Tuesday, June 19, 2012

French Strawberry Cake

T U E S D A Y S   W I T H   D O R I E
Special thanks to this week's hostesses:  
Sophia of Sophia's Sweets & 

Génoise. Genoese. Genovese.  Funny how our French cake is actually an Italian sponge cake, named after the city of Genoa. Feeling somewhat confused and desiring the need for more more clarification (along with a baker's quick how-to), I consulted my Julia DVD for some génoise cake-education. 
Strawberry Cake
This Baking with Julia recipe is courtesy of Flo Braker, contributing baker. What Flo refers to as a "French Strawberry Cake" reminds me of an American "strawberry shortcake" recipe, minus the shortcake. In true French fashion, this génoise cake is the star. Less rich than a butter cake, this version uses whole eggs and a smidgen of melted butter for its flavor and leavening. In between the génoise layers are sliced, macerated strawberries and fresh whipped cream -  flavored with a touch of sour cream and vanilla. I brushed each layer with a simple syrup made with kirsch and some of the strawberry juice (a trick I picked up during my Julia consult). Light, summery and deliciously Italian (er . . . French).

Special thanks to Sophia and Allison for hosting this week's recipe - visit their blogs to get the recipe.

– mike


Cher Rockwell said...

I like the partially topped version. French, Italian - it's all good, right?

Cathleen said...

Love the personal size!

Jules Someone said...

That is gorgeous! I've been such a baking slacker. I think I need to do this one.

Seattle Pastry Girl said...

Gorgeous as always and beautiful photos

Elaine said...

Beautiful post, Mike. Your cake turned out so lovely! I also put some of the juice on my cake because that's what I always do with my shortcake. Even though the cake tasted good, I think my favorite part of this cake besides the strawberries was the whipped cream.

Chris H. said...

Four layers! Looks nice.

spike said...

love the pic of the frosting-in-process!

Di said...

Your little cake is so cute! =)

AmyRuth said...

Oh that's purdy!