10 June 2012

Strawberry cloud birthday cake

Today marks a very special day for one little lady. Although it’s her 22nd birthday in my eyes she’s still little…that is till I realize how old she is. It makes me old thinking about it. In my mind I’m still 25 at most…

Since it’s her special day I’ll tell you a little something about her. You’ll have to know that my family has 4 girls and she is the last in the row. My other sisters and I are 2 and 4 years apart, but since this one was an attempt of having a boy we are 11 years apart. I remembered I had to take care of her when she was a baby because I was the big sister. Even now I’m taking care of her since she lives with me and my husband while she is in college here in The Hague. Our deal is: you pass every year and granulate or you go back to mom and dad. So far so good…she’s still here.
For her birthday she didn’t want to invite any friends over. Instead she’s at home playing on her laptop and chill out. This doesn’t mean that there is no cake. I saw this cake on Annabel Langbein’s show. Again one of those easy to make cakes that I had to give it a try and I followed her recipe to the letter. Well almost to the letter. Click here for her recipe.
The only thing I did different is using about 300 grams of whole grain biscuits and about 300 grams of strawberries.
I like a thicker biscuit layer so I used more biscuits. Here I’m mixing up 300 grams of biscuits, 100 grams of melted butter, 2 cups of shredded coconut and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. 
What I would do different next time is mashing the strawberries first before mixing it. Because I left the strawberries still a bit chunky they went flying everywhere when I started mixing it. I’m mixing 300 grams of strawberries, 2 egg whites, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
Also I would mix it on low speed first and then increase it to max till it fluffs up. And I would mix it a bit longer too. This morning when I checked on the cake some of juice was running out of the cake.
This probably means that I haven’t beaten it well enough. I would also reduce the sugar; 1 cup was a bit too sweet, so I’d go for ½ cup next time.
The cake was really fluffy and tasted like cotton candy. Who knew you could make something this easy with just 2 egg whites and some soft fruits.
Apparently you can freeze this cake to so after we all had a slice I put it in the freezer. Hopefully it tastes even better frozen!
Happy birthday baby girl!

11 comments:

  1. What a lovely, lovely cake. The best part about this is that it is so light and fluffy. I hope I get to make this before the strawberry season is over.

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  2. The filling is really soft and airy. I like that. I am very sure it would taste great after freezing. (More like ice cream, I bet)

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  3. What a b-day cake! Sign me up. I bet it was awesome frozen :)

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  4. Happy Birthday to your little sis... what a beautiful birthday dessert!! I know she enjoyed it! :)

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  5. Happy happy Birthday to your little sis Lilly! Looks like 2 great minds think alike. You made a cheesecake and so did I for my dad.. LOL.. I can tell this is really creamy and fluffy. Just wish that I could have a slice of it.. Yummm!! Hope all is well for you. You are not alone in trying to get back to the kitchen. My work has taken a toll on my creative thinking, and sometimes I even get a writers block. Well, heres to both of us in feeling better and to more great posts. xoxo, Jo

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  6. Happy Birthday to your little sister! This strawberry cake looks very fluffy and light from the picture. I can have a big piece... =D

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  7. Lovely!!! Happy Birthday to your sister. Looks like you gave her the sky in pink color.

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  8. Happy birthday to your 'baby' sister, Lilly. What a gorgeous cake this is! Such a pretty colour and it really does look as light as a cloud

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  9. Great cake to celebrate your little sister's birthday! Happy Birthday to her =)

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