2012/06/19

Yeah, well, about that... (TWD Baking w/ Julia: French Strawberry Cake)

...let me be first to point out the obvious.

There are no strawberries in my French Strawberry Cake.

The cake is filled with cherries.



I know, I know.

It's supposed to be a French STRAWBERRY Cake, not a French CHERRY cake.

But the strawberries in the store just looked so, so...blah. And our strawberry season in the Northeast is all wonky as a result of an even wonkier winter.

Wonky seems to be the theme of my life this year. I think the neighbors are starting to wonder about me... Just sayin'



And the cherries were so pretty.

And I had just picked up a bottle of espresso basalmic from a new olive oil store that just opened up in the area. (I am totally in love with this store by the way. Totally.)

Pitting all those cherries was kind of a PITA, but lemmetellyou that magic happens once those pitted fruits are given a chance to hang out in sugar and a healthy dose of balsamic. (It's bordering on miraculous that this post isn't just a picture of a slab of naked genoise).

Added bonus - the juice formed as a result of "hanging out" made for an excellent soak for the genoise layers.



And yes, the genoise layer was only cut in half - not thirds.

Because I could.

And I also opted to halve the whipped cream (not so much a fan of copious amounts of the stuff - a dollop is okay, anything more, meh...). Which also made it easier to assemble - I just used an 8" cake ring and unmolded it when it was time to serve. Simple. Absolutely simple.

Since no one in the house knew that this was supposed to be a "strawberry" cake, there were no complaints. In fact, the cherry version received double thumbs up all around.


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for French Strawberry Cake (actually using said strawberries) can be found on the sites of this week's hosts: Sophia over at Sophia's Sweets and Allison at Think, Love, Sleep, Dine.

51 comments:

  1. Your cherry cake looks so pretty - and I personally like cherries better anyway. I saw lots of gorgeous cherries in the States, but because they were always sold in massive bags, I didn't buy any.

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  2. I love the idea of cherries! My strawberries weren't that good, so I probably should have chosen something else.

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  3. Cherries and balsamic sounds delicious! And cheers to a wonky year!

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  4. What a great flavour combo! Nicely done Cher!

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  5. I feel exactly the same about cream. If life gives you cherries, make french cherry cake!

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  6. I like the cherry idea instead of the strawberries. Love love cherries. Did you use a cherry pitter. I am waiting for one to arrive so that I can use all these cherries I have in something. Looks delicious.

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    1. No cherry pitter. Just me, a paring knife and my stained fingers... And two pounds of cherries which seems to equate to 79,856,325 individual cherries in case you were wondering.

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  7. I have to wait for the cherry season here, just strawberries, I like your idea

    Ulrike @Küchenlatein

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  8. Love the cherries! Some in my family won't eat cherries (I consider it a personal failure) or I would have used them too! Your cake looks delicious!

    For whatever reason I can't post my link! Would you do it for me? Thank you and have a nice week. See you Friday:)

    http://lolalive2day.blogspot.com/2012/06/twd-french-strawberry-cake.html

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  9. MMMMM cheeerries. Go with what's good when it's good. Nobody wants strawberries if they're crappy strawberries

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  10. Wow cherries with balsamic! Such an interesting combo! Wish I could taste it right now...sounds absolutely yummy!

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  11. Beautiful twist on this cake, Cher! My hubby only drinks his cherries in Kool Aid form :/ But I'd love a slice of your yummy version~

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  12. Mmm. I love cherries and I'm sure they tasted great with this cake!!

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  13. Great idea using cherries instead of strawberries. It seems like the recipe is pretty versatile!

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  14. I have that same balsamic vinegar and was wondering what to do...now i know :)

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  15. Beautiful cake Cher! I like the idea of cherries in your cake and I'm thinking of a mix of strawberries and cherries, might be good too;-)

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  16. Cherries are great, too! Someone else used mango this week.

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  17. Looks great, Cher! I would gladly have traded my strawberry cake for a slice of your cherry chake. Of course, you saw my cake, so you know that's not much of an offer.

