Strawberries and whipped cream are, for me, summer in a nutshell. When I was little I couldn’t wait for strawberry season and I still greet the arrival of proper strawberries with equal enthusiasm now. I love using them in baking and desserts, in smoothies and drinks, or just eating them whole with a tiny dusting of sugar and squirt of lemon juice.
According to research conducted by Seasonal Berries, strawberries are the fruit that most awaken our senses and evoke strong memories and emotions. They discovered that certain sounds and smells actually make the strawberries taste sweeter and ‘fruitier’. You can put this to test if you like by listening to the soundscapes Seasonal Berries have put together along with instructions on how to create the whole sensory experience.
I am not entirely convinced that listening to the sounds makes the fruit taste any different, but I am in complete agreement that strawberries usually bring back wonderful memories. I baked this strawberries and cream cake for my neighbours’ daughter’s birthday and it was a dual celebration as they had just welcomed a baby boy two days previously. It is a beautifully simple, very tasty cake – I hope you make it and report back!
8. Best eaten on day of decorating although it can be kept in the fridge for one day.
Note: I love ‘naked’ cakes. Almost certainly the invention of a baker who had either run out of frosting or time (or both) they are a very easy way of frosting a cake without having to worry about perfection. If you want to frost the cake ‘properly’, make a little extra whipped cream and frost after the crumb coating sets in the fridge (step 6).