I do not usually like strawberry flavored things. This was one of those "Rose Moments," where you discover that the nominal can become extraordinary because of the personal touch of someone who has gone the extra mile to make it so.
Mis en Place:
White chocolate for the cake.
Melted in a pot that was sitting on top of the toaster that was warming up.
I could not bring my self to put the full amount of baking powder. I cut out 1/2 a teaspoon.
Add the white chocolate.
Smooth out batter.
The indentation is from where my finger pressed it down. It was actually a little tunnel. I wonder if it was from over mixing or from the large amount of baking powder...
Egg whites and whipped butter. As usual, I cut the amount of butter in half for more flavor.
Meringue. I poured straight from the pot.
Substitute for strawberry butter. I could not find it and I did not feel like going to the store again to look for the preserves when I had the ingredients for the substitute at hand. It really did turn out lovely though.
There was not enough liqued to get it going so I added some of the meringue. I realize now that I could have added some lemon juice to help as well. It would have added that extra tang but the kids probably would not have liked it as much.
Mix it in.
This had a strawberry flavor that I can't say no to!
Pour on the chocolate.
Add some pink pearls to delight the little girls (even if they did spill half the bottle...)
It really was a delicious cake and I will definitely make this again.