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Strawberry Cream Cakes make for the most blissful picnic treats

Strawberry Cream Cakes

June is full-on strawberries and cream season. As you may have noticed from my previous posts, it’s also the prime time for roses. So when we were invited to an alfresco lunch at Incredible Vegetables near Ashburton, these three ingredients immediately sprang to mind. I needed something that was portable and easy to eat outside – strawberry cream cakes with a hint of rose it had to be.

Wimbledon will soon be upon us and the happy spectators will consume around 27,000 kilos of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream. I may not be attending the game, but I have picked and eaten my very first strawberry of the season from our pot in the garden; the blackbird got the second one. Luckily our local grocer stocks sweet scented Cornish strawberries, so off I tripped to purchase a punnet for my cakes.

Incredible Vegetables

Incredible Vegetables is in a stunning location on the edge of Dartmoor and everything was growing in abundance. It put our plot completely to shame. I’ve never seen such an enormous stand of rhubarb and so many beautiful lupins. There was a veritable feast awaiting us and most of it had come from the plot – theirs not ours: hablitzia fritters, various delicious and pretty salads, bread from the local bakery and pumpkin cake. We arrived with a few strawberry cream cakes and left with full bellies, sticks of yard long rhubarb, some strange plants that were of particular significance to CT and a young katsura tree. Many thanks Mandy.

Strawberry Cream Cakes

Substituting whipped cream for the more usual butter is not something I’ve done before and it makes for an interesting change. The texture of the sponge is quite different – lighter and softer but sort of denser at the same time. I may not have described them very well, but they were delicious and we could definitely taste the cream. The rose came through as a subtle enhancing floral note, but the strawberries were the star of the show.

Strawberry Cream Cakes with Hint of Rose
Yields 30
Little cakes baked with strawberries and cream and lightly flavoured with rose. Ideal for summer picnics and alfresco eating.
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Prep Time
18 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
18 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 125g golden caster sugar
  2. 2 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
  3. pinch of Himalayan pink rock salt
  4. 100g wholemeal spelt flour
  5. 100g white spelt flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 250ml double cream
  8. 2 tbsp rose syrup (or 1 tsp rose water or 1 drop rose oil) - optional
  9. 150g strawberries - washed and hulled
Instructions
  1. Beat the eggs, sugar and salt together in a large bowl with electric beaters or by hand until the mixture is thick, pale and has at least doubled in volume.
  2. In a separate bowl whip the cream and rose syrup until the mixture is just holding its shape, but be careful not to over whip.
  3. Sift the flours and baking powder into the egg mixture and fold in until just incorporated.
  4. Fold in the whipped cream, again until just incorporated.
  5. Chop half of the strawberries and carefully stir in to the cake batter.
  6. Divide the mixture between 30 small muffin moulds.
  7. Slice the remaining strawberries and place a slice on each cake.
  8. Bake at 180C for 22 minutes or until well risen and golden.
  9. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Treat Petite LogoI’m sending these off to Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer for Treat Petite as this month’s theme is Fit for a Queen. Well strawberries and cream are fit for anyone I reckon, including the Queen.

 

Tea Time Treats LogoHerbs and summer berries is the theme for Tea Time Treats over at Lavender and Lovage this month. My strawberry cream cakes may not contain herbs, but they do have rose and definitely berries.

And as these were made for an outdoor picnic, they also go to Eating Alfresco with Rebecca at Munchies & Munchkins.

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      Choclette
      22nd June 2016

      Thank you. We had a load of local strawberries last night after a long solstice walk on the moors – with cake 😉

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    Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    22nd June 2016

    These look great Choclette, perfect for the start of Wimbledon. I love that you’ve replaced the butter with the cream and still achieved a great bake.
    Angela x

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      Choclette
      22nd June 2016

      Thanks Angela. It’s really interesting using cream. I think I shall be experimenting a bit more, but it seemed particularly appropriate for strawberry cakes in June 😉

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Thanks Dannii, strawberries and cream are a summer classic and cannot be ignored 😉

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    Ceri Jones
    22nd June 2016

    Really interesting about the cream, must make them much lighter than butter? Love strawberry season and long may it last!

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Yes, the sponge is lighter and softer than a classic butter one. It makes for an interesting change. My personal strawberry season has been taken over by the blackbirds!

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    Elinor Hill
    22nd June 2016

    I love the inclusion of rose. I love the smell and taste of rose. Perfect with a cup of tea and then a snooze in the sunshine.

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    Vicky
    23rd June 2016

    There’s nothing to match British strawberries, I love strawberry season and missed picking them last year so I must get out over the next couple of weeks to a local grower Your cakes look amazing, the rise is just wonderful and they look so light and Summery.

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Thanks Vicky. It’s strawberries and rhubarb all the way at the moment. I feel like I have to make the most of the season.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    23rd June 2016

    I saw these on Instagram and have been meaning to pop by and have a look at the recipe. They are so pretty and summery!

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Thanks Jac. They were delicious and just had to be baked for a June picnic.

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      Choclette
      25th June 2016

      Thanks Natalie, it was a wonderful place to have lunch and a delicious lunch too.

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    munchies and munchkins
    26th June 2016

    I love the idea of using double cream and I can imagine the heavy/lighter texture. These look so lovely. Thanks for linking to Eating Al Fresco. x

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    Stuart Vettese
    26th June 2016

    These would definitely be fit for a Queen (and Wimbledon too) – thanks for taking part in Treat Petite.

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    1st July 2016

    These are just adorable and they look delicious! Tiny bakes like this are so dangerous though – it’s so easy to say ‘just one more’!

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      Choclette
      2nd July 2016

      Hahaha, you are absolutely right Becca. These are best made for a gathering where they will be snuffled up by everyone else 😉

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      Choclette
      2nd July 2016

      Strawberries and cream embody the essence of Summer for me – along with roses.

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    Kat (The Baking Explorer)
    1st July 2016

    Wow they sound amazing! I had a cake with double cream in it once and it had such a wonderful texture, I really need to give it a try myself. Thanks for entering into #TreatPetite

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      Choclette
      2nd July 2016

      Thanks Kat. The texture is really quite different, but very very nice.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    1st July 2016

    I love the way the strawberries and poking out of the tops. They look so pretty. It’s definitely the best time of year for strawberries and it’s so good to see more varieties in the shops at the moment too x

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      Choclette
      2nd July 2016

      They are rather cute little cakes. I wish we had more varieties of strawberries on offer around here, but at least we have local Cornish strawberries.

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    Julie McPherson
    10th July 2017

    There’s something so delightful about little individual cakes. The combination of strawberries, cream and rose in these little cakes sounds absolutely heavenly. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor. 🙂

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      Choclette
      11th July 2017

      Thanks Julie. I have a thing for mini cakes or conversely gigantic cakes 😉

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