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...
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.
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...
...Five minutes later, not exactly creamy, but this will do, I’m pretty sure the cake will turn out okay!
Time to add the eggs! Incorporating them one at a time!
And the sour cream! (Sorry for the blurry pic >.<)
Finally I added the dry ingredients to the mix, folding them to avoid the formation of clumps...
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 ^^
Into the oven for 50mins at 350F... time to clean! I’m glad I didn’t make any mess :3
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.
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
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 ^^;
Spread the strawberries on the bottom half of the cake, and then added some of the frosting to “glue” the two halves together.
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...
Decided to slice another pound of strawberries to garnish the cake...
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