My mother’s birthday is on the 24th of August and this was the surprise cake recipe that I decided to bake for her. It was inspired in my best friends birthday cake. This one overcame the expectations, it is a really good and fresh birthday cake, the perfect choice for strawberry lovers.
- zest of 1 small lemon
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 260 g of flour
- 300 g of granulated sugar
- 1 dl of peanut oil
- 2 dl of water
- 8 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 small pinch of salt
Strawberry mousse filling
- 600 g fresh cream (3 packs)
- 6 gelatin sheets
- 300 g of good quality strawberry jam
- 1 small box of strawberries ( approximately 12 strawberries)
- 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Cut some strawberries in slices and add 3 tablespoons of sugar on top, let them rest for 1 to 2 hours until they form a syrup. Beat the fresh cream until they are consistent. Put the gelatin sheets on water, then dissolve them in bain marie, add the already liquid gelatin to the cream and to the strawberries that where previously reduced to a purée. Let the mousse sit on the fridge until it turns a bit more consistent.
Preheat the over at 180ºC. Separate the egg whites from the yorlks in 2 differents containers. Add all the cake ingredients in the yolks container and beat well until the mixture forms bubbles. Whisk the whites until they are consistent and gently fold them in the cake batter. Pour the batter in a round cake tin greased with butter and sprinkled with some flour to form the non-stick surface, put it in the oven and reduce the temperature to 150ºC. When the cake is ready (use the toothpick technique), you can invert the cake tin, with the help of 3 glasses to support it and let it cool like that. When the cake is colder, slice it longitudinally in half, fill the cake with the mousse, add the top part and envolve it with a plastic band to avoid the mousse to spill over. Finish the top with a thinner layer of strawberry mousse and some leftover strawberries. Let it cool in the fridge and there you have it!