Strawberries, cream and sponge cake are the most classic Nordic summer cake combination. It’s served through the summer and the best bits are those sweet and local strawberries. That’s why I bake that classic every summer, but last weekend I wanted to try something new. With same flavours but different texture and look. I also had a package of ladyfinger biscuits in the kitchen after my father’s birthday party last autumn so I needed to come up with and idea for them too!
As a result, this cake was born – silky strawberry mousse (with the real strawberry flavour and colour, not any extracts used!) and soft and caky bottom made with the ladyfingers. Simple and so delicate (and yummy of course). My mom just ordered this for Midsummer!
Fresh & Summery Strawberry Mousse Cake
- Prep Time: 35 min
- Cook Time: (setting overnight)
- Total Time: 40 minute
- Yield: 1 cake, about 18 servings 1x
- 24 ladyfingers bisquits
- 500 g strawberries
- 80 g sugar (about 1 dl)
- 14 g powdered gelatine
- 3 dl (300 ml = 1 1/4 cups) whipping cream
- 150 ml water
- zest of 1 lemon
- 80 g sugar (about 1 dl)
- fresh strawberries
- 100 g cream cheese
- 1 dl (about 0.5 cup) icing sugar
- First, make the strawberry puree. Wash the strawberries and cut the greens off. Set aside about 10 nice looking strawberries for the decorating. Puree the rest of the strawberries in a blender.
- In a sauce pan, heat up about a third of the strawberry puree with 80 g of sugar and the powdered gelatine. Boil for 1-2 minutes (whisking continuously) until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and whisk in the rest of the strawberry puree. Set aside to cool.
- Make the syrup for the ladyfingers. In a small saucepan, heat up the water with 80 g of sugar and the zest of the lemon. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Next you can make the strawberry mousse. In a large bowl, whip up the cream to a firm peak. Gently fold in the strawberry puree, using a spatula. Do not overmix, the mixture should be still airy.
- Line a 20 cm round spring form cake pan with baking paper (both bottom and sides).
- Soak the flat side of the ladyfinger in the syrup and place against the side of the cake pan (soaked side facing inside). Repeat and arrange most of the ladyfingers (about 18) around the sides of the cake tin. Soak the rest of the ladyfingers and place on the bottom of the cake pan in one layer (you can break them apart to make an even bottom for the cake).
- Pour the strawberry mousse in and smooth the top with a spatula. Place the cake in the fridge to set overnight. (I prefer setting my cake overnight, but about 4-6 hours is probably enough if you want to serve it sooner!)
- When the cake is set, remove the sides of the springform cake tin and peel off the baking paper from the edges. The cake should stay in its shape easily (if not, put back to the fridge to set more).
- Mix the cream cheese and icing sugar until creamy. Put the mixture into a piping bag and pipe on top of the cake. Decorate with fresh strawberries.