Red Love

Slice into this cake and you’ll find beautiful layers of strawberry cake. Add this cake to your party table for a lovely touch of red this coming Christmas.

This recipe is courtesy of Cindy Chan of Baker’s Art KL and was first published in Flavours magazine.

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Ingredients
Strawberry sponge
Vanilla cream
Strawberry cream
Strawberry jelly
Strawberry syrup
Misc
Instructions
To prepare sponge layers:
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Sift flour, cornflour and ground almond together. Whip eggs and sugar until thick, pale and fluffy. Add strawberry paste. Fold in sifted dry ingredients and then add warm melted butter and mix thoroughly but lightly. Pour the mixture into 3 ring moulds measuring 15cm (6”), smoothen with spatula and bake for 8 minutes. Cut each baked sponge into a heart shape.
To prepare cream:
  1. Split the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds into the cream and whip together until soft peaks form.
To prepare strawberry cream:
  1. Whip cream with strawberry paste until soft peaks form.
To prepare strawberry jelly:
  1. Blend strawberries and cook with sugar. Add strawberry paste and gelatine. Allow to cool and chill until set.
To prepare strawberry syrup:
  1. Boil sugar and water until sugar dissolves. Add strawberry paste. Allow to cool.
To assemble the cake:
  1. Using a pastry brush, apply the strawberry syrup on each layer of sponge. Then spread a thin layer of strawberry jelly on the base sponge layer and pipe alternate lines of vanilla cream and strawberry cream to cover the sponge. Top with a second layer of sponge and repeat.
  2. Cover with the remaining layer of sponge and spread a thin layer of strawberry jelly on top. Cover the whole cake with vanilla cream.
To decorate:
  1. Spread a layer of strawberry jelly on the top and cover the sides with a layer of rolled fondant. Decorate with vanilla cream rosettes and glazed strawberries.


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