I recently made a little variety of desserts for my sister-in-law’s birthday party. A Berries and Mascarpone Cream Trifle, a Chocolate Cherry Tart and a Vanilla Cherry Birthday Cake.
When my brother approached me to make the birthday cake for this party, he actually requested for this crepe cake. I didn’t feel that the crepe cake was appropriate for the party for one reason: The slicing. Slicing this cake can be quite horrific, and I really didn’t want to take the risk. So the crepe cake didn’t make it to the party.
To make up for the disappointment, I made them this trifle, using quite the same ingredients as the crepe cake. The bottom of the trifle bowl was filled with Vanilla Cake (unused portion from leveling of the Vanilla Cherry Birthday Cake layers), slattered some strawberry jam, spread a layer of mascarpone cream (the same one as the crepe cake), throw in some fresh strawberries and blueberries and repeat the layering once more. Topped with more berries, it was quite a stunner. Taste wise, this trifle took the stage. REALLY delicious!
I chose to make the chocolate cherry tart for obvious reasons. It was easy to put together, needs no baking and looks absolutely indulgent! I first saw this tart on Mowelicious’s instagram and fell in love with it immediately. The crust was made using crushed oreos and melted butter pressed into a long tart shell. The ganache has a nice shiny sheen to it which I really like. As my sis-in-law prefers milk chocolate, I used 53.8% callebaut chocolate for the ganache and reduced the golden syrup to 2 tablespoons. I found that it was a little too sweet for me but it seems ok for the guests. Next time I’ll try using 70% chocolate and make them into smaller tarts with wine-soaked cherries. Overall, this was a good tart and it was a hot favorite among the kids. The recipe of this tart can be found here.
And finally, this birthday cake. This 3-layer vanilla cherry cake was inspired by the cake from the talented Linda Lomelino’s blog. I didn’t use her recipe for the cake as there wasn’t sufficient time for me to test it out first. So I went ahead with my own trusted vanilla cake, added a touch of pink for two of the layers and throw in a few chopped dark cherries to the pink layer.
For the frosting, I had initially planned for a raspberry meringue buttercream which no doubt is my favorite flavor, but sadly, I couldn’t get any raspberries so strawberries was the replacement. The cream was alright, the addition of fresh strawberry puree actually created a candy-like flavor.
I really suck at frosting cake as you can see. It was kinda embarrassing with the unevenness. But I thought the flowers look pretty sweet? Sister-in-law was really pleased with the flowers!
The party was an intimate one with only close families and their neighbours. I’m also glad to be able to make people happy with the sweet treats. There will be a few more birthday parties of family members coming up in the next couple of months, so you can expect to see more posts like this. Stay tuned!
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