I think I have a sweet sense like some of the characters do in The Girl Who Chased The Moon. I love to bake cakes and share them.
When my partner was a kid his favorite treat was Strawberry Cream Cake from Canter's Delicatessen in West Hollywood. I decided to surprise him with one for his birthday a few weeks ago.
For this recipe I used the Cook's Illustrated version. Unfortunately, it's copyrighted and I can't publish it here. With three pages of instructions it would take up too much room anyway. Yikes! I about gave up when I saw how much work was involved but decided to take on the challenge.
My first stumbling block was running out of cake flour. I used the Internet to find a solution. The magic word was "cornstarch." Place 1/4 cup in a 2 cup measure and then add flour.
The next challenge was the cake pan. I had the required 9 inch. The problem was it fell short of the 2 inch height. This would be an issue because the single layer needed to be cut into three. For a quick fix I split the batter between three 9 inch pans.
In addition to the cake, I had to make a strawberry reduction for the filling, position cut strawberries between layers, and make whipped cream.
The cake didn't last long and was gone in a few days. The memory of it remains. Do you have a favorite summer cake?
Weekend Cooking is hosted at Beth Fish Reads.