This is a short post today because I’ve been distracted by the Inauguration. Who was Michelle Obama wearing? A sparkling Isabel Toledo creation in my favorite color – yellow! We have a new President and first family and I wish them well.
Today’s Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, Berry Surprise Cake from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking, From My Home To Yours, was chosen by Mary Ann of Meet Me in the Kitchen. My DSN (dearest sweetest neighbor) Carolina and I decided to combine our efforts for this one, and we baked two smaller cakes using only one recipe. She did the math using the well-known kitchen formula: pie are squared! and the 5” and 6.5” round pans combined were close enough in area to the specified 8” pan.
We had heard from other TWD bakers about the cake falling in the middle. To prevent this we added 2 tablespoons of meringue powder with the flour. It’s a new nifty tip for me and our cakes held their height quite well once they cooled.
A hole was cut out in the centre and we liberally doused it with simple syrup spiked with cherry liqueur. The cream cheese filling was not very sweet, but was complemented by the sweet whipped cream topping. Carolina was lucky to find decent raspberries and blueberries at this time of year and they added to the elegant presentation. This cake would make any occasion special. Try it!
Here’s a photo I entered in the CLICK! The Photo Event
for January, 2009. The theme is RED!