This Strawberry Almond Cake is layers of light moist almond cake filled with strawberry compote and strawberry buttercream.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! It’s the day for love. Confession…. I have never really been a big fan Valentine. Why do we have to wait for that one day to be romantic, to show affection and give gifts? Love should be celebrated everyday. So in the spirit of love and all things sweet and lovely I present you with this delicious Strawberry Almond Layer Cake.
I made this almond cake twice. In my mind I envisaged the cake being this light textured pink tinted cake with white buttercream. First it was the texture of the cake. It was quite dense which in self is not bad thing if you like dense cakes. But I wanted a fluffy cake. Then I noticed when I was editing the pictures of the cake that buttercream wasn’t white. Usually when I make buttercream I get a creamish colour but this time it was more yellow. Obviously that is because of the buter which is yellow. At that point I stopped editing the pictures.
Back to the kitchen it was.
Like with most of my cake recipes, I began by beating sugar and eggs until fluffy. This incoprates air bubbles so the cake will rise and be light in texture.
Next I made my cake flour subsitute by sifting together plain flour and corn flour. Cake flour contains less protein than plain flour which produces a lighter cake. We don’t have cake flour in the UK so I always make mine. Please read the notes for an easy way to make cake flour substitute.
Finally the magical ingredient that adds more lightness of the cake, whipped eggs whites. Using just egg whites amd not the yolk creates an even lighter cake.
The result is a light moist almond cake, just what I wanted.
Now for the buttercream, I wanted something fruity . To fresh strawberries, I added lemon juice, sugar and corn flour. Half the strawberry compote was used as a filling for the cake and then the rest was added to the vanilla buttercream to create a strawberry buttercream. I would recommend making a stiff buttercream and then adding the compote to it. The buttercream is full of strawberry flavour.
What you have folks is a soft moist almond cake filled with strawberry compote and frosted with strawberry buttercream. A cake that can be enjoyed with loved ones this Valentine or other occasions.