How to please your daughter on her 13th birthday!
Start with Wisconsin fresh market strawberries...
End up with a cake that is truly to die for....
- Make her the cake she loves.... strawberry cream layer cake
- Clean house like a mad woman... hide things in closets.
- Arrange and rearrange back porch furniture and plants as if the Dalai Lama was arriving.
- Purchase crazy colored nail polish at Walgreens for party favors.
- Can't forget the balloons and special napkins. What would a birthday be without balloons.
- Cool stripey candles to boot...
- Chauffeur around 6 teen girls for giggles and supper to local pizzeria.
- Let them run wild until a bit too late.
- Put in girl movie... Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio (who else)
- Rouse yourself out of bed at 1:00 a.m. to stop them from cooking pizza rolls at such an ungodly hour....
- Wish her happy birthday and get some shut-eye.
- Note to self: Remember ear plugs for the next slumber party... you will get to sleep faster.
Danish Layer Strawberry Cream Cake
I grew up in a town where we were blessed with really good Danish bakeries. One of these bakeries made the best Danish Layer Cream Cake ever. It was what you always wanted your birthday cake to taste like... So delicious, a spongy cake with this amazing filling and cream... sometimes raspberry, sometimes lemon custard and always whipped cream. I think I have finally found the cake that pleases my senses enough that I would make it every week if I had the time. Unfortunately I am on a gluten free diet,,, the no fun diet... so I end up taking a bite to make sure it is palatable and then...I go to bed dreaming about eating it, breathing it and eating it again. Thank goodness for hungry and appreciative mouths.
What makes this cake special are the egg whites...oohh how they make this cake a big giant sponge, able to soak up the flavor of the ripe June strawberries. The cake recipe comes from a 1957 cookbook put out by the Journal Times in Racine Wisconsin.
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tbs cold water
- 1 and 1/2 tbs cornstarch - place into measuring cup and fill the balance of cup with cake flour (heaping)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 6 tbs unsalted butter melted
Beat egg yolks well, add sugar, cold water and vanilla. Add melted butter. Sift dry ingredients and fold into egg mixture. Add lemon juice. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites (you want nice soft peaks when whipping your whites.) Pour batter into 2, 9" cake pans, buttered & floured, and lined with parchment paper. Split your batter 1/3 in one and 2/3 in another. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. The cake with the The cake with the 1/3 batter will be done in 15 minutes.... the pan with 2/3 batter will take a bit longer....around 20-25 depending on oven. You will start to smell cake and it should be pulling away from side of pan and a bit golden /brown. Let cool for 10 minutes, tip upside down and let cool on wire rack. Split the larger cake with long serrated knife.
- 2 quarts of strawberries, washed and dried
- sugar to taste
- 1 pint organic whipping cream
- 4 bamboo skewers - 10 inches
Here she is the beautiful birthday girl! Thinking about what she is going to wish for!