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Fraisier Cake

Frasier cake with strawberries, pastry cream and whipped cream in a soft and fluffy sponge cake

Fresh strawberries, creamy vanilla pastry cream and light whipped cream sandwiched between fluffy sponge cake layers. This take on the classic fraisier cake is creamy and refreshing!

Ingredients

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Sponge

  • 15g Unsalted butter (1 tbsp)
  • 30g Vegetable oil (2 tbsp 1 tsp)
  • 40g Milk (2 tbsp 2 tsp)
  • 30g White sugar (I) (2 tbsp 1 tsp)
  • 70g Plain flour (1/2 cup 2 tsp)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 60g White sugar (II) (1/2 cup 1 tsp)

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • 200g Milk (3/4 cup 4 tsp)
  • 100g White sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 16g Cornstarch or cornflour ( 2 tbsp)
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla paste
  • 20g Unsalted butter (1 1/2 tbsp)

Stabilised Whipped Cream

  • 450g Thickened/Heavy cream (2 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp Gelatine
  • 1 tbs Cold water
  • 50g White sugar (1/4 cup)

Assembly

  • 500g Fresh strawberries, evenly sized (17 oz)

Instructions

Sponge

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C fan forced
  2. Line the bottom of a 8-inch cake tin
  3. In a medium sized bowl whisk the egg yolks
  4. In a small saucepan heat the milk, oil, butter and sugar (I) over low heat until melted
  5. While whisking pour the milk mixture into the egg yolks and whisk until smooth
  6. Sift the flour into the egg yolk mixture and mix until combined
  7. In another bowl whip the egg whites with sugar (II) until stiff peaks
  8. In three additions fold the meringue into the egg yolk mixture, being careful not to deflate the bubbles
  9. Transfer the batter to the cake tin
  10. Place the cake tin in a water bath (a tray/tin of boiling water) and bake for 60 minutes
  11. Turn the oven off and leave in the oven for 15 minutes
  12. Once cooled run a knife around the edge of the cake tin and invert the pan
  13. Wrap in cling wrap and place in the fridge until assembly

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  1. Heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat until steaming
  2. Combine egg yolk, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla in a medium sized bowl and whisk
  3. Add the heated milk to the egg mixture and whisk
  4. Transfer the mixture back to the saucepan and heat on low heat while stirring constantly
  5. Continue to stir until thickened 
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter
  7. Transfer to a small bowl and cover with cling wrap, pressing the cling wrap to the surface of the pastry cream
  8. Chill
  9. Once chilled, whisk to smoothen it out and transfer to a piping bag

Stabilised Whipped Cream

  1. Combine gelatine and water in a small bowl and set aside to bloom for 5 minutes
  2. Combine the cream and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk until soft peaks
  3. Heat the gelatine mix in the microwave for 20 seconds, or until just melted
  4. Add a spoonful of cream to the melted gelatine and mix until smooth and well combined
  5. With the stand mixer on medium speed add the gelatine-cream mix and whisk until medium-stiff peaks are reached
  6. Fill a piping bag and set side until it's ready to be used

Assembly

  1. Remove the top caramelised layer of the sponge cake, then slice the cake into two thin layers
  2. Trim the cake layers into 7-inch circles with the help of the cake ring
  3. Line the cake ring with a strip of acetate (or baking paper if you don't have any)
  4. Place a sheet of cake at the bottom of the ring and line the sides with halved strawberries, cut side facing the wall of the cake ring
  5. Fill the gaps between the strawberries with whipped cream 
  6. Pipe the pastry cream in the centre
  7. Arrange whole strawberries flat bottom down on top of the pastry cream until the base of the cake is covered 
  8. Fill in the remaining gaps with whipped cream (make sure to leave some cream for the top of the cake) then top with the remaining cake layer 
  9. Pipe on the remaining whipped cream and smooth it off with a spatula 
  10. Decorate with remaining strawberries 
  11. Place in the fridge to set for 3-4 hours, or overnight
  12. Once set remove from the cake ring  and carefully remove the acetate strip (or baking paper) before serving

Keywords: cake, fraisier, strawberry, pastry cream, creme patissier, sponge cake, french

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