May 18, 2012

Strawberry Mousse Cake

My son only has days of kindergarten left and that means one thing, a summer full of two kids all day long. Don't get me wrong, I love both of my kids tremendously, however, when they are together for long periods of time they fight. The smallest thing that the other one does will get on their nerves and they will cry, scream, you name it. So what do I do? I eat sweets. Not a lot, but a small slice of great homemade cake can relax me after a stressful and crazy  week. I love cake, especially with homemade frosting, yum! In the spring I love using fresh strawberries and I was excited when I saw a recipe for Strawberry Mousse Cake in the April issue of Southern Living magazine.

This recipe has 11 ingredients. I takes 5 hours and 15 minutes of total time, 45 minutes of which is active and makes 10 to 12 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no ingredient modifications. I did have to make a few changes to the recipe. The first issue was with the time the recipe stated for the gelatin to set. The recipe states for the gelatin to set for 30 minutes, that is way too short. I tried using the mousse after it had sat in the fridge for 30 minutes and the cake layers slide off. I put the gelatin back in the fridge and let it sit for an hour and then it was much easier to deal with. Finally, I changed the frosting recipe. The frosting didn't add any vanilla extract. I have never made frosting without vanilla or almond extract, so I added a small amount of both and then set it in the fridge until I frosted the cake. This helped the frosting not to be runny and the flavor was great with the addition of the extracts. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.
The flavor of the fresh strawberries in this cake was delicious. I served this cake for mother's day and I was very pleased with the results. Make sure to change the frosting and mousse components of this cake and it will turn out perfectly. This cake only lasted two days since it was so popular! Overall, a great spring cake and a yummy way to use fresh strawberries.

For the recipe go to Strawberry Mousse Cake.
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