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)
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
- 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...
* See also: Macaroons and emergency fairy cake substitutes