It’s coming into the middle of April here in Ireland and we are finally beginning to see hints of summer and any bit of sunshine is a welcome break from the rain. We don’t have all those green fields for nothing!, and with summer come the start of strawberry season.



The first harvest of Irish Strawberries are just now appearing in the shops and one very delighted person is my hubbie! Strawberries are one of his most favorite things in the world, I think (I know )he would eat absolutely anything if it was accompanied by strawberries.


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Of course I agree with him, to a degree , I love all kinds of berries in equal measure but a fresh strawberry signals summer for me.  I mean who could resist a strawberry so beautiful, sweet and juicy and so versatile. Great on their own , with cream, in smoothies, in deserts. For me they come into their own in a cake, they can turn a simple victoria sponge into a decadent cake , make lovely pies and tray bakes but one of my personal favorites is this Red Velvet Strawberry Cake! Red Velvet Cake on its own is delicious but add strawberries and it takes it to another level.

And just to make this one extra special, I’m adding mascarpone whipped cream OMG whipped fresh cream is good but add mascarpone to it and it just becomes something heavenly.




Making the decadent mascarpone cream is so simple, whip the mascarpone, cream, icing sugar & vanilla together until thick. I just use a hand held electric mixer for this, it makes it much easier not to over- whip which I  always tend to do with my Kitchen Aid !



Of course we just have to add some chocolate somewhere around the sides, finishes things off nicely…




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