White chocolate and strawberry cake

Over the craziness of Christmas and family, I’m afraid I’ve been terribly neglectful of this blog. I have been baking and snapping pictures though, so I’ll try to make up for it over the next week or so. I spent a couple of days in Geraldton this week, in a cute little house close to the beach, which was lovely. However I was entirely unprepared for the urge to bake. White chocolate and strawberries have been chasing each other around in my head for a while, and I decided that it was an itch that needed scratching. So a determined trip to the local IGA resulted in a hand whisk, a tin as well as the necessary ingredients. My memory served me well as a recipe book on this occasion, and trying to measure ingredients in mugs and bowls was inventive, challenging and fun.

I’d like to acknowledge the help of my brother, who for some bizarre reason, enjoys hand whisking things. So we began. Whisking eggs was just the beginning. I also decided that buttercream would be a good idea…. Not. I think I should possibly go into therapy. More than 10 minutes of hand whisking egg whites and sugar syrup is no ones idea of fun.

I’d love to say this cake was a resounding success, however I believe that it still needs tweaking. The buttercream was too thick and rich for the cake. I would either double the cake, or just use the strawberry buttercream in the middle and top the cake with white chocolate ganache. However, we made our cake, and ate it too. And it was fun.

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White Chocolate Cake (Adapted from this recipe)

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