Everyone loves strawberries in summertime! They're beautiful and sweet at the moment, and all British grown. We had a few left over from a punnet so I decided to try a recipe that was a bit out of my comfort zone - one that requires purées and two different mixtures and creaming things.
For my 21st, I got given Let's Make Whoopies! by Sophie Grey. A whoopie, for the uneducated, is a flat disc of cake with a filling and then another flat disc of cake - almost like a cake sandwich, if you will. The strawberry cheesecake version features strawberries and strawberry cream in the middle, with a marbled cheesecake and strawberry sponge cake.
I'm very impressed with these; the recipe seems to work spot on (I've had trouble in the past with recipes being too 'industrial' for home baking) and they taste beautiful! I'm not the biggest fan of fresh strawberries or strawberry flavoured things but these are really something else. The sponge is sticky and cloying but this works fantastically with the sweet cream and fresh strawberries inside. The cheesecake mixed in cuts through the sweetness and stops the strawberry flavour from being too over powering.
I'm not going to give out the recipe because to be honest, this is a book you really need to get if you're into cakes at all. The recipes can all be transformed from whoopie to cupcake to full sized cake, so it's really a book for anyone. Plus it has recipes for savoury whoopies that can be used as canapes etc.! I'll do a review of it at some point, when I next have a day off work. For now, satisfy yourself with these pictures of my (new favourite!) thing to bake!