Strawberries ‘n Cream Cloud Cake
On the other hand we all know that there are times when we want to impress and only our very finest will do. Who wouldn't be impressed to the 4th power when you present this wonder. Since it uses dried strawberries (which I've used with great success) it will be doubly impressive in the winter for the holidays or other special occasions.
The cake it's self and the Chambord syrup can be made up to 2 days ahead.
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- 2 c
- all-purpose flour
- 1 c
- cake flour
- 1 Tbsp
- baking powder
- 1/4 tsp
- baking soda
- 1/2 tsp
- 1 c
- unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened at room temp
- 1 3/4 c
- granulated sugar
- eggs, room temp
- 1 Tbsp
- pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 c
- plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, room temp
- 1.2 ounce bag freeze-dried strawberries, roughly chopped (optional—i bought mine at costco)
- 1/2 c
- 1/2 c
- 2 Tbsp
- chambord liqueur
- vanilla bean, split in half length-wise and the inside “paste” scraped out with a paring knife and reserved (*see note)
- 1 Tbsp
- plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 qt
- whipping cream, very cold (4 cups)
- 1 c
- powdered sugar
CHAMBORD SIMPLE SYRUP
VANILLA-BEAN WHIPPED CREAM
Prepare two, 9” cake pans by lightly buttering them and lining them with parchment rounds, and then lightly sprinkling in some flour on the bottom and on the sides, and tapping the excess out.
Begin by sifting together the all-purpose flour, the cake flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt into a medium-large bowl; set aside these dry ingredients for a moment.
Place the pans into the oven on the middle rack and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean; once baked, allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn the cakes out and allow them to cool completely on wire racks before filling and frosting.
(If baking the cake a day or two in advance, wrap the completely cooled cakes in plastic wrap and store them in the fridge until ready to assemble.)
Add a generous amount of the Vanilla-Bean Whipped Cream and smooth it out with a off-set spatula or knife, and then arrange about 1 - 1 ¼ cup's worth of sliced strawberries over the whipped cream; repeat the process with another layer.
With the final layer, finish off by adding only the simple syrup and then just frosting the outside of the entire cake generously with the remaining Vanilla-Bean Whipped Cream
In a small sauce pan, combine the sugar and the water, and bring to a simmer over medium heat; once it has simmered, turn the heat off and stir to completely dissolve the sugar; cool the simple syrup completely.
You can place it into the fridge to expedite the process, and once cooled, add in the Chambord liqueur, stir to combine; keep covered in fridge until you're ready to soak the cake layers with it.
Combine the vanilla bean “paste” and the vanilla extract in a small ramekin, and set aside for a moment; add the cold whipping cream to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whip attachment, and whip the cream until it begins to thicken.
this as closely to when you'd like to frost the cake as possible, for best results.)
Use immediately to frost the cake with, or cover and place into the fridge to keep very cold until you're ready to frost the cake with it. (Whipped cream is best when used almost immediately for optimal “fluffiness”; the longer it sits, the more air is loses, so prepare