Thursday, December 30, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake and New Year Resolutions

I was on a break from work for almost the whole of this week, yet the days scurried by and it's almost the end of 2010, wow. In real life, this was definitely my best year yet. Though busy, but I enjoyed every single moment of it, really. In baking, this was a year of breakthroughs - I never thought I'd ever produce an entremet but I did, never thought I would have the patience and determination to pull off daunting bakes yet I did with mum's constant help and encouragement.

To end off the year, I made a Japanese Strawberry Shortcake using Patisserie Glace's sponge recipe and the stabilised whipped cream recipe from here. Korean strawberries were in season, popping up in my face everywhere from supermarts to fruit shops and makeshift fruit stalls.

I couldn't resist, grabbed two punnets of varying varieties and promptly set out to make this. The recipe was a breeze to follow, but I can't say the same for the decorations part. It took me two tries to get the little cream dots to look decent and the lines to look straight. Well, I'm glad it at least turned out alright! I might have went overboard with the cream and spread too much between the layers...hopefully it'll taste alright! *fingers crossed*

**Update: Ok, my friends have tasted the cake and gave the thumbs up for the sponge and cream! Feedback was that the sponge is light and fluffy and the cream was lovely :).

Ok, now time for New Year resolutions. I figured I would like to at least write down some of the baking resolutions for the year ahead to keep me a liiiiittttle more here goes!

1. Pâte à choux
I tried this once but it didn't turn out too well! Hopefully with more practice it will succeed.

2. Tiramisu
One of the most popular desserts among my circle of friends but I never got around to making it!

3. Bread
Another one of my must-fulfill resolutions! Been saying I wanna bake breads for far toooo long...

4. Puff Pastry
Mille-feuille is one of my all-time favourite desserts! With berries!

5. Plasir Sucre
Possibly my favourite entremet and I've been eyeing the recipe for the looongest time! Time to get the book and start making this already.

Hmmm, I probably have a ton more of these at the back of my head, but I seriously "intend" to finish all these in the New Year! Off with the fickle-mindedness and time to be more focused! Heh.

Happy New Year everyone!

Strawberry Shortcake

3 medium eggs
60g sugar
15ml warm milk
60g cake flour, sifted
20g unsalted butter, melted
[Whipped Cream]
2 tsp gelatin powder
8 tsp cold water
1.5 cup whipping cream, cold
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla

250g punnet of strawberries, sliced and whole

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line the bottom and sides of a 15cm cake pan with parchment.
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar and place the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisk until sugar is combined and mixture is warm to the touch.
3. Transfer mixture to electric mixer and turn up to medium speed. When the mixture is white and fluffy, add the milk and beat for another 1-2 minutes until it's light and fluffy again.
4. Add the flour and gently mix in one direction until well incorporated. Do not overmix.
5. Do the same with the butter.
6. Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake for 17 minutes. When it's done, remove from oven and cool on wire rack. When cooled, slice into 3 layers.
[Whipped Cream]
1. Chill mixing bowl and beaters in the freezer for 10 minutes.
2. Put the cold water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the surface of the water and let stand for 5 minutes. Place the saucepan over low heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon just until the gelatin dissolves. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cool to room temperature.
3. Remove mixing bowl and beaters from freezer. In the mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla and whip until slightly thickened. Then, while beating slowly, gradually pour the gelatin into the whipped cream mixture. Then whip the mixture at high speed until medium soft peaks.

[To Assemble]
1. Spread a layer of whipped cream onto the bottom layer, top with sliced strawberries and spread another layer of whipped cream on it. Sandwich with a layer of sponge.
2. Repeat step 1.
3. Cover the rest of the cake (top and sides) with whipped cream. Decorate with remaining whole strawberries.

Yields a 15cm round cake.


  1. it looks really beautiful!! many many *thumbs up*
    whenever i deco with whipped cream, it looks soooo uneven ):

  2. Lovely cake!

    Your piping skill rocks ;)

    Ahh.. so Korean strawberries are in season now. No wonder i'm seeing them everywhere!

    Have a Wonderful New Year, Allie.


  3. Happy 2011 to you and your loved ones! I'm sure you can realize all your goals. You're the resolute type. =)

  4. Wishing you and your family a great year in 2011. Happy New year!

  5. Your cake looks right out of a high end bakery- and such a delicious way to end the year!

    Happy new year, Allie!

  6. Wow, this is a very beautiful cake!! Happy New Year to you!

  7. @Sweetylicious: Thanks! I had problems with whipped cream previously too...practice makes perfect! This particular whipped cream recipe is easier to frost though :)

    @Cherie: Thanks Cherie! Happy New Year to you and your family!

    @Pei Lin: Happy New Year! Haha thanks for the encouragement!

    @Small Small Baker: You have a wonderful New Year too!

    @thecoffeesnob: Thanks! Happy New Year to you too :).

    @Hanushi: Sweet :). Happy New Year to you too!



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