Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lemon Strawberry Breeze for TLC Cake Crew Challenge

I few months ago I was asked to be part of a group of 18 bloggers chosen by TLC,The TLC Cake Crew.
I was very honored to be asked, and I still believe that there is some kind of mistake ( please don't tell anyone, I  am having so much fun!).  Well, a  few weeks ago, we all received a Flip Video Camera and details about out first Cake Crew challenge. They asked us to share our favorite homemade summer dessert with
As usual, I’ve been really busy , but with the help of my two guardian angels ( you know who you are),  I have just managed to squeeze in my submission today.
This is my first online video, please excuse my accent and my nervousness. 

And since I 'm always running around looking for easy last minute dessert ideas, I thought this dessert would be perfect . Do not panic, if you don't want to make the cake from scratch, just get it at the store.

Lemon Strawberry Breeze Dessert from Kathia Castro on Vimeo.

Lemon Cake with Strawberry Mousse and homemade Lemon Whipp Cream
Makes two 6- inches round cake pans or one 10- inches

For the Lemon Cake

1 cup of cake flour
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 stick of unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of egg whites
1 cup of milk

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray the bottoms and sides of the pans with baking spray
-In a large bowl, combine the cake flour, all purpose flour and baking powder. Sift them all together and set aside.
-In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the sugar and  butter and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
-Add the vanilla, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt.
-Set the mixer to low speed and add the egg whites, make sure you scrap often.
-Add the flour mixture and the milk in two batches, starting with the flour.
-Scrape down the bowl and beat until thoroughly combined  on medium speed for 20 seconds.
-Put the batter into the pans and bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean

Strawberry Mousse

1 1/2 teaspoon of gelatin
1 tablespoon of water
1 1/3 cup of strawberry  puree
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
1 cup heavy whipping cream

-Place a metal mixing bowl and metal whisk into the freezer ( you are going to use it to whipped the cream)

-In a small bowl sprinkle the gelatin over the water, mix and set aside to soften
-In a sauce pan set over medium heat , stir the sugar and the strawberry puree until hot. Do not let boil,it only needs to get hot enough to dissolve the gelatin.
-Add the lemon zest and gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolve
-Set aside and let it cool to room temperature
-Get the metal mixing bowl out of the freezer,add  the whipping cream and whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks.Do not over whipped!
-Fold the cream into the strawberry base.
-Set aside

Lemon whipped cream
( you will do this after the dessert has been chilled and when you are ready to serve it)

1 cup of heavy whipping cream
5 tablespoons of confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Place the sugar and lemon juice into the metal mixing bowl and add the whipping cream.
Whisk just until the cream reaches stiff peaks

Dessert Assembly

-Once the cake is cool release it from the pan and trim the top of the cake.
-Line the bottom of the cake pan with plastic wrap and put the strawberry mousse in to the pan.
-Put the cake trimmed side down on top of the mousse.
-Fold plastic wrap over cake and chill for 1 hour.
-Take chilled dessert out of the refrigerator, un wrap plastic, invert onto serving platter and top with lemon whipped cream. Garnish as you like and dig in!!

Please leave a comment and let me  know what you think!


Karma said...

Kathya, muchas gracias por la receta, me ha hecho mucha gracia verte "en acción" jeje
Besitos wpa!

Gaby said...

Simply delicious!!!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Great video, Kathia! Congratulations on being part of the TLC cake crew!!

Anonymous said...

Felicidades! bellisimo el video y el cake suuper rico! abrazos!!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

YOU are a doll!!! You have the prettiest accent!

Oh, and your cake sounds delicious! I never would have thought of using the cake pan to mold the mousse....I probably would have dumped it all on top and that wouldn't have been pretty! ;)

Great video!

cookies and cups said...

Oh my gosh you are the cutest! Don't apologize for your accent, it's perfect!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!!!!you look great!!!! Delicious cake!!! I want a to try a piece!!! =)

Gabriela Lizano said...

It´s a very good recipe, Congratulations!

faithy, the baker said...

Congrats! And i think you look great and great vid!! BTW, i love that cupcake apron of yours! :D

Anonymous said...

Great video, you are a natural in front of the camera!.. Great summer dessert!!

My Creative Way said...

This is amazing! You did a wonderful job :D

I can't wait to make my first video now! You made it look so easy and fun.

I gotta make this... it looks very yummy!

Raychel -

monica said...

Super rico el postrecito!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenniffer said...

Oh Kathia! You did SO good!! I don't think you came off nervous at all! Great job!!

Roberto said...

Great recipe!! And you look fabulous! Definitely a winner.....cheers from Costa Rica! XoXo Rob

Dave said...

Love it!

sweet pea said...

That cake looks so yummy, I can't wait to make it! Your directions were clear and easy to follow.

shirley said...

Great video, and love that you whipped the cream by hand!! Can't wait to try it...Yumm :-)

Daydreamer Desserts said...

Toda una profesional frente a la camara y tu postre se ve riquísimo!

Diego said...

I think thats what i want for my birthday!!!! yummy

The Cooking Photographer said...

I am so proud of you Kathia!!!!!!!!!!!! Your video looks fantastic and you did a great job!!!


Pam @ PartyStart.Me said...

You did great! You didn't look nervous at all and I love your accent!!! Fantastic job!!

Aarti said...

What a great video! The dessert sounds and looks delicious and pretty easy to make too. Awesome job!

tracy said...

mmm...dema rico sigue asi eres toda una profecional sin palabras

Susan said...

So nice to hear your voice and see you in action! You are adorable and that dessert looks SO yummy. Thank you for your note. I promise to write back when I have more time. For now, hugs to you!

Blessings, Susan

Sue Sparks said...

Kathia, Great job on the video! It's so fun to see you come to life:) The cake looks beautiful and is a perfect summer dessert!

Annie said...

This cake is delicious and the video is great.
A hug-

Lori R. said...

Kathia,,, You look like a professional... you nailed it!!! Okay, I loved the whole thing... your cupcake apron, your accent is perfect, just being you.. you were very articulate and I actually thought after watching it that I could make that myself. I liked how everything looked uncluttered (when I cook, I cover every surface with something) and to top it all off, you have the cutest dimples. How could they not pick you as the best!!! Excellent job, you are a natural in front of a camera....Thanks for sharing.... hugs

Hannah said...

You are so beautiful! Love the video.

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