Theresa's Mixed Nuts: HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUESTPOST: CHRISTMAS MAGIC WITH DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE

Monday, December 22, 2014

HOLLYWOOD SPY'S GUESTPOST: CHRISTMAS MAGIC WITH DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE


Guys! I am so excited to have one of my most favorite people guest posting here today- my dear friend Dezzy! If you don't know him (and you really should!), head over to Hollywood Spy and say HI! Dez and I have been blogging friends for the past few years, and he has been my go to for all of my movie and t.v. news. While he is the king entertainment, he also has a talent for creating Ah-mazing cakes, and today he is going to share his scrumptious Strawberry Cake recipe with us all. Make sure you PIN IT, then hop over to Dezzy's for some more magic :)


DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE
Greetings, minions! The spy is taking over sweet sister Theresa's palace today, but do not despair, I do bring cakes with me :) And not any cake, but DEZZY'S STRAWBERRY CAKE to celebrate the upcoming holidays and also Theresa's birthday this week! So take a piece of cake and don't forget to visit HOLLYWOOD SPY's headquarters too for latest movie & TV news!

FOR THE SPONGE
3 cups of yoghurt (butter milk or sour cream work too)
2 cups sugar
2,5 cups flour
1 cup ground roasted hazelnuts
1 cup vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil)
vanilla, baking powder
HOW THE MAGIC WORKS:
 Mix sugar, vanilla with yoghurt and oil, then mix in flour, baking powder and hazelnuts. Pour the batter into a big baking pan and bake for about 12-15 minutes at 200*C. The sponge should be soft and moist, so do not overbake it, use the toothpick test. When the sponge cools down after baking, cut out a nice rectangular base for your cake. Finely crumble and mash the rest of the sponge left after cutting into a bowl and mix it with a few tbsp of strawberry jam to get a spreadable mixture.


FOR THE ICING
You can use just some whipped cream, or you can go Dezzy style and prepare some instant strawberry flavoured pudding (sweetened according to your taste with sugar) and mix it with the same amount of whipped cream after it cools down. 1 litre of pudding and 1/2 litre of whipped cream should be enough.
HOW THE MAGIC WORKS:
 Spread the jam mixture over the base sponge (it should be about finger thick), spread a bit of pudding cream over it and arrange fresh strawberries over that (I usually cut the strawberries into halves and when I feel a bit naughty (which is more often than not) I sprinkle them with some cherry brandy or strawberry liquor) and then spread the rest of the pudding cream over that layer. Decorate the cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

DEZZY'S EXTRA ADVICE  
If you want to, you can cut the sponge into two smaller rectangles and then you can have two sponge layers, two jam layers and two cream ones for a smaller cake.If you don't have strawberries you can use apricots and apricot jam, bananas (with mashed bananas in the jam part).

68 comments:

  1. That sounds SO good - ANNND now I have a new blog to stalk. Sweet.

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  2. Seriously that cake looks awesome, amazing, incredible. And Happy Birthday week to you!! I'm headed over to Dezzy's to say hello.

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    1. Glad you liked the cake and for wishing Theresa a happy birthday and also for following the Spy :)

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  3. that actually looks really good

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  4. I've been waiting for this one! Apricots or bananas? That sounds good too. I love the artistry. Mine will probably not look like that(smile). Taste will have to compensate(:)
    Happy birthday to Sister Theresa!!!
    Thank you both for this sight!!

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    1. and raspberries go well in it too with raspberry jam in the jam part :)

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    2. they look so pretty on top... I have a raspberry cake recipe over in DEZZ IN THE KITCHEN album at Facebook :)

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  5. Yum! I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at those pictures. I those taste has as good as they look, they must be amazing. You're just so dang talented!

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    1. It won't give you much weight, Donna :) Most of my cakes are more or less easy on the tummy since I don't use eggs and butter :) Just yoghurt (you cannot taste it in the sponge) and tones of fruit :)

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  6. OMG!!!
    You really are a baker...
    Looks incredible!
    Great job.....

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    1. glad you like it, Linda :) It's quite an old photo, but the recipe is still working miracles :)

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  7. I should say 1 litre of pudding and 1/2 litre of whipped cream should be enough! Wow, it looks great. This is my birthday week too, and my dad's. We always celebrated everything on Christmas which is a bit of a ripoff I suppose. I must request this cake be made for my birthday too.

