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