Simple Delights

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Strawberry Mirror Cake

Voila.. Is winter in Australia now. Is strawberry session. How can I not take the opportunity to bake up something with strawberry.

Strawberry is in season it mean the price is cheaper and the fruit is big and juicy.Strawbeey is good at eating  fresh , coat with choclate and best for cake too. I has been "studying" this recipe for awhile. Was planning to bake this cake for one of the friend as a birthday cake . Thinking it might impress her and make her day. It seem a bit of work in making this cake so to avoid any fail , I plan to have a pre run before the actual day. So this is the result of my baking .

Yup the top is not really mirror effect. Sigh ! Sigh! How can I call a mirror cake when is clouded on the top! Arghh I really scream out loud when I saw what I did. Ok , I guess I did not wait long for the cream to set and pour in the syrup so it get melted and floating  in the jelly . Sigh... tsk tsk..

Ok enough of whinging . here is the recipe I used from my favourite blogger ->Table for 2 or more

Recipe sharing as below :

The sponge:-
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
100gm sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1 pinch cream of tartar
1 tbsp sugar
50gm sifted cake flour

Moisting syrup:- mix and cool down.
50ml hot water
1 tsbp sugar

Strawberry Bavarian Cream:-
1 ½ tbsp unflavored gelatin
150 gm fresh strawberries + strained strawberries from preparing the mirror.(pureed)
2 egg yolks
70gm sugar
180 ml milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
200ml whipping cream

Strawberry Mirror:-
250 gm fresh strawberries
150 gm sugar
180ml water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin


Assembling the cake.
1. Prepare cake. Place trimmed cake onto a 10 x 10 jelly roll pan. Put in the freezer.
2. Prepare strawberry juice.
3. Prepare bavarian cream.
4. Moisten cake with moisting sugar syrup and pour bavarian cream onto cake. Level the cream. Put in the fridge to set.
5. Prepare strawberry mirror and when mirror mixture has turned syrupy pour onto the bavarian cream layer. Place cake in the fridge to set.

Sponge cake:-
1. Preheat oven to 180/200C. Line a 10 X10 inch jelly roll pan. -> I used a square 8" pan
2. Beat eggs whites until foamy, then add in cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks, then add in 1 tbsp of sugar and beat until stiff and glossy.
3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until creamy, pale and light. Beat in vanilla.
4. Sift cake flour. Fold into egg yolk mixture.
5. Stir in 1/3 of beaten egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Then fold in the rest of the egg whites.
6. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
7. When cake has cooled, remove baking paper, trim cake so that cake will have an even surface and remove the brown upper skin. Cover and place in freezer.

Bavarian Cream:-
1. Puree strawberries and sprinkle in gelatine powder. Stir it until the gelatine is well blended in well with the puree.
2. Whip egg yolks and sugar until pale and light.
3. Bring milk to a boil and pour in 1/4 of the milk into the egg yolk mixture while still beating with a mixer. Pour in the rest of the milk slowly. Mix well.
4. Return this mixture to the fire and cook with a low fire, stirring constantly, until your finger leaves a clear trail in sauce when drawn across the back of the spoon.(Do not boil or mixture will curdle.)
5. Immediately remove from heat and stir in strawberry mixture.
6. Pour into a stainless steel bowl and place over a bowl of ice water. Stir in lemon juice. Stir once a while to prevent the sides from solidifying.
7. While waiting for the strawberry custard mixture to cool down, whip whipping cream to soft peaks. Do not overbeat!!
8. When strawberry gelatin mixture has cooled and thickened to the consistency of softly whipped cream, fold whipped cream into strawberry custard mixture.

Strawberry Mirror:-
**I prepare strawberry juice(step 1-3) in advance because I `recycle' the strained strawberry pulp from the juice into the bavarian cream.
1. Chop strawberries into large chunks.
2. Place strawberries, sugar and water into a saucepan. Lightly press the strawberries to release juice. Bring to a boil.
3. Strain the juice with a strainer and don't press the fruits at this point.
** this step to be done only after bavarian cream has set on the cake.
4. Bring the strawberry juice that was prepared earlier to a boil. Remove from fire. Sprinkle in gelatine powder and stir to ensure the gelatine has melted.
5. Put in lemon juice. Stir. Wait for it to cool down and turn syrupy.

Note : The list is long but it does not take that long to do it , I did that at night. Probably not good for myself. After a long day work , I felt tire and it really take out the patience of me.

I did this another time by doing it in a cupcake form with another type of cake ( will post the recipe soon ) , is very successful . I gave it to my friends they all love it !

However this will not be cake I bake for the birthday gal . Why ? Because it seem fail ?? No.. is because she want something else. Ha quite difficult to please when you start to give people a choice. Maybe next time should not ask just bring whatever cake that turn out well. NowI need to search for that cake recipe and hope it turn out well ..

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