Is there such a thing? My bride just wants fresh strawberries slices placed on a layer of buttercream for a filling. Will this need to be refrigerated? Will the strawberries start to grow bacteria if not refrigerated for a day? Unfortunately, the venue is not air conditioned. Please help. I need to tell her if this is still going to be possible. Thanks!
If the venue isn't air conditioned, I would keep the cake refrigerated up until cutting and serving time. Mostly because strawberries weep liquid at room temperature and the warmer the room, the more they weep.
Even if the room was air conditioned I would still refrigerate the cake close to serving time. I don't take chances with certain fruits known to produce a fair bit of liquid once warm.
Strawberries are highly perishable. If the cake is well chilled and uncut, you can leave out for a bit but I wouldn't without a/c just in case. There is a filling on here somewhere that is chunky but cooked that would probably work well for you. I used it a couple of weeks ago and it was delicious. I'll see if I can find it.
Here it is. With no a/c, I would feel safer with this than fresh strawberries. It's chunky, not like preserves but has the sugar to preserve it. See what you think.
Following on from Jinkies answer I often cook down strawberries until they are almost syrupy consistency and use that in my SMBC, not the same as fresh strawberries but really nice all the same.
That sounds really good, thanks Jinkies. So this doesn't need any refrigeration? I would be able to decorate the night before without an issue with this filling?
I would still chill the cake well before delivery, but I would feel safe for it to sit there uncut during the reception because it's basically like a jam as the sugar acts as a preservative, but you get the yummy taste of fresh strawberries.
It may work as a compromise to have a large bowl of cleaned, sliced strawberries kept in a refrigerated area (cooler? refrigerator at the venue?). When the cake is cut and individual servings are plated (in the kitchen? away from the guests?) the server could put a large spoonful of the fresh berries on the plate to compliment the slice of cake.
Wanted to add, Michele, make sure you give it plenty of time to settle after you fill your layers and use a really stiff buttercream or ganache dam. Strawberries love to make air pockets.
Apti's idea is good too :)
Yes, it is. Thanks everyone.