Strawberry Cream Cake
January 20, 2009 § 4 Comments
I typically only post recipes that I like but I’m going to make an exception this time because there was part of this recipe that I really liked and a part that I didn’t like, at all. I’ve been craving a fruity dessert, maybe a fruit tart or something. Then I thought about the Asian cakes that my Mom used to buy for me when I was little. One of my favorite was a strawberry cream cake. Whipped cream filling and icing with lots of fresh strawberries. I’ve also had pineapple and other fruit ones but there’s just something about strawberries and cream
I came across a recipe on Cook’s Illustrated online called (wait for it) Strawberry Cream Cake! Huh, whatta y’know? After reading through it, I knew I had to try it. This was the result.
I think the cake is very pretty and simplistic. But what you can’t tell from the picture was that the cake sucked. I mean, I didn’t like it at all, hated it so much that I ended up discarding the cake and just eating the strawberry and cream.
I was very disappointed with the cake’s texture, heavy, dense, and bland. Now I know adding whipped egg white to a cake batter produces a lighter, almost spongy like texture. It was spongy, but firm and not quite the light fluffy cake I was expecting. Maybe I overmixed the batter or didn’t do something quite right in the folding. But beyond the texture, which I didn’t think complemented the strawberry and cream at all, the cake was just blah on flavor.
The cream, on the other hand, was a winner! I don’t recall having whipped cream with cream cheese combine but it was delicious. The cream cheese was subtle that creates a distinctive taste, heavier than stiffed whipped cream. It complimented the strawberries (which were quite good for this time of the year). I’m not sure how many people have tried it this way but I highly recommend it if you like strawberries and whipped cream.
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 cups heavy cream