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Strawberry mousse cake

The newest addition to our family arrived on Friday – my first, beautiful, shiny KitchenAid. I wanted one for a long time (had my eyes set on boysenberry colour) and it finally happened. So on Saturday morning, I spend some time looking for a cake recipe that will require the use of a stand mixer to give it a test run. And this one at caught my attention. Sponge = using the mixer, mousse = using the mixer a lot! Perfect.

The cake turned out to be light, not overwhelmingly sweet thanks to the lemon flavoured sponge and great for strawberry lovers.


For the sponge:

3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 lemon, juice and zest
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

For strawberry mousse:

2 large eggs, separated
4 tbsp caster sugar
3/4 cup blended strawberries (I used about 200g)
4 tsp gelatine
3 tbsp boiling water
1 1/2 cup whipping cream
250g strawberries, cut in half, to line sides of the cake + extra for decoration



Preheat the oven to 160C (fan-forced). Line the bottom of 24cm springform pan with parchment paper.

Whip the eggs with sugar on high speed until they’re almost white. Add zest and juice of 1/2 lemon.

Sift the flour and salt together and add to the egg mixture. Then add by slowly pouring the melted butter and vanilla extract.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool the cake completely in the pan.


Beat egg yolks and sugar until light, then add the blended strawberries. Pour hot water into a small bowl and mix in the gelatine. When dissolved completely stir into the mousse.

Whip the cream and whisk the egg whites. Fold both carefully into the mousse. Let stand in a cool place until starting to set for about 20-30 minutes.

To assemble the cake:

Take the cake out and clean the pan well. Put the cake back in. Arrange the halved strawberries around, alongside the pan walls (with a cut side touching the pan). Top the cake with strawberry mousse and smooth the top. Cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge to set for at least 2 hours.

Decorate before serving.


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  • Reply
    July 7, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Aga – that cake looks great and the strawberries around the edge is very clever. I have a very old Sunbeam Mixmaster that used to be my Mums. She has a snazzy Kenwood these days but I still use the Sunbeam. Most times I can get away with just using my little Breville hand mixer but sometimes, the full stand mixer is a must. Such as when I’m making Italian Meringue so I can slowly dribble the hot syrup into the egg whites. Cheers
    ps: I’m Tony P on Facebook (not TIFFIN) ; )

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      July 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      mmmm, italian meringue sounds like a great thing to make next in my new baby 🙂

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    July 7, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Marshmellow Shortcake. It was my great grandmother’s recipe. It is absolutely delicious, my favourite dessert, but is rather time consuming and messy. I only make it when I have plenty of time and patience and have the kitchen all to myself.

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    July 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    My mum’s meringue is a killer or otherwise any cupcakes. Mixing butter with sugar – delightful. As well as the icing. Haha anything to do with sugar really 😀

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    July 8, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Kitchen sink cookies. They are so thick I can not mix them without the mixer.

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    July 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

    chocolate cheesecake!

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    July 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    My pavlova with passionfruit, kiwi and whipped cream requires a lot of effort from my mixer! One day I hope to own a Kitchenaid in pistachio 🙂

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    July 8, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    for a lots of mixing try Nigella’s Guinness chocolate cake, it is fan-ta-bu-lous!

    I love my KitchenAid, particularly during Xmas time, all the cakes to bake and so little mess.

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    July 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I love chocolate mousse!

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    July 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    My deep dark chocolate cheesecake.

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    Shannon C
    July 9, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    My boyfriend makes a killer dacquoise, but I have to help with the mixing because we do not have a mixer, and have to do it all by hand!!

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    Sarah T
    July 9, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I have a coconut cheesecake recipe! So so yummy. Definitely need a mixer for this one 🙂

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    July 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    chocolate mousse and pudding and filling…i love chocolate

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    Ani D
    July 10, 2013 at 12:49 am

    I just made homemade bagels yesterday and that definitely requires a solid mixer!! They sure are time consuming, but well worth the effort.

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    July 10, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I always get raves about those Momofuko Compost Cookies but I’m thankful for the stand mixer since it’s 15 minutes of creaming butter & sugar!

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    Bic Nguyen
    July 10, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I love making French macarons in my Kitchenaid mixer. And the mixer is great for my chocolate chip cookies too.

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    Margot C
    July 10, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I like making a three layer cake with a pudding layer and whipped cream icing

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    Benjamin Travia
    July 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Tuna dip.

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    Emma W-B
    July 11, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Any time I make meringues, I am extra grateful for my mixer. Also it makes homemade butter such a breeze!

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    July 11, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Great post! The cake looks mouth-watering! :P~ My favorite recipe that calls for the help of a mixer would have to be carrot cake with cream cheese icing 🙂 Yum!

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    July 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    I love my mixer! Makes me feel like a real baker lol. My favorite mixer recipe is a fudgy chocolate peanut butter 3 layer cake.

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    Sharon Fawcett
    July 12, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Homemade marshmallows! Although we don’t have a fancy KitchenAid so I have to stand there with the hand mixer and wait till it’s done.

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    July 14, 2013 at 5:55 am

    Pavlovas! I could eat them all day long, and am so thankful for my KitchenAid mixer:)

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