Showing off pretty bowls and plates must wait because I made a treat last night that would be most appropriate for the upcoming Memorial Day long weekend. May long weekend is the unofficial kick off for summer. For us Canadians, that would be Victoria Day the previous week. We clamour for sunny days, relaxing alfresco meals in the backyard, and a cold drink in one hand. This is also the perfect time to enjoy strawberry shortcakes.
This time last year, I weighed in on two different styles of strawberry shortcakes. As much as I love the biscuit-style, it may not be the easiest to prepare for a big crowd because the biscuits must be served fresh out of the oven. I quite enjoyed the buttermilk cake version with whipped crème fraîche in individual portions so I made it again this year. Only this time, I wanted a showstopper. A tall and proud layer cake piled high with berries to mark Little Brother’s belated birthday celebration. I got what I asked for.
I never shy away from birthday celebration despite protests from family and friends. Birthday is a time to reflect on what you accomplished in the last year and get pumped up about all the adventures you’ll experience in the next 365 days. Okay, so this is not necessarily a philosophy shared by all but why get all moody about turning a year older? Age is nothing but a number and you’re becoming wiser. All the trials and triumphs in the past make you a better person.
That’s enough fist-pumping optimism for a day. We have cake.
This gorgeous dessert is made of two layers of tender buttermilk cake with juicy sweet strawberries, raspberries, tangy whipped crème fraîche, and homemade balsamic raspberry jam. For me, it is about from-scratch goodness but it can just as easily be adapted for semi-homemade. If you use store-bought plain cake and jam, this cake is a simple matter of assembly. As is my habit, I made two 6-inch cakes instead of one large 9-inch version. One for me, one to give away (Dad is the lucky recipient this time). If you’re still on the hunt for a Memorial Day barbeque dessert, give it a try!
Get the recipe from Dessert By Candy.
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