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Strawberry Mousse Cake

I first made this cake for my son’s 13th birthday last year. He specifically wanted a strawberry cake. It came out alright…but the cake was slightly dry and the mousse layer was too thick…..

My son’s birthday cake

I have been wanting to remake and “upgrade” it ever since, but never had a chance. It’s Mother’s Day, so I thought this is the perfect time! I added a jelly glaze on top to brighten both the colour and flavour. Each of the three layers has a different texture but they match very well together. It looks much prettier than last time too! I can now share it with my mom and my family. Happy Mother’s Day to all our moms! I wonder what my kids are doing to surprise me this year…….

Makes one 6 inch cake

For the cake

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 75 g cake and pastry flour, sifted
  • 2 g baking powder
  • 1 g salt
  • 5 mL pure vanilla extract
  • 5 mL fresh lemon juice
  • 30 mL vegetable oil

For the mousse and jelly glaze

  • 400 g fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 160 g granulated sugar
  • 10 mL fresh lemon juice
  • 250 mL cold whipping cream
  • 4 x 1 g gelatin sheets

To make the cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  3. Whisk together egg yolks and 60 g of sugar until pale
  4. Mix in vanilla and oil, then gently fold in flour mixture
  5. In a separate bowl, make a meringue by whisking together egg whites and lemon juice until frothy
  6. Slowly add in 15 g of sugar, whisk until medium peak
  7. Gently fold meringue into flour mixture
  8. Pour batter into a lightly-greased 6 or 7 inch cake pan, lined with parchment paper at the bottom (see notes)
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes
  10. Let cool, then trim top and side of cake

Notes : I baked my cake in a 7 inch springform pan and trimmed it to fit into a 6 inch cake ring. You can just bake and assemble your cake in the same pan.

To make the mousse and jelly glaze

  1. For the mousse, place a large mixing bowl in the freezer for about 15 minutes
  2. Soak 3 gelatin sheets (1 g each) in cold water for a few minutes
  3. Blend strawberries and strain seeds out through a mesh
  4. Add sugar and lemon juice, and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved
  5. Set aside half of the puree for the glaze
  6. Drained gelatin and add to remaining puree, stir until dissolved, let cool
  7. Whisk whipping cream in the cold mixing bowl until stiff peak
  8. Fold in strawberry gelatin mixture until just blended
  9. Pour on top of cake, smooth with a spatula and refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours until set
  10. For the jelly glaze, soak 1 gelatin sheet in cold water for a few minutes
  11. Reheat the saved strawberry puree over medium heat
  12. Add drained gelatin and stir until dissolved
  13. Let cool, pour on top of mousse layer and refrigerate for another 3-4 hours until set
  14. Release cake from pan or ring and decorate as desired

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It’s been one awesome year…..

One year ago I started my blog, time really flies and it’s been a wonderful journey.  I never thought I could have a blog of my own and people around the world would actually visit it ! I have learned so much…..how to plan, organize and write my post, how to take good pictures of my food, and most important, how to make good food.  It’s been such a rewarding experience.   Writing this blog has also created more bonding between my kids and me, especially my daughter.  She is my biggest fan, my taste tester and my art director !  She is very creative and has a very good sense of art.  She has helped me a lot with my pictures.    

When I look back, there were times that I ran out of ideas or was too busy, and I wanted to quit posting.  But in the end, I managed to get through.  I told myself,  this is something that I really want to do, I should keep going !  I believe we should all pursue our dreams, no matter how hard it seems. With love, passion and hope, nothing is impossible !

Thank you everyone for their support and thank you for visiting !

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Special Ingredient

I was looking for some powder food coloring and my friend referred me to a cooking supply warehouse.  Wow ! What an eye-opener ! There were so many different ingredients, cooking tools, kitchen ware, dinnerware.  Lots of cute little gadgets too !   We ended up spending 2 hours in the store, looking at almost every single item, and of course, came out with the powder food coloring plus……well, just a FEW more other purchases.

To make tasty food, we have to find the right ingredients and add the right amount. However, there is one ingredient which you won’t be able to find it in any store. You won’t spoil your dishes by adding too much of it. In fact, the more the better! This special and precious ingredient is LOVE. The love for food, the love for cooking, and most important of all…… the love for families and friends.

It just makes my day when my kids say ” mom, is so yummy !” , “mom, can I have more? ” Those contented little smiles are priceless. Cooking can be a lot of work, but if you are cooking for your loved ones, it becomes happy work and it’s all worth it!