Yesterday I tried my hand at making a "naked" cake and had so much fun putting it together! It was a nice challenge to try something new. Sometimes they end in flops, but I was so pleased with this one I couldn't wait to share photos. The cake above is comprised of a chiffon cake filled with cream cheese swiss meringue buttercream and fresh strawberries and raspberries, then dusted with powdered sugar. Don't you love the snowy effect of the sugar?! Definitely something I want to employ more often. Every now and then I'm asked if I can share recipes for my cakes.
Strawberry Shortcake Cake with Mascarpone Cream
Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake
It is an easy layer cake recipe, perfect for strawberry season. And of course, strawberries! Truth be told, yellow cake with strawberries is my favorite kind of cake. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite memories from childhood. It would be a soft white cake filled with berries and fresh whipped cream. This recipe combines two of my favorite things: strawberry shortcake and yellow cake with vanilla frosting. It turns those two simple flavors into an explosion of easy to make cake flavor. A naked cake is a layer cake with barely-there frosting. It looks rustic and half dressed, often with a light coating of see-through frosting around the sides.
This strawberry naked cake is made with fresh pureed strawberries and is paired with homemade sweet cream whipped cream! Like a strawberries and cream cake! This is a real deal strawberry cake. I sure wish it was as easy as throwing some strawberries and flour in a bowl and voila, it would magically make a cake. Haha, in my dreams! There is a little more effort required than that, but it is worth it. The cake is really moist and has a nice sweet, strawberry flavor.
I feel like I might be mildly allergic to strawberries, but not in the typical way. Occasionally but not always when I eat some I get a bit of a weird feeling in my throat, kind of a scratchiness, or tightness, or something. I was quartering about 4 cups of them for the filling and I started to find it hard to breathe. Is that possible?