Strawberry Shortcake Towers

Strawberry Shortcake Towers

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Presenting the Strawberry Shortcake Towers~ My adult version replica the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar.

I seem to be on this kick lately about re creating all my favorite childhood treats!

And the Strawberry Shortcake was definitely in my top 5!

I have already covered copy cat recipes of Twinkies, Devil Dogs & Creamsicles ~ so the Strawberry Shortcake Tower seemed an appropriate addition to the list!

Here is my adult version that incorporates all those same childhood memories but kicks it up about 17 notches with a layered white chocolate mousse parfait complete with Grand Marnier marinated strawberries and Strawberry Chiffon Cake!

We can surely pretend to be all sophisticated like not that we grown-ups~ but your inner child is going to be doing somersaults once you taste these!

This is a pretty big building on recipes project but like all building on recipes projects they are usually worth it!

I have never met a building on recipes I didn’t like! (hehe I just like saying Building on Recipes)

I always do wish I had a dishwasher to help me with it all, but nonetheless these creations are #worthit!

As you will see in the video tutorial I am using PVC Piping to mold my desserts.

This is a common practice in both the culinary kitchen as well as the pastry kitchen to use PVC piping for molded food.

You will NEVER USE PVC FOR BAKING OR COOKING, however freezing and cold prep food is A-OK!

So go ahead and make a run to your local Home Depot and grab yourself some very inexpensive cake molds (you will find everything in the plumbing aisle)

I am using 2¼” diameter with a 3″ height.

Of course you can use professional stainless steel cake rings if you have them or prefer to buy them instead.

Or go the family style route and make this entire recipe into 1- 7″ Cake

Clear cake collars also known as acetate strips are also a necessity.

Oh yeah, I use gelatin sheets quite often click here for more about gelatin and also the conversion from powder to sheets

For those who like to keep gelatin out of their desserts, click here for more about using AGAR in mousses and desserts and I also have a step by step video here for How to use Agar in a mousse recipe


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Strawberry Shortcake Towers
 
This is a building on recipes project so be sure to have your strawberry chiffon cake prepared ahead of time.
The buttercream coating on the outside of the towers to stick the crumbs on is optional, you can use whipped cream if you prefer.
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut out discs of chiffon cake to the exact same diameter of your PVC or Ring Molds~ reserve
  2. Chop the strawberries into small pieces then sprinkle with sugar and grand marnier and macerate while you prepare the mousse
  3. FOR THE MOUSSE:
  4. Melt the chocolate and keep warm
  5. Whip cream to medium soft peaks and reserve in the refrigerator
  6. Bloom the gelatin in cold water let stand for 5 minutes
  7. Prepare the pate bombe with the eggs, sugar and liquor (if using).
  8. Whip over a double boiler until 170°F
  9. Add the bloomed gelatin and then add the chocolate
  10. Whip smooth and cool to 80 or 90°F
  11. Add a little of the whipped cream to lighten, then fold in the rest of the whipped cream
  12. Pipe mousse immediately into molds
  13. Assemble the rest of the cake as shown in the video

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15 Comments

  1. Yes I remember the good humor truck coming around when I was a kid….now I’m an old kid of 58 well okay young at heart ….hehe!

  2. Hi I have question about the mirror glaze recipe . I made chocolate mousse and covered with your recipe of mirror glaze my glaze turn very thick the next day was like fondant thickness Iam not sure if it the gelatin does that or corn syrup . By the way I always use your recipes and work really good for me . I weight all the ingredients thank you

  3. Just double checking…. do I use the whole recipe of the strawberry chiffon in the 9×13? I know this combination would also be great in a layer cake too! Wow, Gretchen!! Another great recipe! Thank you for sharing.

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