Monday, September 12, 2011

Chinese Bakery-Style Birthday Cake with Strawberry Mousse Filling


As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I made my dad a Chinese bakery-style cake for his birthday. It was just like the one I made for my mom last year, except instead of using vanilla custard and peaches/kiwis, I filled this one with strawberry mousse and fresh strawberries. I know. I'm on a strawberry kick. What can I say, I'm not ready to let go of summer yet.


Now, everyone knows that I love cake. Chocolate cake, cheesecake, cakes filled with shredded vegetables, loaf cake, cake covered in sugary sweet glaze...I've never met a slice a cake I didn't like. But of all the cakes I've consumed in the last 25 years, I love Chinese bakery-style birthday cakes the most.  Trust me when I say that they are vastly superior to every other cake out there.


They're light and fluffy, not too sweet, filled with fresh fruit, and coated with a light and delicate whipped cream frosting. And, if you sandwich thick strawberry mousse and sliced strawberries between the layers of fluffy cake...heaven. Each bite just melts in your mouth, and you can eat more than one piece without feel queasy or jittery from sugar overload. It's fantastic. Try it!

This recipe is inspired by a recent post from my friend Lucy.

- For directions on how to make the cake base and whipped cream frosting, click here or here.

- For directions on how to make the strawberry mousse, click here.
** I didn't have time to macerate strawberries for the mousse, so I just blended a lot of fresh strawberries with 3/4 cups sugar. That seemed to work just fine.


For other great recipe ideas, click here or here.

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BY THE WAY...my friend Melissa started a food blog recently, and she just made a post about Chinese birthday longevity noodles. How appropriate! Show some support for a new member of the food blogging community, and check out her site.

8 comments:

Leslie said...

drooling...

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Beautiful photo... just wanted to stop and say thanks for being such an active part of erecipecards... Love your recipes...

All of your recipes show up here...

http://erecipecards.com/account/userrecipes.php?id=99

Great body of work (so far)... Keep submitting ;-)
Dave

Carolyn Jung said...

Wow, does this ever bring back memories. I remember my Dad buying those strawberry cakes from Chinatown bakeries. The cakes were always lighter than air, with slices of berries all in between a fluff of smooth whipped cream. Pure heaven.

Tina said...

@Leslie: If you come visit, I'll make you a cake!

@Inspired: Thanks! I'll definitely keep submitting :)

@Carolyn: Pure heaven is right! I can never eat more than a few bites of American store bought birthday cakes, but the Chinese bakery-style cakes? I could eat the entire thing by myself!

Lucy said...

I'm glad the strawberry mousse version came out well! What a lucky dad! Also, I'm impressed you got it all done in one afternoon :)

Michael Ann said...

I have never heard of Chinese Bakery style cake ?? But this looks super delicious! I am not a huge cake fan because I don't usually like the frosting. I LOVE whipped cream frosting though and it makes the cake so moist. I want to try this! Thanks for posting.
Michael Ann
The Big Green Bowl

Kim McCallie said...

This looks delicious! I love cool and creamy desserts like this. I'll definitely have to try this one day. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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