Shojo manga artists make pastries and cakes look divine. This Japanese shortcake I made is inspired by one such manga. It is assembled with two layers of sponge cake, whipped cream and lots of aesthetically pleasing slices of fresh strawberries. This cake is fun to make and looks and tastes great.
120g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of salt
200ml double cream
2 tablespoons sugar
Cream butter and sugar until the colour of the mixture lightens. Beat the eggs and vanilla essence in. The baking powder and salt should be mixed with the flour in a separate bowl and folded in gradually while the batter is whisked until smooth. Pour the batter in a cake lined with baking parchment and bake at 180° for 25 minutes. Let the cake rest overnight before icing it.
Slice strawberries and let them sit in a bowl, coated in sugar for 20 minutes.
Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks. Be careful not to over-whip it! Slice the cake in half, horizontally. Pick out some of the less than perfect slices, mix them in 1/3 of the cream and sandwich it between the two slabs of sponge. Use the rest of the cream to cover the rest of the cake
exterior and decorate with the strawberry slices. Chill for at least a couple of hours and enjoy.