Jana of Cherry Tea Cakes was our July Daring Bakers’ host and she challenges us to make Fresh Frasiers inspired by recipes written by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson in the beautiful cookbook Tartine.
A fraiser is a light, moist layered cake, split and filled with sliced strawberries and pastry cream, then topped with a thin sheet of almond paste. When we first read this challenge we automatically thought of making some sort of picture with our exposed fruit. In the end we decided to make a rather large fraiser featuring fruit sail boats made of sliced peaches, blueberries, and strawberries. Since our design was rather large this meant we had to find something extra to fill our cake with since we thought making 3 batches of pastry cream was a bit over the top. We dug around the kitchen and decided to use up some extra pieces of chocolate cake we had in the freezer.