July 30, 2007
I made the Strawberry Mirror Cake as part of the Daring Bakers' July Challenge. I did find it very challenging. First, I was afraid of gelatin. I have used it in the past (way past) with poor results and stayed away from any recipe using it. I still had issues with my gelatin but now I know (with the help of other DBers) that you can strain the gelatin (I learned after I made the cream). Second, I did not realize how much I had to beat my egg mixture for the cake (used my very old hand mixer) and my layers were a little thin (I will be buying a second bowl for my mixer). Third, I let the Bavarian cream set a smidgen too long and while I was able to fold in the whip cream I did have some bits of concentrated Bavarian cream giving the effect on the cut slice of cotto salami. The mirror was surprisingly easy to make and tasty too. On a whole I liked the cake but it will not become part of my baking standbys perhaps a special occasion cake.