Saturday, April 19, 2008

Strawberry Jam & Strawberry Birthday Cake

Strawberry Jam, originally uploaded by bakerette.

I was shopping at the supermarket and found some local strawberries that looked yummy and were quite cheap. I decided to buy 6 small boxes and make strawberry jam. My husband loved strawberry jam and we usually buy "bon maman" because it tastes so natural and is more of a preserve than a jam. I used about 3 pounds of strawberries, 4 cups of sugar, a couple of squeezes of lemon juice and a splash of balsamic vinegar. The vinegar is a Nigella Lawson tip which she claims makes the strawberries strawberrier if that is a possibility. I loved the jam and it was strawberrily delicious...not sure if the balsamic contributes but I'll use it from now on anyway!
So this brings us to the next half of the title, the Birthday Cake. It was Husband's b-day on the 12th of April, and since he loves strawberries and strawberry jam, I made him??? Yep Strawberry cake. I used the Dorie Greenspan recipe "Perfect Party Cake" from the last Daring Bakers Challenge. I liked the cake a lot and, so I filled the layers with the homemade strawberry jam and a strawberry swiss meringue butter-cream and decorated it with fresh strawberries. Of course I don't always have the time to take good pics for my blog so since I was busy making all the other birthday goodies that day , all I have is a washed out pic taken with my other, less advanced camera...