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Monday, July 30, 2007

Pretty in Pink

Time flies so fast I almost forgot it's Daring Baker's Challenge once again. July has been a very hectic and busy month for me so I made this cake beforehand. As you all know I've been preoccupied with birthday cakes lately and I'm still not finish yet since my son will be celebrating his birthday this coming Saturday. I have so many things to do yet very little time to accomplish everything. You won't be seeing much of me this week so I think this cake will keep you preoccupied till then.



This month Peabody is hosting the challenge and she has chosen Strawberry Mirror Cake. The first time I learned that this was July's challenge, I was really excited. I have wanted to do this early this month but I have to postpone it until the third week since I wanted to get hold of good strawberries. I used quite a lot of strawberries for this recipe and frankly it was a bit pricey for me nevertheless I have this intuition that this cake would really be great so I went ahead with the challenge.




I made the right decision in making the cake because it turned out super delicious. I have to admit I was hesitant at first to make one whole recipe since I know for a fact that my hubby and eldest son doesn't like anything with strawberries. I was worried that my youngest son and I would end up eating all the cake but to my surprise my picky hubby and eldest son loved it as well. It was heartwarming to receive complements from them.




I really had no problem with the whole recipe because it was easy to make although it was time consuming but nevertheless worth embarking. I baked the cake using a heart shape springform pan since my oven couldn't accommodate an 11x17 jelly roll pan.





This cake is made of layers of sponge cake filled with Strawberry Bavarian cream topped with strawberry mirror. I couldn't find enough words to describe the taste of the cake but one thing for sure this is one of the best cake I've made so far. I'm really impressed. I would be more than willing to make this cake again and again for my family and friends although next time I think I would like to experiment using mangoes.





I decorated the cake using some sliced strawberries and and a few piping's of whipped cream. Actually, even without the decorations the cake is simply lovely




Since I used a smaller pan than what was required there were some left-overs which I made into mini-cakes. This time I covered it with choco-strawberry flakes. My youngest son who really loves strawberries couldn't get enough of this cake.



I would really recommend this cake. It's not only beautiful but taste's heavenly as well. For those who are interested with the recipe you can check out Peabody's site and for more beautiful strawberry mirror cakes check out the site of my fellow Daring Bakers here.






45 comments:

Mary said...

I love the way you imbedded the strawberries in the mirror as well as in the cream. Your cake definitely pretty!

KJ said...

A stunning cake. It was a great idea to put strawberries down the side. What a great job you made of this.

Meeta said...

I too love the idea of those strawberries on the side. This is so stunning!

veron said...

Wow, I agree with Mary. that embedded strawberries surely added a nice touch. The decoration is lovely too. Great job, Anne

Hilda said...

My gosh your cake is just gorgeous, and I really like how you put strawberries on the sides, what a great idea, which I am definitely stealing if I make it with strawberries again... ;-) but I see that like me you are thinking of making it with mangoes, which I think is a fabulous idea!

sunita said...

The cake looks gorgeous...well done!

leonine194 said...

wow, it's beautiful!

Andrea said...

I am so impressed! Absolutely beautiful! I will "borrow" your idea of embedding the strawberries next time!

Jerry said...

Its not only pink, but it is DECORATED! So very awesome!

Quellia said...

How beautiful! I love the strawberries on the sides!

Kelly-Jane said...

I love the way you've placed the berries in the cream, I'll do that next time! Beautiful cake :)

Leslie said...

Wow - your cake is absolutely stunning. Love the strawberries in the bavarian cream!

gilly said...

Oh wow, this is just stunning! I just love the embedded strawberries! Congrats on another challenge complete - with gorgeous results!

Mishmash ! said...

hey...out of the 4-5 i have seen so far, yours and Anh's look quite innovative in presentation...i loved yours for the shape and that cluster of strawberries on top also looks mirrored....a very neat job...now i look forward to the cake you make for your son :)

Shn

Mandy said...

Anne,

You seriously should start a baking business. This cake is so stunningly beautiful.And I can see you adding many personal touch to it. :)
I am thinking of making a mango version of it also. See, great mind thinks alike. Maybe we can do the mango one together. ;p

lynn said...

Just gorgeous, Anne. You never fail to amaze me with your artistry. The strawberries imbedded are beautiful and making it in a heart pan is wonderful.

DaviMack said...

Wow, that's an awesome looking cake!

Deborah said...

This is beautiful! One of the best I have seen so far.

Sara said...

Oh my gosh, your cake is so beautiful! Amazing job Anne.

breadchick said...

Anne, you cakes are all so lovely. This one though takes the cake (chuckle). Wonderful job!!

Cheryl said...

Your cakes are always amazingly decorated. Beautiful job.

Laura said...

It couldn't be prettier or pinker!!

Anh said...

Anne. this is perect. I am speechless for words... :)

Ivonne said...

Pretty in pink, indeed, Anne! Your cake is just so lovely. You could sell it!

Erin said...

I can't believe you did a heart shaped cake! What a fabulous idea!

Chubby Cheek Girls said...

The heart shape is awesome.... It looks beautiful!

Anita said...

Wow, I really love all the extra touches you added to the cake - it looks like a gorgeous Valentine!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Gosh Anne that is a most amazing strawberry cake decoration extravaganza! Really makes the sparks fly! Beautiful!
Absolutely grand that you all enjoyed the cake as much as it is beautiful. . . I'm not sure that is proper English, well I know it's not.
Great job!

evan said...

this is so pretty! where did u get the cake stand? it complements the cake so well.

Lis said...

Stunning, Anne! Each layer looks perfectly baked and/or cooked.. your decoration is to die for.. I'm just sitting here amazed.

What a beautiful job you did!

xoxo

Patricia Scarpin said...

You did great, Anne, and of course we wouldn't expect less from you, my talented friend!

Nazca said...

Love the embedded strawberries too. I didn't have any left, they all went in my cake and/or mouth ;-)

Tartelette said...

Love the heart shape! You make me proud!!!Your cake is stuning

Belinda said...

Oh my! You have such an artistic flair for presentation! Gorgeous is an understatement. If you make that mango version, I *hope* you will blog about it?! :-)

Peabody said...

I'm so glad you liked it. You did such a beautiful job on both the full size and the mini cakes!

Burçin'in Denemeleri said...

Wooow
Your cake is soo beautiful Anne.
Great job. :)

Jenny said...

I love the extra touches you added - this would be so beautiful on Valentines Day the way you have made it.

Rachel said...

WOW! That is gorgeous. It looks like it tastes out of this world too.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

wowwweeee wow! That is such a beautiful job you did with the cake! Amazing! So well done!

Jes said...

Gorgeous presentation and your mirror looks great!

Elle said...

Truly a pretty in pink cake.

Brilynn said...

Wow! That cake is gorgeous!

Culinarily Curious said...

What a beautiful cake... I love how your creativity comes through in the decoration. Where do I get chocolate strawberry nibs?

Kristen said...

I have really liked all the cakes, but I think yours has to be one of the most beautiful. Really nice job!

wendyywy said...

I saw your cake and I said, "wow, so pretty, I've got to try this one out." The pink and yellow layers are so enticing. It does taste really good, no words to describe.

I added u into my list of fav blogs.