Tuesdays With Dorie: French Strawberry Cake

I’ve fallen off the Tuesdays with Dorie wagon lately. (Not to throw my beloved new baby under the bus, buuuut…it’s pretty much entirely his fault. He may be cute, but self-sufficient and conducive to work he is not.)  A little break is necessary sometimes, but I don’t quite feel like myself when I’m not baking for fun, so last night I made the last-minute decision to make this week’s recipe, a French Strawberry Cake.

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Fortunately the cake was pretty fast to pull together. The cake portion is a genoise, or as I like to call it, a gen-NAW, as in “Just say naw to gen-naw.” (This is what we call sleep-deprived “humor.”)

Yep, this dry, sturdy French sponge cake has never been one of my favorites, and this incarnation didn’t change my mind. I guess I’m the wuss who likes my cakes to have a tender texture and an actual flavor. Sorry I’m not sorry.

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However, I can forgive a lot when strawberries and cream are involved, so filling the genoise with a mix of sweetened fresh strawberries and topping it with whipped cream pretty much made this cake a win in my book.

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I tried to get crafty and make a simple syrup from fresh mint leaves to give the cake a unique spin. The syrup smelled amazing, and I still think it was a nice idea, but I couldn’t taste the mint at all in the final cake, so aside from moistening the genoise, it was pretty pointless.

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I’ve made other variations of the strawberry and cream cake that I like better, so I probably wouldn’t make this one again, but it was worth it to dive back into the kitchen for an evening and feel like myself again.

Want to say yee-haw to genoise? You can find the recipe for French Strawberry Cake by going to Sophia’s Sweets or Think, Love, Sleep, Dine.

10 Responses to Tuesdays With Dorie: French Strawberry Cake
  1. Judy says:

    Your cake looks lovely. I never would have guessed you were sleep deprived.I love the decoration. Like you, I was not crazy about the cake itself.

  2. Danguole says:

    I’ve not been a fan of the genoise cakes I’ve attempted, but my grandmother’s? Magical, seriously.

    • Elizabeth says:

      How is it that grandmas always have the magic touch?! Mine had a method of making dinner rolls that was crazy amazing. Bless her.

  3. Spike says:

    I’m impressed- beautiful cake despite being in baby mode! Looks great

  4. Jodie says:

    I thought this was a little dry, too. Yours looks fab as always! Hope the little guy is doing well!

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thanks Jodie! He’s super awesome. I don’t want to become a baby blog so I’m constantly stopping myself from posting pictures on here…I fear I might lose the battle one of these days. :)

  5. Ckay says:

    Sleep deprived and still producting a beautiful cake like yours – not to mention the greats pictures? Wow!!!
    Between moms, What’s the trick? I desperately would like to know…

    • Elizabeth says:

      Haha, I wish I knew a good trick! I mostly rely on staying up too late and working like a crazy person while he naps. I fear it’s a flawed method…

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Cher says:

    Beautifully done – especially on the three seconds of sleep you are probably living on.

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