alternating with the strawberry puree. Beat for two minutes.

4) Pour batter into two 8-inch round greased and floured cake pans. Bake in pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Turn out on to wire cooling racks to cool.

5) When cool, top with Strawberry Glaze.

For the Strawberry Glaze:

Mix together all ingredients. Use enough strawberries to thin mixture.



Mini cake 2




Mini cake 3




Mini cake 4

15 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Very beautiful! Are the flowers and butterfly made from sugar icing or marzipan?

El said...

Spectacular. I cannot believe these are mini-cakes. Such an enormous effort and well worth it. Absolutely stunning!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

I'm a mini-everything person! Your cakes are ridiculously cute. Must have very steady hands to handle such small creations, no?

OohLookBel said...

Wow, your cakes are just stunning! Love the fact that there is buttercream inside - yum!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Jo, You never stop amazed me with your cake decorating skills! They are too cute for words.

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

Oh, yes! Jo, multitasking is a gift ya know! Too bad, I can only multitask at certain things ... For things that trigger the OCD in me, no way ... I'm such a perfectionist when it comes to these tasks. *Sigh*

You're now well seasoned in fondant making! When will it be my turn!? Who knows! These look absolutely impressive! Keep it up!

Jo said...

Hi Angie the flowers are made from fondant as well. For the butterfuly I used gumpaste as I wanted it to really harden before putting it on the cake.

Hi El, Bel,Ellie, thanks.

Hi Ju, haha I don't actually have that steady a hand. Plus eye sight not that great either. But I kinda love doing fondant now.

Hi Pei-Lin, hopefully one day you will venture down this path. It's quite addictive!

Food For Tots said...

Your strawberry cakes look absolutely gorgeous! Like a piece of art! You're really a great multi-tasker! Dun think I will ever master your skill in doing the decorations.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

omg, so gorgeous! so pro!

Anncoo said...

Hi, just stumbled into your site.
WOW! These fondant mini cakes are so stunning. Very pretty :)

Pam said...

Wow! You are so very talented... all of the cakes looks so beautiful.

Sophie said...

Waw, Jo!! You are so creative & you are so talented too!! Georgous heads,..aka cakes!!

Lovely & fabulousl looking food!

pigpigscorner said...

awww so cute! You are so talented!

bake in paris said...

Simply gorgeous! You are so skillful..

Sawadee from Bangkok,
Kris

noobcook said...

These fondant creations are works of art. They look very elegant ^^

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