This recipe was bound to happen in June, I realized after a few days of nominations. So, right after they were posted I set out to buy some berries, in case they disappeared just as I needed them. French Strawberry Cake, by contributing master baker Flo Braker, is all about the strawberries. There was no place for substitutions here.
I reached the fruit place on a bleak, grey afternoon. In the few minutes as I waited for another customer before me, I eyed fresh figs, radicchio, tangerines, white and purple eggplants and red pears. I bought everything besides the strawberries, so the cashier asked if I needed help to carry the three bags to my car.
This turned out to be the perfect cake for several reasons.
The fact that I don´t care much for this type of cakes became irrelevant. I don´t like genoise very much; maybe because I have the idea of it being dry and needing syrup, which for me is old-fashioned but not in a good way. The soaking liquid here was the resulting syrup of the sliced strawberries being mixed with sugar and left to do their thing for more than two hours. Nature has a way of perfectly taking care of things on her own.