TWD #48: Berry berry late surprise cake

January 27, 2009 at 7:50 am 28 comments

Let’s pretend that its Tuesday, January 20th and I am actually not a week late posting this berry cake hosted by Mary of Meet Me In The Kitchen. (Sorry Mary!)

Also one more favor?

Can you get past the fact that I am a week behind baking up the Ginger Chocolate Gingerbread hosted by Heather of Sherry Trifle, which I was actually suppose to post today but haven’t had the chance to make yet.

Can you do that for me? It would really help take the shame away… Thanks.

Do you have those family and friends in your life that pick up on one of your hobbies and from that moment on every gift they give you is related to that hobby? I do.

As soon as people find out I like to bake they get me baking stuff. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. I get alot of cupcake related gifts that I absolutely adore. Notecards, liners, plates, towels, apron… Even a teddy bear cupcake cake pan, though Jen of the famous Cake Wrecks, calls cupcake cakes wrecktastical. I suppose I’d have to agree with the ones on her blog (some of them are downright hideous to the point of hysteria!) but after seeing Karen Tack and Alan Richardson’s Starry Starry Night cupcake cake, I know cupcake cakes *can be* works of art! Someday when I have about 5 hours of free time (Free time? Whats that?) I’d love to be able to recreate it.

Dang. There I go. Off on a tangent again. I am easily distracted by cupcake talk.

So about gifts. I can’t blame people. I do it too. My SIL likes ladybugs so I get her ladybug stuff. My BIL likes wine so he gets a bottle of wine for practically every occasion. I try to mix it up but I have a fear of getting people gifts they won’t like so I tend to stick with what I know.

What’s your point, CB?

Oh yeah. My point.

So I’ve been hoarding this mini cake pan that my SIL gave me for Christmas last year b/c I wasn’t sure when I’d use it. I don’t make alot of filling cakes. But the berry surprise cake was perfect to break it in. That was my point.

I totally lost you huh?

What I learned this week:
You can never had too many random pans b/c you never know when the right recipe will come along and you’ll be able to use them. At least that’s rationalization for buying them. And I am sticking to it.

Surprise [Straw]Berry Cake
Recipe from Baking: From My Home To Yours, Dorie Greenspan

Aren’t my Wilton mini tasty fill cake pans so cute?

I baked my minis for about 18 minutes. It puffed up really nicely. Before assembling the cakes, I used a serrated knife to level each top. Don’t worry. No cake went to waste. It went in my tummy.

Making the filling. Cream the cheese, add the sugar, fold in the whipped cream.

No pictures of making the syrup but I brushed my mini cakes with alot of syrup before adding the filling and fruit. I think the syrup gave the “cake” a yummy flavor.


Husband rating: A-/B+
T wasn’t a huge fan and said it wasn’t his favorite but he still ate a couple small slices.

Wifey rating: A-/B+
I thought the cake by itself was so yummy but I wasn’t a fan of the filling. It wasn’t sweet enough for me. If I am gonna spend a couple hours making and assembling a cake, it needs to be painfully schedule-a-trip-to-the-dentist-because-you’re-gonna-get-a-cavity sweet or whats the point?

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28 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Leanne  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I am very jealous of the way your beautiful cake turned out. Mine flopped. I agree with you on the spending so much time on a cake better equal gonna get a cavity sweet.

  • 2. Leanne  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I am very jealous of the way your beautiful cake turned out. Mine flopped. I agree with you on the spending so much time on a cake better equal gonna get a cavity sweet.

  • 3. joelen  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:37 am

    What great pans and a perfect recipe to use them for!! Your cakes came out beautifully!

  • 4. Karen  |  January 27, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Very very cute surprise cakes! I think I am with you on the you can’t have too many random pans…..

  • 5. Wandering Chopsticks  |  January 27, 2009 at 9:09 am

    See? That’d be perfect for me because I can’t stand painfully sweet desserts. Looks light and airy like Chinese cakes.

  • 6. Carolyn  |  January 27, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Love the mini cake pans!! The cake looks beautiful, even tho you weren’t a huge fan… well done. :)

  • 7. Lisa magicsprinkles  |  January 27, 2009 at 10:11 am

    ADORABLE! These are so sweet! Late, shmate. Don’t worry ’bout it honey.

  • 8. Melissa  |  January 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Hey, better late than never! Your mini cake looks scrumptious!!

  • 9. Tania  |  January 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Great! I love the pans you used – I have coveted them for awhile. I am slowly acquiring different cake pans as I go along. And the ones you used were perfect for this cake. The pics look great.

    And about the cupcake stuff….can you have to much??

  • 10. Cristine  |  January 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Super cute cakes! Love them!!!

    And, hey, better late than never, right? :)

  • 11. stephchows  |  January 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

    that is such a kickBUTT pan!!! I must go find one… hahaha :D

  • 12. Courtney  |  January 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Man….now I need these pans. Just another set to add to my way over flowing collection in my packed lazy susan. Your cake looks fab and I still havent made mine either but seeing everyone elses makes me want to! Don’t worry….I had to bow out of TWD this week too. :( . That darn thing called work is getting in my way.

  • 13. Peggy  |  January 27, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Oh I can’t believe that little tasty fill pan! I didn’t even know they made such a thing. Your cake is just perfect.

  • 14. Kayte  |  January 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I missed getting around last week, so I am doing a bit of catching up. Oh, does this ever look wonderful…I love the pan you used, absolutely love it, what a great idea. Looks lovely…great job.

  • 15. pinkstripes  |  January 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Your cake looks gorgeous and perfect.

  • 16. Natalie  |  January 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    you have the magic touch, girl! i wish my cakes had come out so perfectly.. amazing job. :)

  • 17. carolina  |  January 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I will pretend with you! It is last week and I am saying that cake looks beautiful! I love the cake pan. What a great gift and an even greater way to use it.

  • 18. Girl Japan  |  January 27, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    This looks beautiful, thank you for showing all the steps, the height and cake, the glossing and plating… beautiful.

  • 19. Carol Peterman  |  January 27, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Look at you with your “no carving necessary” cake pan! The only drawback is you don’t generate snack-scraps and you have to wait until it is cut to try it. Just a heads up for the gingerbread cake, it’s not very sweet either, which I love, but I don’t think it will deliver the sugar rush you like.

  • 20. Mary  |  January 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    What a cute cake! And that is the perfect pan for it too!

  • 21. Julie  |  January 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    What a beautiful cake you did!!!!

  • 22. pamela  |  January 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I have to say that I’ve never seen a cake more perfectly hollowed out than the one you posted here. Great job!

  • 23. Sugar B  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Chuc mung nam moi!

    And I agree with you on this cake. Wasn’t my favorite either. Meh. :)

  • 24. foodlibrarian  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Holy moly. I can’t believe those pans!!! I’m both horrified that they sell every. single. pan. you. might. ever. need and jealous that you have one!! :)

  • 25. Di  |  January 27, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Great job, Clara! I hope things calm down for you soon.

  • 26. Amy Ruth  |  January 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

    The Point Is…. your cake turned out way cute even if you were hoarding the SIL pan for a year. Now, you’ll probably mine everything. Duh? Great photo…
    Think of it as a summer fun do.
    January what? tee he he

  • 27. spatulascorkscrews  |  January 28, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I love the glossy icing! Gorgeous cake! It looks so scrumptious. Maybe you could pack one up, stick it in a box and send me a piece! Mine is all gone :-(

  • 28. Jaime  |  February 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    your little cake is so cute!!


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