What glorious weather we have been enjoying over the last week or so.It seems that summer has arrived, and with it comes the start of the British strawberry season. The strawberries in the supermarkets are now starting to actually taste of strawberries (as opposed to nothing very much), and we have had some really good ones this week during picnics in the park and dinners in the garden.
I thought I would join in with Ren Behan’s Simple and in Season blogging event this month by baking something with strawberries. When my brother-in-law called and asked me to make a birthday cake for his wife, it seemed the perfect opportunity to make a strawberry and white chocolate cake, from the Great British Bake Off book. This seemed particularly suitable as this month’s event is being hosted by Urvashi Roe from the Botanical Baker, who was a contestant on the series.
This cake has a lovely flavour, with orange zest toning down the sweetness of the white chocolate in the sponge. The strawberries in the middle are also soaked in orange juice with some sugar and more zest, giving them a little extra something. The only change I made to the recipe was to coat the sides of the cake in a thin layer of cream as well, and cover this with toasted coconut shavings. This is a lovely, moist cake with some delicious flavours and I hope to make it again while the strawberries are still good.