Strawberry and Cream Gateaux

Pirate Dreams
Posted on 04/20/2012 by cakecrumbs
As I mentioned in my last cakey post, Easter weekend was my birthday. I ended up making three cakes that weekend, which is probably some record for me. This was the one I made for my birthday.

I seem to have such a lack of inspiration for cakes lately. The month leading up to my birthday, I just could not figure out what I wanted to do. Even as I began making it, I was making things up as I went along, changing my mind constantly.

Perhaps the only good part about making your own birthday cake is getting away with pitching it to your own tastes. I rummaged through the fridge and found a couple of punnets of strawberries, a batch of leftover ganache that has to date made it through 4 cakes so far and still has some to spare, and some unopened cream. 

And a few more of my fav-ou-rite things...

It was admittedly difficult for me to not grant myself an early birthday present right then. Strawberries, cream and chocolate, oh my.  I topped the cake with a chocolate flower, then filled the centre bud with yellow-tinted cream and piped swirls on choc transfer sheets to use for the stamens.

I'll be posting a tutorial for making chocolate flowers on my blog within the next week - I can't post that here at BBB as it doesn't involve baking, so watch the blog if you want to learn how to make these.

I covered the cake with chocolate buttercream, and used the leftover chocolate to make a base for the flower. I was going to emboss the buttercream, but I used melted chocolate in the buttercream so it didn't crust.


Nom nom nom. This cake didn't last very long. My dad, who is not much of a sweet tooth, even asked if he could take some home. That's a first. 

You'll find more photos and ever more rambles about this cake at my blog.
miss_sarac 19th-Apr-2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
That's all I can say because I'm drooling too much.
cakecrumbs 20th-Apr-2012 05:28 am (UTC)
Haha. Well drooling really is the height of compliments! ;) Thanks.
mornings 19th-Apr-2012 03:09 pm (UTC)
I may have to attempt that for my next birthday. Oh, my.
cakecrumbs 20th-Apr-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
Sound like a plan! If we're gonna make our own cakes, might as well indulge. ;)
milady_winter 19th-Apr-2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely gorgeous!
I've signed up to your blog only for the master-class for the flower - can't wait!
cakecrumbs 20th-Apr-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
Thanks! Should have the tute up by Monday hopefully!
v_airmed 19th-Apr-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
"I seem to have such a lack of inspiration for cakes lately." I only wish I was so uninspired! This looks beautiful and oh so yummy with the piece cut out. I'm really looking forward to the flower tutorial. Thank you!

cakecrumbs 20th-Apr-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Haha! I swear, if there's such thing as bakers block, I have it. There's a bake off coming up at Uni and I can't think of a single thing to do.

Will have the tute up asap - these flowers are SO easy to do. I made 20 petals in case of breakage and ended up spoilt for choice.

Thank you for your kind words! :]
arrien 19th-Apr-2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
that looks amazing!!!!
cakecrumbs 20th-Apr-2012 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you!
fallendebre 20th-Apr-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Holy shit. If that's your "lacking inspiration", you're welcome to lack inspiration at my place anytime.
cakecrumbs 20th-Apr-2012 08:36 am (UTC)
Haha, well thanks!
somnistra 20th-Apr-2012 09:20 am (UTC)
Wow, gorgeous cake! Can't wait for the flower tutorial!
cakecrumbs 21st-Apr-2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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