Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Tomorrow is Saturday, yay! Today I bring you another cake recipe. It was my son’s fifth birthday yesterday and he requested a vanilla cake with strawberries. Great idea child of mine! Strawberries are in season right now and are so sweet and delicious, of course I can put them on your birthday cake!
For my geeky inspiration this time, I used Harvest Moon again. Aside from MMOs, Harvest Moon has a HUGE number of recipes throughout the several games that are in the series. Strawberry Cake is seen in quite a few of them including Story of Seasons which is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the series. In the games, the Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake appears as a white cake with strawberries between the cake layers, a white frosting topping, and a strawberry on top. This fit my son’s request perfectly.
Rather than use buttercream frosting, I decided to make a whipped cream frosting for the cake instead, mainly because strawberries and fresh whipped cream is a fantastic combination, but also because whipped cream tends to not be as sweet as regular frosting and I didn’t want to load my kids up on sugar. I have to say, this is the first time that I’ve used whipped cream on a cake and it worked REALLY well. The whipped cream actually makes this cake reminiscent of a strawberry shortcake, which is one of my favorite desserts.
The filling for the cake is crushed, macerated strawberries. If you’ve never had macerated strawberries before it’s basically just a fancy name for strawberries that have been mixed with sugar and allowed to sit in the fridge for a few hours until the strawberries start to get nice and soft and lose some of their water. You can then scoop the softened and sweetened strawberries out with a slotted spoon and top the bottom cake layer with it.
My son was extremely pleased with his birthday cake and so was I! I hope you enjoy this recipe!