bdae celebration for babe

TWD: Berry Surprise Cake

And for my first installment of Tuesdays With Dorie for the year 2009, here's presenting to you my version of Berry Surprise Cake as chosen by Mary Ann of Meet me in the Kitchen!

I made this in a valiant attempt to provide my dearest boyfriend with a birthday cake ever since he last complained of not having one the last year. oh well... For my dosage of red fruits, I turned to Egyptian Strawberries for the solution and a dash of strawberry liquer mixed in the sugar syrup for dabbing the insides of the cake. Sounds exotic? Meanwhile, while tasting the filling, I found it to be a little tastless and proceeded to adding just a little more sugar and vanilla. But not too much since the whipped cream frosting would perhaps provide the sweet element to the entire makeup of the dessert.

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I loved the contrast of the chilled cream cheese filling to the softness of the genoise and the whipped cream layer on the outside. Almost a bit savoury as compared to its fluffy surrounding, the cream cheese filling was particularly divine as suggested by Dorie in the recipe book. Definitely would make this cake again! and not to mention the colors!!! wouldn't be appropriate for valentines day? haha.

For more exciting versions of this lovely recipe, please scroll down the list of TWD bakers! and watch out for next weeks recipe Fresh Ginger and Chocolate Gingerbread!

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29 comments:

pinkstripes said...

Wow! Your cake looks fabulous!

Fen said...

Wow, that definitely looks good. I guessed Zhiheng had a memorable birthday... A nice lunch and a birthday cake baked with love...

The cross section of the cake looks pretty soft, won't the strawberries weigh it down?

Now I understand why your expectation of strawberry shortcake is so high...

Jules Someone said...

Looks nice. I am definitely looking forward to next week.

Mary Ann said...

It looks really delicious and would be a great valentines day dessert! Glad you liked it!

Marie said...

Your cake looks fabulous!! I love it! That is one very lucky boyfriend!

Cathy said...

Your cake is beautiful -- you did such a great job! Glad you and your BF enjoyed it!

Amanda said...

Glad yours came out great! Mine turned out pretty, but it fell too much and I wasn't happy with the flavor of the cake. Oh well, next week! :)

Flourchild said...

Oh my girl your cake is so pretty..I love all the little pictures on top..so nice.

chocolatechic said...

Looks fabulous.

Peggy said...

I'm just so impressed girl. It looks great!

TeaLady said...

That looks wonderful. Great job.

karen said...

looks absolutely gorgeous! i also added some extra sugar and vanilla to the filling.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

So beautifully decorated!

kim said...

it looks amazing, i love the decorations on the side! glad you enjoyed it too :)

Ninny said...

Yours does look amazing. Awesome job!

Cooking for Comfort by Jennifer said...

Very impressive!!! You did a beautiful job!!!!

Barbara said...

Absolutely gorgeous! What a lovely birthday cake for your sweetheart!

Jo said...

Hi Shihan, very beautiful cake and I'm sure your BF enjoyed it tremendously.

April said...

Beautiful cake and photos! Welcome to TWD!

Jodie said...

Great job. Yours looks like it turned out better than mine! :)

Katrina said...

Your cake looks wonderful. The actual cake looks so soft and good. Mine wasn't as tasty, but turned out looking okay. Great job!

dharmagirl said...

beautiful cake, and what a lovely gift for your bf! i agree--this would be a super v-day cake:)

The Food Librarian said...

Oh my! This looks so delicious! Love it!

pigpigscorner said...

wow..that's a really pretty cake!

Sabrina said...

You did a very nice job! How pretty!

Jacque said...

Looks like the cake was a big hit. I'll bet BF asks for it again next year on his birthday.

Nice job!

n.o.e said...

YOur cake turned out picture perfect, and it looks like you both enjoyed it. It's good to know that in the finished product all the flavors go well together.
Nancy

Di said...

It looks like your cake turned out great!

Danielle said...

Your cake came out great good job!