Sunday, 24 July 2011

Cake Disaster Management: Strawberry Tiramisu Cake

They say genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.

Baking Strawberry Tiramisu Cake is 13% inspiration, 32% perspiration, 10% cursing inanimate objects and 45% disaster management.

I had grand intentions of making a strawberry Victoria Sponge birthday cake. 

Then adversity struck. One extremely dodgy oven later, and I had two very, very flat sponges. I had a choice. I could:

a) Use the flat sponges as frisbees for a spot of organised fun

b) Pop out to M & S and palm off one of their cakes as my own creations 

c) Launch a programme of 'Cake Disaster Management'* 

Option c) takes some quick thinking, the availability of plenty of cream and an air of 'no, no, it was supposed to be like this all along. Honest'.  

And so my flat-as-pancakes sponges were reincarnated as Strawberry Tiramisu Cake. 


I appreciate it may, from the photos, look only like strawberries, and an entire herd of cows worth of cream. But I promise there is cake and Other Tasty Things under there somewhere. 

Strawberry Tiramisu Cake


Flattened Victoria Sponge Cake 
A punnet of strawberries
4 tbsps of strawberry preserve 
4-5 tbsps strawberry liqour (optional)
225g mascarpone 
120ml double cream
4 tbsps strawberry coulis 

1. Cut up the sponge cake to fit the entire bottom of the dish
2. Gently pour the liqour over the sponges and if you've the time, set aside for 30 minutes for the alcohol to soak nicely through the sponge
3. Meanwhile, wash, hull and chop the strawberries in half. Whip the cream in a separate bowl and fold in the mascarpone until thoroughly combined
4. Returning to the sponges, gently spread the preserve over the sponge, add almost all of the strawberries on top (saving some aside for decoration)
5. Gently pour over the cream mixture and decorate with the remaining strawberries
6. Set aside in the fridge for up to 12 hours
7. When ready to serve, portion the tiramisu and add a light covering of coulis on to the plates for an added strawberry hit

Baker's notes...
  • If you are far more successful at making victoria sponge cakes than I am, and you don't have flattened sponges lying around willy-nilly, shop bought sponge fingers work just as well, as would crushed amaretti biscuits
  • Cointreau would work a treat in place of the strawberry liqour 
  • This post has been entered into Fabulicious Food's Simple and In Season blog event
  • Please make me feel better: tell me your baking disasters...


  1. ooh - good save! It looks tasty.
    It's often when your back's against the wall that your creative side can be set free! Personally, I'm a great believer in the quote: "A woman is like a tea bag. You only find out how strong she is when she's in hot water!"

  2. Hahaha, funny post. You made great use of the flat sponge. I wonder what would happen if you baked the flat sponge in a really low oven for a long time - would it get crispy? That would be nice. Or if all else fails deep fry it:)

  3. Oh no! Well done rescuing the cake! My last baking disaster was a malteser cake (thankfully I was only testing it out for a birthday cake). It didn't rise particulary well, took nearly double the time to cook and ended up having an almost rubbery texture!

  4. Well done!! It's great to snatch success from what might have been disaster. The cake sounds just yummy.

  5. Well done you for turning it into something lovely! You saw my recent disaster :( just a shame I wasn't so inventive! :)

  6. Aww... you make me smile. Lovely reincarnation of the sponge cake. The tiramisu looks scrumptious.

  7. Kate, this is hilarious, I love it. My mum used to say 'whipped cream covers a multitude of sins' (let's hope she was only talking about cake!)
    Thanks for all your lovely comments on my blog of late, really great to have found yours too!

  8. Thank you all for your lovely comments, as always, very much appreciated.

    Caked Crusader: The best quote I have heard possibly ever.

  9. Good save! My cake disaster management quite often involves the rubbish bin (hangs head in shame). My latest spectactular fail will be blogged in the near future. It was a zebra cake and I'll say no more for now....

  10. Thank you so much for entering your Strawberry Tiramisu Cake into Simple and in Season. It's perfect!!

  11. Looks fab you made a good rescue! I prefer tiramisu myself!


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