1 1/4 pints
double cream, 750ml
( heavy cream)
caster sugar, 25g
( fine granulated)
7 fluid ounces
ready-made prepared custard, 200ml
strawberries, hulled and halved length-ways leave about ten small ones whole, to garnish
( see note, step 10)
2 1/2 ounces
caster sugar, 75g, for the spun sugar
icing sugar, 50g
( powdered sugar)
oil, for greasing
4 -6 ounces
mixed berries, such as red currants, blueberries and blackberries, for the top of cake
- In a large clean bowl, whip the double cream with 25g/1oz of the caster sugar and the orange liqueur until the mixture holds soft peaks. Fold in the custard, then place into the fridge to chill.
- Using a 20-25cm/8-10in stainless steel cake ring, or the outside ring of a spring form cake tin, cut out the centre of the sponge/flan case. Using a sharp bread knife, carefully cut the sponge in half horizontally to make two thin layers. Place the ring onto a large serving plate and place one of the sponge layers inside to line the base.
- Line the ring with the largest of the strawberry halves, cut-side facing outwards against the ring. Slice the remaining strawberry halves and lay in the centre of the ring, don't forget to save a few for the top of the cake. Then top with the cream mixture and smooth the top with a knife. Place the remaining sponge layer on top of the cream and dust heavily with the icing sugar.
- Carefully remove the cake ring, if you have trouble you can warm the edges with a hot cloth or a mini-blowtorch and then lift it off.
- You can serve it at this point if you want, just top with berries.
- Place the remaining 75g/2½oz caster sugar into a very clean pan and heat gently until it caramelises, then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- While the caramel is cooling, carefully heat a metal skewer until red hot by holding it over a hot hob, then use the hot skewer to score the top of the cake in lines to create a diamond pattern.
- Lightly oil a metal steel and shake spoonfuls of the caramel back and forth over the steel to make thin strands of caramel. Gather them up to make a loose ball.
- To serve, top the cake with the reserved small strawberries and the mixed berries. Garnish with mint sprigs and top with the spun sugar.
- Note: It's hard to estimate the exact amount of strawberries needed, 2-3 punnets was in the original recipe.