Today, I will introduce to you the first ever gateau I made on the very first day I started learning to bake, dating all the way back to 2008. Back then, I thought to myself…. I was pretty fed up of baking cheesecakes. Why not try baking a gateau…
I just wanted to try baking something different..
The white chocolate strawberry gateau has come quite a long way….
It started by a desire to bake a cake for my cell leader’s birthday in June 2008.
I decided to bake a white chocolate strawberry gateau as above.
My housemate was baking a black forest at the same time as shown in the picture above.
I got a bit intrigued at how he was creaming his black forest cake so I decided to copy him!
I started spreading cream around my cake and then thought to myself….oh wow….it actually looks very pretty!!
Back in June 2008, this creation was pretty to me! Now, it will be ‘classified’ as imperfect….LOL…
How have times changed…
I also had a Nikon DSLR back then, so my food photography kind of started from there…
I got more excited about baking….
The positive feedback I got from my cell members and friends kept me going..
and I never quite call it quit even if I fail…
The above pic isn’t a fail. This was made in march 2009 for a friend’s birthday as well.
I was starting to ‘exercise’ a bit more creativity….LOL..
Still quite imperfect back then…. but that was because I did not have my cake rotator…
Ever since my good friend bought me a cake rotator as a gift from USA….
life has never been easier..
More perfect-ish creaming effects…
and starting trying to look more ‘professional’…
I have now kind of got fed up baking the same cake again and again. Since 2009, I have started exploring baking other cakes…so this cake has kind of disappear from my library of recipes as I would choose to bake other cakes over this.
Even so, it is the very first cake I baked and it does bring back a lot of memories. It is also fairly easy and straightforward for the novice bakers to try out.
I shall share the recipe for the first gateau I have ever made…
White Chocolate Strawberry Cream Gateau
For the sponge:
1) 150g white chocolate
2) 200g unsalted butter, diced
3) 3 large eggs
4) 150g caster sugar
5) 200g self-raising flour
For the filling:
1) 500g ripe strawberries (250g for filling and 250g for topping)
2) juice of half an orange
3) 1 tablespoon of caster sugar
4) 100g white chocolate
5) 150ml double or whipping cream, whipped
1) Heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2) To make the sponge, break up the chocolate and melt very gently with the butter. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool until needed.
3) Break the eggs into a bowl. Add sugar. Whisk until the mixture is extremely thick and foamy. It’s ready when the whisk leaves a ribbon-like trail of mixture when you lift it out of the mixture. Gently stir the chocolate mixture then whisk it briefly into the egg mixture. A soon as it is combined, avoid over-mixing. Add the flour and gently fold in using a large metal spoon. Divide the mixture between two tins (9 inch springform cake tin), and spread evenly.
4) Bake in the heated oven for 20 minutes until a light golden brown and the sponges spring back when gently pressed. Run a round-bladed knife around the inside of the tins, just to loosen the sponges, turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
5) To make the filling, wipe the strawberries and save half of good-looking ones for decoration. Thinly slice the rest into a bowl. Add the orange juice and the sugar and mix gently. Leave for 10 minutes for the flavours to develop. Grate the white chocolate and gently fold half into the whipped cream. Save the rest for decoration.
6) To assemble, set one sponge on a serving plate and spoon on the strawberries and juice. Cover with the cream then top with the second sponge. Decorate.
Recipe taken from “Divine Heavenly chocolate recipes with a heart” by Linda Collister