Strawberry and lime mousse is gloriously sandwiched in between a gluten-free sponge, covered with a fluffy, vanilla bean whipped cream and then topped with delicate rose petals.
By Martyna Candrick
I wanted to make this cake one that a whole family could enjoy. I removed the seeds from the puree which resulted in a velvety smooth strawberry, almost marshmallowy, centre. I used fresh cream and yoghurt cream cheese to add a little probiotic goodness and balance out the fat content somewhat. For a dairy-free version you could use the thick layer of coconut cream instead.
I also wanted to make the sponge gluten-free because I know many of you are Celiac. While I used almond meal, you could use the same amount of rice flour or gluten-free flour if allergic to nuts.
Do not be discouraged by the number of elements in this cake, it is very easy to make and assemble. Most of the time is spent waiting so bear that in mind. I removed the seeds from the puree which resulted in a velvety smooth strawberry, almost marshmallowy, centre, but you can skip this step if you wish. To make unrefined icing sugar simply blend unrefined sugar of choiceor process in a coffee grinder. Berries: you could use any fresh berries, or frozen ones that are thawed before blending.
- 4 eggs, must be at room temperature
- ⅓ cup unrefined Demerara sugar (or other granulated sweetener of choice - see notes above)
- ½ cup almond meal (see notes for nut-free alternatives)
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot (tapioca) flour
- 500g (1lb 1oz) ripe strawberries (1 cup pure strawberry puree)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- zest of 1 lime
- 21/2 tablespoons milled unrefined demerara sugar (unrefined icing sugar or sweetener of choice)
- 23/4 teaspoons gelatine (I used this grass-fed gelatine)
- 4 tablespoons boiling hot water
- 200g (7oz) yoghurt cream cheese (or thick natural Greek-style yoghurt)
- 300ml (10fl oz) fresh cream
- 300ml (10fl oz) fresh cream
- 2 tablespoons milled unrefined demerara sugar (unrefined icing sugar or sweetener of choice)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla powder (or vanilla bean paste)
- ⅓ cup coconut flakes
- 1 fresh rose, petals only
- Preheat oven to 170C (340F, gas mark 4). Line a bottom of a 23cm (9inch) spring form tin with non-stick baking paper. Do not grease sides.
- Separate eggs making sure to keep the yolks intact. Place egg whites in a bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed until the whites become frothy and start to form soft peaks, about 2 minutes. Begin adding sugar, a tablespoon at a time while continuing to mix on high speed. The mixture should now be quite firm and glossy. Continue beating on high speed. Whisk yolks and add a tablespoon at a time to the whites until all are incorporated.
- Reduce mixer speed to very slow. In a separate bowl mix together the flours and add in in three batches. Mix on low speed until just incorporated.
- Pour batter into prepared tin and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven (leave oven on for the strawberries) and cool in the tin completely before removing from tin. To do so, run a knife around the edge of the cake. Using a bread knife, slice the sponge in to two layers.
- Wash and hull strawberries. Cut in half and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 10 minutes at 170C (340F, gas mark 4). Remove from oven and transfer to a blender. Process until smooth. Pour pureed strawberries onto a fine mesh sieve set over a clean bowl and strain, pressing with a spoon. Discard seeds. Add lime juice, zest and milled sugar, whisk to combine. In a small bowl combine gelatine and boiling hot water. Mix until gelatine is dissolved. Add gelatine to the warm strawberry puree. Whisk well before adding yoghurt and whisking again. In a bowl of an electric mixer, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Reduce speed to low and mix in the puree.
- Place the bottom half of the sponge cake back in the springform tin. Pour in the strawberry mousse, spread evenly and top with the remaining cake layer. Press down gently. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.
- In a bowl of an electric mixer, whip cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
- Run a knife around the edge of the cake to separate the mousse from the sides of the tin. Remove the ring and transfer the cake, gently, to a serving platter. Place half of the frosting on the top of the cake and spread. Using a knife, Spread remaining icing around the sides of the cake, rustic is fine. Top the cake with coconut flakes and rose petals.
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Martyna is a Polish-born Australian recipe developer and food blogger. Her creativity and passion for good food shines through in many of the delicious and easy to prepare meals which she cooks, styles and photographs for her blog, Wholesome Cook. Fresh cream-filled eclairs are her only weakness.