June is the month when strawberries are at their ripest. What better time to make a fresh strawberry flavored cake? (Or be born, might I add?)
This birthday cake order was my first attempt at a naked-style layer cake! It’s four layers, for a 24 year old. I haven’t quite worked my way up to 24 layers yet! I really like being able to see a hint of the layers from the outside. I’ll definitely be trying my hand at more “naked” cakes this summer.
The cake had a bright strawberry flavor that I balanced with layers of vanilla Italian meringue buttercream and a pop of tart raspberry preserves.
I sampled a few different cake recipes… while the ones that included the most fresh strawberry puree were the most appealing on paper, they produced mushy cakes that tasted like Special K cereal! No one wants to think about Special K and weight loss on their birthday… I did more research and found that recipes using a hint of strawberry gelatin along with strawberry puree maintained the most vibrant fruit flavor and color.
I decorated the top of the cake with fresh seasonal berries. Nothing beats a strawberry blossom!
These colors make me believe that summer is officially here! I was thrilled to make this cake and can’t wait to try my hand at other summer birthday combinations. Let’s keep celebrating all summer long.