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  18. Espresso balsamic vinegar - now we are talking! What a great add-on to your cherry cake. I use a pin to help pop the cherry pit out :)

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  19. I can't believe you pitted all those cherries. You are a better woman than I :) Sounds delicious with the balsamic vinegar!

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  20. Love your cherry cake…it looks beautiful! Espresso balsamic vinegar sounds so yummy!

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  21. I LOVE this idea! Cherries and balsamic?? Yes please!

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  22. I LOVE this idea! Cherries and balsamic?? Yes please!

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  23. If there's one thing I love more than strawberries, it's cherries. Looks delicious!

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  24. I had to pass this month, will do catch up next month, and cherries might work for me also. They've just come into season in Colorado. This whole recipe looked complicated to me - I can't do thirds. Thank you for doing 2 layers instead of 3. It does look absolutely delicious, however.

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  25. Looks delicious! We have to race the raccoons for cherries from our backyard... they're not quite ripe yet, but soon!!

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  26. I think cherries is a great idea with this cake, Cher. I love all the juice on yours. I restrained myself when I usually just pour all of it on strawberry shortcake. :)

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  27. The CHERRY cake looks so yummy. I took a little left turn too and made shortcake instead!

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  28. Cherries are my favorite fruit in the whole world and I am sure that your French Cherry Cake tasted pretty amazing - great idea!

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  29. I'm a huge fan of cherries and this sounds divine! Now I'm trying to think where I can find cherries in my city... Great job!

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  30. Your cake sounds wonderful. I managed to get some of the first strawberries of the season for our cake, but I'm looking forward to Okanagan cherries later this summer. And stone fruit. And huckleberries. Mmm, summer.

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  31. OMG this sounds and looks fabulous! I may have liked this cake better with your filling. Very nice adaption.

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  32. Ooh, I think my family would have liked cherries even more than the raspberries and I personally would have LOVED the balsamic. And the evoo store sounds awesome!

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  33. What a great variation! I may have to try this.

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  34. Oooh, this looks so fresh and delightfully light - okay, I like Strawberries but Cherries have a Joie de Vivre about them (please excuse any spelling errors).

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  35. Thanks for the tip on the olive oil store. Looks gorgeous, and we've got family nearby, so we will look for it on our next trip. Separately, you deserve a big cherry-red medal for pitting all that fruit. Are you sure you haven't studied at Le Cordon Bleu? I hear that's how they punish wayward students...

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  36. Espresso balsamic!!! That sounds awesome! The combo of cherries and balsamic...yum.

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  37. I have one of those olive oil/vinegar stores near me and they have little cups at each of the vats so you can taste the oils and vinegars. Some of the vinegars I could drink like juice. So good! I like your cherry version. They are yummy right now. Great substitution!

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  38. Ooooh, fresh cherry! YUM. I wish we had one of those awesome vinegar/oil places near me. My sister has one near her and it is amazing! Such great finds. I may have to copy your idea though of the cherries, sugar, balsamic. Sounds divine!

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  39. Cherries are more daring.... and interested! Looks superlicious - and so perfect for summer. We have Oil & Vinegar in our mall - it's an addicting place - so much to try and sample! Looks like a winner this week!

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  40. Cherries are more daring.... and interested! Looks superlicious - and so perfect for summer. We have Oil & Vinegar in our mall - it's an addicting place - so much to try and sample! Looks like a winner this week!

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  41. how great that you made it with cherries AND soaked the layers! Wish I had thought to soak the layers!!! ... Now I have even more ideas to make this cake again with some great variations!

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  42. I love cherries, it sounds wonderful!
    And wonky is good and always more interesting!

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  43. Cherries!!! My second favorite fruit!!! Your cake with cherries looks lovely.

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  44. What a great idea! I love cherries with anything, but I've never tried them with balsamic. Sounds great.

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  45. Yeah, wonky growing season here in Colorado too. I have three types of cherry trees in my garden, and this year they not only ripened a lot earlier, but in a different order than in the past several seasons. Since I froze a bunch, I will keep your cake variation in mind. Nice job!

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