Strawberry & Cream Layer Cake

In the build up to Father’s Day I asked my hubby if he had any preference as to how he would like to spend it.  “How about you do the barbecue this week” was the reply.  “Uh, ok if that’s really what you want” was my less than enthusiastic response “but what if it rains?”  “Ok, then I would like a big juicy steak with mushroom sauce and roasted butternut.”  Now that is more like it but I still wanted something a bit more extravagant.  “How about a dessert?” I tried.  “Nah, no thanks” and that was that.  No fun for me in the kitchen on Father’s Day.  Well, that is until I saw the theme for The Sunday Baking Club which is Summer Sunshine Week.

Now I don’t think I’ve seen the sun all week but summer to me is fresh strawberries and lashings of cream. I had bought this chocolate transfer sheet from Squires Kitchen a while ago and was desperate to try it out so what more of an excuse does a girl need.

Into the kitchen I went and whipped up a four layer sponge cake but later decided that would just be completely over the top so only used three of the layers.
I then blended some of the less than perfect strawberries together with some icing sugar and a dash of lemon juice to make a lovely, tangy strawberry sauce.
I then whipped up some fresh cream and chopped up some fresh strawberries. I layered all this together and then moved on to the fun part.
I melted some dark chocolate and spread this over the transfer sheet and placed it in the fridge for 10 minutes or so until it set.
I then removed it from the fridge and peeled the transfer sheet off and revealed the most beautiful piece of chocolate with strawberries on it.
I broke this up into shards and placed them round my cake.
I added some whole strawberries on the top and drizzled with some more strawberry sauce and hey presto – a cake full of British Summer goodness.

So for all the special Dads out there but especially for my Dad and my hubby

I used the sponge mixture from here but only because I like a dense sponge. Any good Victoria sponge recipe will do.

Tea Time Treats which is hosted by What Kate Baked  and Lavender and Lovage has a theme of layer cakes this month so here we go ….

I’m also submitting this to A Mummy Too’s weekly blog hop


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30 thoughts on “Strawberry & Cream Layer Cake

  1. Evelyn

    Strawberries and Cream = HEAVEN. Must run in the family. Your cake looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

  2. Monet

    Oh my goodness, now if only you could send me a slice! What a gorgeous cake and such classic combo. You can’t go wrong with strawberries and cream!

  3. Jacqueline @Howtobeagourmand

    Oh Angela sorry I didn’t spot this earlier – I blame the changeover from Google reader. What a beautiful way to celebrate Father’s day for your dad and your hubby. So professional looking. I hope they were both tickled pink 🙂

  4. Suzanne Perazzini

    What fun that transfer is – I have never seen one before. I would have loved to have seen inside the layer cake – it would be so pretty. Adriano doesn’t have a sweet tooth either, which can be disappointing but he likes my baked goodies because they have to be low sugar for me.

  5. Zoe

    Hi Angela,

    Please pardon my short “disappearance”… I was away for two short holidays :p

    Your layer cake looks very pretty! Your pretty cake does remind me that Doreen from my little fav DIY has given me a couple of chocolate transfer sheet. Got to use these transfer sheet too.

    Btw, hope that you will like baking Little Teochew’s cotton soft cheesecake too. This recipe is fantastic!


  6. Emily @amummytoo

    Oh wow those are shards of chocolate?! That’s so cool! Thanks for linking up with #recipeoftheweek 🙂 There’s a new one live now (look for the quiche on the home page!), if you want to join in x

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