Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie - Berry Surprise Cake

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 ;-)


SiHaN said...

Hello my fellow singaporean! haha. so delighted to see that. Anyway.. that still is great attempt on the cake despite the rush and you not liking the taste so much.

I would have tried it with a variation of berries too if theY weren't so expensive this season. Oh well.. look forward to next week!

Natashya said...

I had the same trouble with the sinking. I do love cream cheese though. You got a lot of height out of yours, good work!

ecrunner said...

Well I think you did a great job judging by your pictures !! You really don't like cream cheese and strawberries together?! I love it!! Looked really scrumptious!

Gabe's Girl said...

I have not tasted mine yet. I hope it tastes good. I think the strawberry flavor would go better with the taste of the filling and topping. I wish I had thought to use them.

chocolatechic said...

At least it didn't fall.

Mine didn't even rise.

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Glad it all turned out well in the end!

You did a beautiful job!

Barbara said...

You're not the only one to have problems with the cake! Mine fell before it was even in the pan.

Glad it tasted good!

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