|Don't you find that the strawberry shortcake look like Snow White? :)|
Yesterday, 2 of my ex-colleagues visited me. They have seen some of the photos on the cakes I baked on my Facebook, and requested me to bake. I gladly agreed as that means another chance to practice my baking skills :D
It was one of my friend's birthday, so I took the opportunity to bake a birthday cake for her. I hardly frost my cakes so this is a good chance to practice :)
I saw the beautiful Chocolate Gateau posted by Nami on her JustOneCookbook blog, and decided to bake that :) I followed every step and was confident that the cake will turn out great. I tested my newly acquired oven thermometer and had the oven ready at 190 Degree Celcius. But, what I missed out was that the cake should take 30-35 mins to bake. I set my timer at 35 mins and when the alarm went off, I found that the top of the cake was slightly burnt :( I was at a lost at what to do - should I slice off the top and go ahead and frost it? But what if it's too crumbly/dry? Should I bake another one following the same recipe? I even searched through the internet to find out if there is any way to remedy this.
To play safe, I decided to bake another cake. I went back to the strawberry shortcake recipe from HHB. I baked this for my eldest sis last year. The sponge cake turned out quite nicely baked. As I baked a day in advanced, so I wrapped the cake in cling wrap and kept in the fridge. The next morning, I began to work on the frosting.
I was glad that my friends and their kids like the cake. The strawberry shortcake I baked may not taste as soft as the one at Four Leaves, but I guess it's the thought that counts? :p I feel happy that I was able to bake for my friend. Sometimes the best gift is not something you buy with money, but one that is handmade with effort (& sweat)? hehe.
Happy Birthday, my dear friend! :)
|Happy with how smooth the top of my sponge cake looked.|
|Temperature is critical in baking a sponge cake. I always anticipate nervously when the cake is baking in the oven, wondering if it will rise :p|