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    1. it's really easy to make you can try it this year :) And it is not so much of the icing since you will use it in two layers and for the frosting :) Under one litre of pudding I mean the finished prepared pudding in one litre quantity (in my country it would be a litre of milk and two instant puddings).

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  8. Nom nom!! I want some - but I'm not much of a baker. My daughter might help me out here :)

    Happy Birthday Theresa; and thanks for the holiday goodies.

    Merry Christmas Dezzy; thanks for sharing your recipe.

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    1. I think this is the third year you've been following my Christmas recipes, Donnzie :)

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  9. Wow, that looks so scrumptious I think I want to propose marriage to you, Dezzy! And we both know how crazy that is.

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    1. always wanted to marry myself into Canada :)))

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  10. Ya know what? I don't normally like cake, but I gotta say, Dezzy's strawberry cake sounds rather different and exceedingly DELICIOUS!!!

    And my word, just the way it's decorated, makes me want to salivate!

    Oh, and thanks for hosting Dezzy, Theresa, and Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

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    1. glad you salivated over it, Wendy :) We know how much Middle Earth likes its food :)

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  11. Beautiful cakes, Dezzy. Perfect for Christmas or even Valentine's Day. :)

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    1. I wasn't sure if it was right for the Christmas since we don't have strawberries here in winter, but they say you have them all year round over there :)

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    2. We do have them year round, but right now we pay out the nose for them. I just picked up 1 pound of strawberries for $4 and they didn't look that great :( We can usually get them $1 to $1.50 per pound during summer months though.

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    3. OMG they're almost always about 4 bucks even in spring for those few weeks that we have them :))

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  12. This cake sounds delicious and I am afraid I would eat a full half before I took it to a friend's as a house gift!! In other words I would cut it in 1/2 and make 2 separate cakes--one for me and one for them (hopefully)

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    1. unless you'd eat half of those two while icing them :PP

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  13. Um...yum! Putting it on my delicious list.

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    1. 'tis honour to be on the list... if it's not a black one :P

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  14. That is a seriously pretty dessert. If it tastes half as good as it looks, I am sold!

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  15. oooh my..look at that yummy strawberries..I bet it tastes like heaven...always love the mixture of yummy sponge cake and creamy toppings with fresh strawberries...yuuuum..

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    1. then I really must insist that you try out the recipe :)

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  16. Wow, that came out gorgeous! And I bet it tastes amazing

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  17. Holy moly that cake sounds amazing! Just reading the recipe made me hungry!

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  18. This strawberry cake sounds delicious. I have to add it to my bank of dessert recipes.

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    1. please do! And let us know how it turned out if you make it

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  19. Sound magical and looks magical! Now I just need someone to make it for me so I can see how magical it tastes! :)

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    1. glad you think it's magical, it truly is :)

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  20. Wow, that cake looks and sounds so delicious!!!

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  21. I am just going to say it....that cake looks totally bought! Why did the cooking gene skip me....WHY? Anyways I am definitely going to give this recipe a try for our next family birthday! If I can get it to look half as bought as yours I will be ecstatic! Happy Birthday Theresa! Cheers.

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    1. thanks, Turtle, here in Dezzy's House of Cakes we do try to make them look bought because we do sell them too :)

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  22. That does sound yummy!!!!!! I wonder if u can do it with raspberry too???? :)

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    1. sure you can, I said it in one of the comments above :) Just use raspberry jam in the jam layer

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  23. That looks so yummy! I'm making your rum balls tonight. :)

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    1. those rum balls of Theresa's were nom nom nom

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  24. wow, that looks to die for!

    wishing a very merry christmas to you and yours!

    xoxo

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  25. That looks amazing. Nom nom nom all the berries.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. and you can use any kind of berries in it

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  26. That is one beautiful looking cake and it sounds YUMMY! The design is awesome on top!

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  27. This not only sounds delicious, it looks so yummy. Thanks, Dez.

    Hi, Theresa. :)

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  28. love it when a guy cooks well. that looks amazing!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. thanks, Ai! I'm more of a baker than a cook :)

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  29. Beautiful cake! Here in central Florida, we're almost right at strawberry season - this would be the perfect treat!

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    1. now, there's a reason for you to make it :)

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  30. The strawberry liquor sounds like a nice kick to this :) Thanks for having a guest here!

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  31. I don't know him. Who is that handsome son of a gun?

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    1. somebody who didn't save you a piece of the cake because you was too late :)

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  32. How beautiful that cake looks, and so festive for this time of year. happy holidays ....

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