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16 years ago this day was a very special day for my husband and I as our daughter Elia was born. I had already two sons a 9 1/2 year old and a 7 year old. When we found out that it would be a girl we were thrilled. During the early months of my pregnancy I had some problems and the doctor told me that I should stay in bed until the baby was born. Anyway everything went well and she has brought so much happiness into our lives.
She loves both chocolate and strawberries so this is a special cake for her.
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.

Strawberry Cake

Sponge Cake

Ingredients:

1 dose sponge cake (see recipe here)

2 heavy creams (500 ml) 35%

white couverture chocolate

chocolate chips

dark chocolate

200 grams of fresh Strawberries

1 tablespoon brandy

¾ cup of sugar

lemon juice

icing sugar

chocolate syrup

Directions:

Prepare the sponge cake and set aside until it cools.

Whip cream in mixer until stiff. When cream is ready place 1/3 of cream separately and mix with 2/3 cold strawberry syrup.(Place in refrigerator)
In the other 1/3 whipping cream melt some dark chocolate in baine marie and keep stirring until it has cooled down. Mix chocolate with whipping cream. (Place in refrigerator)
The other 1/3 add a vanilla and a spoonful of icing sugar and mix. (Place in refrigerator).

When the sponge cake has cooled down, cut it into three pieces.

In the strawberry syrup we have reserved, mix a spoonful of brandy and wet the sponge cake. Add whipping cream with chocolate as a first layer, then add sponge cake, add strawberry whipping cream. Place the third sponge cake on top and spread some chocolate syrup on top. With the white whipping cream cover the outer part of the cake and decorate on top.Add whole strawberries and finally in a separate bain marrie melt the white chocolate couverture and with a spoon draw some horizontal lines.

Decorate the outer part with chocolate couverture chips and cigar shaped biscuits, cut in half. Add a few on the top.

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20 Comments on A Strawberry Cake for Elia

  1. Cakelaw says:

    What a great cake Ivy. And happy birthday to Elia!

  2. Peter M says:

    Happy Birthday to Elia, na sou zisei!

  3. Bellini Valli says:

    Happy birthday Elia:D Your mom has made your a beautiful cake:D Enjoy your day with family and friends:D

  4. Ben says:

    Happy Birthday Elia!

    And good luck in the challenge, Ivy :D

  5. Ivy says:

    Hi, Everyone and thanks for your wishes.
    By the way i have been facing problems with the photos I upload to the blog. Some of our friends tell me that they cannot see the photos although I can see them. I have removed them and uploaded them again but in case there is still a problem please let me know so that I’ll try and find another solution.

  6. Peter G says:

    Happy b’day to Elia. Great looking cake Ivy. ( I can see the photos now)

  7. Ivy says:

    Thanks Peter, I am relieved now.

  8. Fearless Kitchen says:

    This looks fabulous. Happy birthday to Elia – I know she’ll enjoy the cake.

  9. 'Chef' says:

    Ella is a lucky girl, to have a Mamma that takes the time to make her such a special cake! Please tell her that I wish her a very happy birthday!
    -Chef

  10. Ivy says:

    Thanks everybody for your wishes. I have conveyed them to Elia and she thanks you as well.

  11. Pixie says:

    Ivy, I’m in love with this cake! yum yum yum! Happy bday to your daughter!

  12. Ivy says:

    Thanks Pixie.

  13. Mansi Desai says:

    This looks beautiful Ivy! great cake for a great b’day:)

    btw, I hope you can participate in my WBB-Balanced Breakfast event this month:)

  14. Ivy says:

    Thanks Mansi. Shall check it out and see what I can do.

  15. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Happy belated birthday to you sweet daughter Ivy. What a beautiful cake you’ve made. She mjst have LOVED it! BTW, I have the same glass platters…yay!! Tried to make something for Ben’s, but hink I missed the boat! :0(

  16. Ivy says:

    Thanks Deeba, I have also noticed that a long time ago hehehehe :-)

  17. n33ma says:

    Hey Ivy,

    Beautiful cake.I hope your daughter has a wonderful year.

  18. Ivy says:

    Thanks Neema for your wishes.

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