I’m going to start of like an old miserable fart – I don’t like Valentine’s Day. I really hate it, just like I hate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Days only for the commercial gains.
If we can’t love our friends, partners, family and parents during the whole year – and show it … why bother at all. Also that those that doesn’t have a partner, mum or dad … have anyone thought about how they feel when those days comes up??? Now I have ventilated enough in this matter. And this has nothing to do with Barbara’s passion for Valentine’s Day.
I’m very cynical, aren’t I???? Still I have a big romantic heart
Now to Barbara and her stunning cake – The Valentine’s Day Cake, it appealed to me because of the oranges in combination with strawberries. One of my favorite flavor combinations. Here is Sweden we have a Royal dessert, called “Strawberries a la Haga”. Haga is the royal castle where our Crown princess Victoria and Prince Daniel lives with their nearly year old daughter, Estelle. It’s also where our king and his 3 sisters grew up.
“Strawberries a la Haga” is fresh strawberries marinated in fresh orange juice and Grand Marnier served with vanilla ice cream. It was a dessert created for one of our Kings sister’s wedding.
So when I read Barbara’s beautiful post – I knew I had to try this out. Barbara@Just a Smidgen – has one of the most beautiful blogs I know of – it’s so pretty and everything is so tasteful – I call it my sweetie shop. She put so much beauty and afford into every post she does. She also won the Canada Blog Award in 3 categories or was it 4???
The recipe is for two cakes – so I halved the recipe, one is more than enough for me.
Had to convert cups into ml and grams again … sometimes it doesn’t really add up, all depending on what converter I use over the net.
I didn’t read Barbara’s instructions fully – so I missed that the strawberry slices should be added after the cake had been in the oven for a while, I put them on at once before I put the tin in the oven and I was not into the heart shaped strawberries neither.
Otherwise I followed the recipe as it was written. When it came to the orange syrup I spooned it over the cake when it was lukewarm. After an hour I took a slice and for me the cake was far too sweet.
The next day I decided to eat it with the strawberry glaze and whipped cream. Before I started I took a slice of the cake and it wasn’t sweet as the evening before – it was very moist and light. Sorry, Barbara that I complained about the cake being too sweet – I take back every word.
The orange glaze I didn’t do and regarding to the strawberry glaze – I made a fresh strawberry coulis instead. I just took a couple of the fresh strawberries, 1 tbsp icing sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and run it with the mixer until it’s a smooth puree. I needed to use up the strawberries, wasn’t many to the punnet. I was also afraid that the glaze based on the strawberry jam was going to be too sweet.
And here is the result – it was lovely and I had it as dessert after my salmon pasta – which I will come to later.
I will make another cake this week – and bring it over to my mum – she will love it. It wasn’t a difficult cake to make. Need a bit of prep.work with the orange zest and the pressing of the juice, but when that was done it was very quick.
I would advise that you rinse the orange zest under really hot running water for a couple of minutes to take out the bitterness in it. It will not lose any flavor; it will bfecome more delicate and round in flavor instead. A trick of the trade.
So this cake, post and my cloud of music I dedicate to Barbara and her passion for all that she does – for all us singles and all those with a broken heart that has to survive Valentine’s Day too.
“Falling in love is so hard on the knees.”
“Unchained Melody” is one of my ultimate love songs – it gives me goose bumps even between my toes (my big romantic heart’s fault). Not able to find a good track with Righteous Brothers, but I found this with Clay Aiken. For me a new star – an American singer born 1978 and his really name is Clayton Holmes Aiken – and his fame came with “Pop Idol” 2003 and he has some CV after that. Never heard about him before, but I love his voice and he does a fantastic job of this wonderful song.
Photos provide by and thanks to: (dessert) skingoodness.com & (castle) svenskdam.se