This weeks challenge was the Berry Surprise Cake. A genoise cake hollowed and filled with a cream and cream cheese filling with fruit, topped with whipped cream and fruit. This sounded like a dream and i couldn't wait to make it!
I love strawberries and as I can get them in season here, i decided to use them. I made the cake the night before and followed the recipe exactly. I was so disappointed when my cake completely sank. It had high sides and was only an inch thick. So the next morning i made another cake and hoped for the best, but it was not meant to be. THe only variation i made on the recipe was the syrup. I added a tablespoon of strawberry jam to the water and sugar mixture and let it reduce a little.
I trimmed the sides and decided to make a layer cake. I was in such a hurry to assemble the cake as i had friends arriving to try it, so it was a rush job.
My friends really liked it but I'm not sure if i'll be making this one again. The cake was very dense and heavy, and I'm not sure about the taste of the filling. I don't think the cream cheese goes with the strawberry. It wasn't bad, just not to my liking. If I do make it again i will use blueberries or raspberries and will try to make the cake properly. I wish the cakes hadn't sunk, it would have been good to try it as it should have been.
ps - i've just tried the cake again (one day later), and really, really like it. Maybe it needed time for the flavours to settle. Or my taste-buds were off yesterday ;-)