ChefCJ619 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 4:09am
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I have a bride that wants strawberry flavored cake, fresh strawberries in the cake (I'm using strawberry simple syrup as well) and cream cheese icing. I made a vanilla pink champagne cake (in an effort to not over-kill the strawberry flavor) for the tasting, but she LOVES the flavor of strawberry cake mix and wants that flavor cake. I have done enough cakes to know that strawberry cake from the mix will turn to mush under fondant. Is there something I can add to the cake mix to make it stable enough to use? I would love to be able to authenticate the flavor for her in a from-scratch cake, with natural flavors. I want to give her what she wants, but I'm embarrassed to potentially "have" to use cake mix in one of my cakes, a wedding cake none-the-less! Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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srkmilklady Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 4:44am
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I've used the first recipe before and it has come out very nice. I didn't use it for a wedding cake though. It's a strawberry cake - wasc method. It has a better texture (a bit denser) than the regular strawberry cake mix cake. I also found a strawberry-cake-from-scratch cake in the recipe section. I have not tried this one. Maybe another CC'er might have a tried and true recipe???

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/16305/strawberry-cake-wasc-method
http://cakecentral.com/recipes/1789/strawberry-cake-from-scratch

Also Paula Deen's recipe
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/simply-delicious-strawberry-cake-recipe/index.html

sunset74 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 5:03am
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I used this one for one of 3d cakes and it says it would be great for Fondant, which I totally agree with. It provides a Dense, rich, MOIST cake. Beware it is heavy so make sure and support it well.

http://cakecentral.com/recipes/1972/durable-cake-for-3d-and-wedding-cakes

I did it with chocolate and I have tried it with Vanilla and both turned out great. You can use either strawberry pudding, white chocolate, vanilla or even cheesecake since you are doing a cream cheese frosting.

indydebi Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 5:07am
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I've made straight-from-the-box cake-mix-cakes under fondant with no problem at all. why do you think it will turn to mush?

scp1127 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 5:17am
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I'm afraid of my scratch cakes under fondant... box cakes are a dream under fondant. That was how I learned to cover cakes... lots of boxes. I use DH.

SweetcakesCT Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 5:35am
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I agree. I've never had a problem with fondant on a box mix cake. When I've had difficulties, it's always been because of some issue with the buttercream under the fondant.

Jess1019 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 6:15am
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The bridal shower cake I just posted was pilsbury strawberry mix. It
worked great!

carmijok Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 8:22am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

I've made straight-from-the-box cake-mix-cakes under fondant with no problem at all. why do you think it will turn to mush?




She might think that because she's planning on using fresh strawberries and simple syrup. I've not had luck using fresh strawberries...they do turn to mush.

cutiepiecupcake Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 9:09am
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How would freeze dried strawberries hold up? I've used freeze dried blueberries in a white choc mud cake.. they were soaked in raspberry infused vodka first.. oh my it was goooooood! They softened up like fresh berries but without the excessive moistness that fresh berries would produce. Could be an option?!

SHYLERScakes Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 9:43am

I make strawberry cakes using the wasc method all the time (my hubbys fave)...i sub strawberry yogurt for the sour cream and strawberry milk for the liquid and use loran strawberry oil for the extract...soooooo yummy and holds great under fondant (i use mmf and fondarific) icon_smile.gif

Jaimelt76 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 11:12am

When I make my strawberry cake I use the WASC recipe. Instead of the water I use either strawberry daiquiri mix or I make a puree. This has always provided me with a good stable cake for covering with fondant. I have tried using fresh strawberries in the recipe but it makes for a wet cake. HTH

leah_s Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 12:16pm

When I make strawberry cake, I use my white cake recipe (I only bake from scratch) and add strawberry icing fruit and strawberry oil/flavoring. And that's how I make orange cake and lemon cake, also. icing fruits are your best friend.

LindaF144a Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 12:26pm

What are icing fruits?

Lissa_lovesBaking Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 1:09pm

I would like to know if the cream cheese icing is good to use to cover a strawberry cake made from a pillsbury cake mix for a marshmallow fondant. i really hate buttercream?? thumbsdown.gif

scp1127 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 1:20pm

I put cream cheese under fondant. It worked well. I even put it on a little thick.

Kitagrl Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 2:43pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

When I make strawberry cake, I use my white cake recipe (I only bake from scratch) and add strawberry icing fruit and strawberry oil/flavoring. And that's how I make orange cake and lemon cake, also. icing fruits are your best friend.




Where do you get yours? I ordered from somewhere recently, got raspberry icing fruit. It was way cheaper than fruit compound, which I've had when I worked at a caterer and it was delicious! But the icing fruit I got tasted gross...it made my buttercream taste like bubble gum or something. Bleh! So fake tasting! And Corn Syrup was the first ingredient! I think I ordered from the wrong place (won't say where) because I ordered modeling chocolate from them too and was not in the least impressed.

LindaF144a Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 3:12pm

Could someone tell me what are icing fruits ?

Kitagrl Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 3:14pm
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Originally Posted by LindaF144a

Could someone tell me what are icing fruits ?




Its like a fruit concentrate you can get from bakery supply...

sacakesandbakes Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 4:06pm

I have doctored up vanilla Pillsbury cake into strawberry. I hate the way box strawberry tastes.
I use the box of white cake, box of strawberry pudding, one cup pureed strawberries (frozen or fresh), about 2 tablespoons extra oil,, 1 c water, & 4 eggs. It comes out really moist and good. It is a dense cake.

scp1127 Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 5:03pm

I use award-winning gourmet jams and they are incredible. Every recipe I use them in, the baked good turns out better. They are perfect in FBC and IMBC, and spread on one of the layes of a four layer cake frosted with the jam/ buttercream mix. It doesn't sink in. I can't make the purees for the price that I buy them. They are from Bittersweet Herb Farm and they wholesale. They retail for $10/10 oz. Wholesale is $5/10 oz.

carmijok Posted 26 Apr 2011 , 5:10pm
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Originally Posted by sacakesandbakes

I have doctored up vanilla Pillsbury cake into strawberry. I hate the way box strawberry tastes.
I use the box of white cake, box of strawberry pudding, one cup pureed strawberries (frozen or fresh), about 2 tablespoons extra oil,, 1 c water, & 4 eggs. It comes out really moist and good. It is a dense cake.




Sounds interesting! think I'll try it!

ChefCJ619 Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 1:01am

Thank you everyone for the feedback. Maybe it is the brand of mix I am using? I use Betty Crocker and each time I have used it in fondant cakes, they don't hold up well at all. I've had much better luck from "from scratch" cakes. The strawberry flavor is especially crumbly. For the tasting, I made a from scratch pink champagne cake with fresh berries, strawberry puree, white chocolate mousse and cream cheese buttercream. She wants strawberry flavored cake, fresh strawberries and no mousse, all icing. I think I will try a few of the recipe suggestions and see which will work best.

Thanks again for all the help!!

JanH Posted 27 Apr 2011 , 4:38am
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Originally Posted by LindaF144a

What are icing fruits?




Icing fruits description and usage recommendations:

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopicp-7107262.html#7107262

http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-541693-.html

HTH

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