It's that time of the month again. Daring Bakers every where are baking perfect party cakes. Dorie Greenspan’s Perfect Party Cake to be exact. This months challenge was picked by Morven from Food Art and Random Thoughts. And what a fantastic recipe! I have baked this particular cake a handful of times and I know I will be baking it many more times. Five more times to be precise. Yes, FIVE. I have 6 friends who have birthdays in April and 5 out of the 6 picked Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake as their birthday cake.
I was starting to panic. Not because the recipe is difficult, but what to do with all those leftover egg yolks! I finally settled on crème anglaise ice cream. A incredible ice cream recipe from Ina Garten. This will mean each of the birthday friends will receive a birthday cake and ice cream for their party.
As for the cake, I did not make many changes to the original recipe. The exceptions were the filling and not covering the top of the cake with coconut. I filled the cake with a homemade strawberry filling and then placed a large fanned strawberry on top.
If you would like to see more Perfect Party Cakes click here. If you would like to see the original recipe click here. The recipe for the strawberry filling is just below.
P.S. Unfortunately, I have to work today, so I cannot visit blogs until Monday morning. I promise I will visit and drool over all the perfectly baked party cakes!
1 pound of clean and hulled strawberries; quartered
½ cup of sugar
2 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch
The juice of half a lemon
1. Place the strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the strawberries burst and start to look like jam. Remove from heat and squeeze half a lemon. Cool completely to room temperature.
2. Put the strawberries in a food processor and pulse until small pieces of strawberry remain. It should look like a thick puree with an occasional piece of berry.
3. Move strawberry filling to a bowl and cover. Refrigerate a couple of hours. Fill cake once filling is cooled.