This is Strawberry Maria from TCB - without the lattice band. It was my 1st time making Genoise Au Chocolat and I’m happy to report that it turned out better than I had expected.
I decorated it ala Hector and it was really fun to do! It is actually easier to pipe this decoration than to pipe roses. My only issue is that the strawberry cloud cream is pretty soft, so it was hard to get a distinctive pattern. I had to scraped off my 1st try, and ended up chilling the cream (inside the pastry bag) for 15 minutes.
I brought this cake to a get together at a friend’s house. There were 9 of us and we finished the cake. Several people took 2nd and 3rds! Comments range from “the chocolate cake is so soft”, “the cake is really good, not too sweet, I’m gonna have another piece”, “the icing taste like strawberry ice cream”, “do you use real strawberries for the icing?”, “love the texture of the cake”, “is it hard to make? can I have the recipe?”