Tuesday, June 19, 2012

French Strawberry Cake - Tuesdays with Dorie

Don't let the title of this post fool you.  No, this is not a French Fridays recipe, but a French recipe we are baking for Tuesdays with Dorie.  And let's cut to the chase ... I LOVED this recipe!!  I loved our French Friday's recipe for quartre-quarts so much that I've made it a few times and this week's cake recipe was very similar.  WAY better than traditional/American shortcake!!  I love the dense, vanilla-y cake with sweet, juicy berries.

Yesterday I was pooped ... no motivation ... tired.  I keep getting to bed too late at night and things are busy and going at my house by 6am every morning.  I was grumpy & tired and so were my children.  By 4:00 in the afternoon, I was at my wit's end with sassy attitudes, disobedience, being told NO!, etc, etc, etc.  I quickly decided it would be best if we all take a break from each other and rest a bit before Dad got home from work.  The kids were all sent to their rooms ... Penguin read for a while and Peacock kept trying to sneak out of her room but she eventually fell asleep & slept almost FOUR hours!  Turkey had a nap too and I must admit that I fell asleep next to him for about 30 minutes.  After my quick nap, I came down and got busy with my strawberry cake and had some nice, quiet, relaxing time to myself.  For whatever reason I was a bit worried about making this recipe, but once I got into it, it went very quickly.

I think my cake had enough height to make 3 layers, but when I was ready to assemble everything, the cake was just barely cool enough to cut and I didn't trust myself to make the 3 layers.  I was thinking it might be fun to double the cake recipe and do 4 thicker layers sometime. Or use this cake in my English Trifle recipe instead of pound cake.

{working on the first layer}

I chose to not frost the sides of the cake because I liked seeing the insides and thought it was pretty.  I also just dumped the remainder of the strawberries and the juices on top of my cake.  I'm sure I wasn't supposed to do that....

It turned out fun & yummy & the extra juice made the frosting fall down the sides of the cake.  I think I'm gonna go eat some leftovers now for my mid-morning snack.  My children will be jealous.  I might share.

We have two hosts this week who shared the recipe on their blog.

Sophia's Sweets

Think, Love, Sleep, Dine

Pin It!


Cher Rockwell said...

Your cake looks perfectly yummy.

Now that my girls are 18 and almost 17, it is a little harder to send them to their rooms for naps. Although, we have gotten very good at letting each other know when a "time out" is needed. Hang in there :-)

Judy said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this cake, especially after a grumpy afternoon. Photos are great.

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Looks wonderful!

Allison Thinklovesleepdine said...

I like the unfrosted sides better. I think I will do it that way from now on. I also live in the Valley of the Sun. Good luck keeping cool in the kitchen!

Beautiful family, beautiful blog.

Kathy said...

Your cake looks so pretty…I’m sure this was a with with your family!

Ruby's said...

It looks so yummy. Mouth watering.

Stephanie Phend said...

Nice work! I think I need to try making mine again sometime. I had some trouble with the cream :( Also, your strawberries look so pretty!

Cathleen said...

I like the way it looks with the sides open and the cream and juices running down. Glad this was a hit for you!

oneclevermom said...

That looks delicious! I am so glad this was a hit for you! You deserved it after a trying day. Those can be so hard! Thank goodness for a piece of happiness and success in the kitchen! I love the dripping strawberries and cream. Makes me want to stick my finger in there and sneak a taste!! Yum!


Related Posts with Thumbnails