So anyways...coming back to Saurav Chetta (as the kids used to call him), although technically he should be called Saurav Chittappa ;-) It was all a learning game for all of us on how do we survive during a lockdown, online grocery purchases, cooking everything at home, no outings at all and just the art of living at home day n night for weeks together. Over time Saurav Chetta became the new playmate for Appu and Mihi. Although he mostly spent his time in his room studying for upcoming courses and tests, in the evenings everyone would come down and spend time with each other. Once the weather got warm he would go out on bike rides or to play cricket or water fights with them. I got a lot of help in the kitchen with him washing and clearing the dishes, sometimes even assisting me as sou chef when I'm cooking something. Manish got his share of help with grocery clean ups, house clean up and an extra hand for outdoor stuff or just watching the kids. We had a good time inspite of it being lockdown and all.
Saurav chetta and the kids loved making chocolate cakes now and then. All of them are chocoholics. Whenever we had overripe bananas in the house it was mandatory to make Chocolate Banana cake. I would guide them but they used to make the whole cake themselves and even clear up the dirty dishes. Once baked and cooled I would top it with a thin coating of chocolate ganache and they would all enjoy the cake over a couple of days as a snack. Saurav's 1 week vacation with us turned up into a 3½ month stay and we all really enjoyed his company. I hope he did too...Lol!
After a long wait we were finally able to book his return flight back to India on an Air India evacuation flight for Jun16th. So the last few days before his return was spent on making the best of his time here and cooking/baking and eating all kinds of stuff. I wanted to do a fun little farewell treat for him and the kids, something that was easy and wouldn't take a lot of effort. Trust me this whole quarantine thingy is making me quite lazy in terms of doing elaborate stuff ;-)
Making a Fraisier has been on my mind for a long time now. A Fraisier cake, is derived from the French word “fraise” meaning strawberry. It is a classic French cake that is traditionally comprised of a sponge cake, Génoise, cut in half, soaked with simple syrup, filled with a crème patisserie, with Strawberries arranged on the side and topped with almond paste or ganache.
Since the kids loved my Chocolate Banana Cake, I decided to make the same Chocolate cake (without the bananas) with Chocolate Mousse filling, as I had whipping cream in hand and ofcourse decorate with strawberries.
A Fraisier by itself is a pretty dessert cake not requiring a lot of frosting or decoration. But I wanted the cake to be even more memorable. I love Silhouette patterns as a cake design so thought instead of a silhouette I'll make a stencil of his face and stencil that on to the cake.
After I shared pics of the cake I have to say friends from social media hasn't stopped singing praises and I am so glad to share the technique with you. Perhaps you can give it a try for a special occassion of yours.
1. Baked two 9" Chocolate cakes (I tweaked my Chocolate Banana Cupcakes slightly).
2. Got the portrait stencil ready.
3. Prepared the Chocolate Mousse filling.
4. Assembled the Fraisier and added the portrait on the cake and refrigerated everything to set overnight.
We had a fun little celebration on our patio. Saurav was really surprised and said he felt like a filmstar. It was the perfect cake for his farewell and everyone had a great time!
The cake was a huge hit. Saurav was all over himself seeing his portrait on a cake. The chocolate cake was moist and perfect with a small hint of orange flavor and the creamy mousse was so delicious, you couldn't stop enjoying it. We pretty much ate up half the cake and the kids were fighting for who got Saurav chetta's face ;-)
We miss Saurav chetta so much and hope he will come back for a visit soon....
Do give this dessert and design a try for your next upcoming celebration and watch the bright smiles on your loved ones faces. This coming sunday is Father's Day...sounds like a perfect time eh!