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Cooking with TAY: Strawberry Shortcake

On Thursday’s TAY Time Chat, I challenged myself to prepare the same recipe Barkspawn did for her brother’s birthday, a Strawberry Shortcake, a pretty straightforward cake, but having a simple recipe doesn’t mean I didn’t have problems preparing it...

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Thankfully the Paper Mario Sticker Star Soundtrack helped me through my misadventure ^^;

To prepare the cake I used:

  • 1-1/2 cup Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 - 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1-1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3 whole Large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

I set up my area and prepared the ingredients to be used, clean kitchen, and everything organized to avoid making a mess, if you have a keen eye you’ll notice a vanilla bean, yep that was one of the many things I changed regarding the original recipe, I also reduced the amount of butter, and to make up for it I added an extra spoon of Sour Cream.

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Sifted the flour and the other dry ingredients and set them apart. In a different bowl, I added the sugar and the softened butter... only to realize, I don’t have a stand mixer here ^^ creaming butter by hand it’s quite the ordeal...

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...Five minutes later, not exactly creamy, but this will do, I’m pretty sure the cake will turn out okay!

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Time to add the eggs! Incorporating them one at a time!

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And the sour cream! (Sorry for the blurry pic >.<)

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Finally I added the dry ingredients to the mix, folding them to avoid the formation of clumps...

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Poured the mix into the cake pan, oh yeah, my round cake pan was at my aunt’s house, and since I was baking the cake for her birthday, I just couldn’t ask her to return it ^^

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Into the oven for 50mins at 350F... time to clean! I’m glad I didn’t make any mess :3

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While the cake is in the oven I started slicing the strawberries, and let them sit in a bowl for 30 mins with some sugar, but I noticed it would take me too long to have the syrup ready, so I opted out to microwave them for various short burst of heat.

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Cake’s ready... and look at that beautiful brown crust :3

Time to prepare the frosting!

  • 1/2 pound Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
  • 1 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/4 Cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
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If I don’t have a stand mixer how the heck am I going to whip the cream cheese, and more importantly double the volume of the heavy cream?... that’s when I remembered I had a hand mixer ^^;

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Spread the strawberries on the bottom half of the cake, and then added some of the frosting to “glue” the two halves together.

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and actually frosting it was the difficult part... I’m not very adept at using instruments with my hands, but after 20 minutes of suffering I managed to make the frosting look “presentable” but it looked too plain...

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Decided to slice another pound of strawberries to garnish the cake...

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et voila!

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All sliced and ready to eat!

In my personal opinion, the cake was just alright, but people loved it... Mission Accomplished! Next time I prepare this cake... I’ll spice the strawberries with a bit of sherry and black pepper :3

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