Bakewell Cream Baking Powder maiden voyage. The Sweet Dough Bakery Emulsion has become one of my favorite products for my baked goods. It smells like yellow cake mix dough. I think it gives a subtle "bakery store" flavor to my cookies and cakes. Before you email me that I didn't list all of the ingredients... just scroll to the very bottom of this post. You will find a printable recipe. So, here we go:
FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM:
When cake has cooled, place cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whisk at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Reduce speed to low and add heavy cream in slow, steady stream; when almost fully combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat until mixture holds stiff peaks, 2 to 2 ½ minutes more, scraping bowl as needed (you should have about 4 ½ cups). NOTE: This tastes incredibly delicious!
ASSEMBLE THE CAKE:
Using large serrated knife, slice cake into three even layers. TIP: A rotating cake stand makes this a whole lot easier! The cake was very moist, by the way. I'm feeling very optimistic, right about now...
See that big cake spatula? No more worries of breaking the cake layer in half. Easy peasy! Now, it's time to put the cake together:
Pour one half of pureed berry mixture (about ¾ cup) in center, then spread to cover any exposed cake.
It took a lot of self-control to take this shot...
Shall we get on with it?
See all that juice? It didn't soak through the cake! No wet, soggy mess. So, how did it taste?
VERDICT: The berries are the star, no doubt. The cake is moist-- it's sweet, but not over-the-top sweet. It's a cross between a sponge cake and a white cake-- kind of dense, but not like a shortcake biscuit. The frosting...oh, the frosting! The creaminess of the whipped cream, with a perfect balance of cream cheese...it's the perfect topping. In fact, the next day, the cake held up really well...what was left of it. My husband, son and "Yours Truly" polished it off.
So far, this is my favorite strawberry cake of all time. Sorry Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman... Cook's Illustrated has created a strawberry dessert that is just a bit above the rest! At least, until I find another new recipe. This cake is the perfect recipe to bring to a potluck. It would make a beautiful summer birthday cake. Heck, I'd eat this for any reason I could find! While this might look like a bit of work, it's so worth it! You can view a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Here's the recipe: