Birthday Surprise for Thomas.

Sweet baby, you know you want some of this!

A friend of mine asked me about a month ago if I’d be willing to make a cheesecake for another friend of hers. She wanted one for her husband’s birthday, and he wasn’t much of a regular “cake” fan. Also, she wanted strawberries to be incorporated. I said, “Sure, I will!”

And then I got to thinking. “But if I slice the strawberries thinly, they will either wilt & dry out before serving time, or they’ll macerate and become soggy on the cake before the dinner is over. ACK!” So I changed directions entirely, and I opted for making fresh, chocolate-covered strawberries instead.

I threw together a very simple “Sweet Cream” mixture, and I spread it into the slight ‘well’ of the cheesecake. Before, I had picked through two vats of strawberries, finding berries of approximately the same size, and I had placed them on the cooled cake to see how many I’d need to dip in chocolate. Thirteen – a perfect baker’s dozen!

Once the cream was spread, I carefully placed my chocolate strawberries onto the cake. I chose to leave the leaves intact, deciding that I liked the sort of look it gave the cake. When you look at the cheesecake, can’t you just hear Julius Caesar quoting, “Et tu, Brute?

When my friend Alicia arrived with her friend that had ordered the cake, they absolutely loved it! I was so glad, having made the switch to chocolate strawberries without checking first! Even better still, a friend at the party contacted my own husband on the XBox 360 later that night just to tell him to let me know how amazingly delicious the cheesecake had been. I was glowing!

Thomas Birthday Cheesecake.

Now, for those that might be curious, here is the Sweet Cream recipe I threw together. I replicated it last weekend for another cheesecake for my friend Amber, and I had a chance to try it myself that time, too. To Die For!

Sweet Cream

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Cool Whip

 

Blend cream cheese in a small bowl until very creamy. Add in powdered sugar, mixing well. Fold in whipped topping until combined; spread onto cooled cheesecake. Chill until serving.

Yield: enough Sweet Cream topping for (1) 9″ cheesecake

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3 comments on “Birthday Surprise for Thomas.

  1. Yum!! it’s beautiful, too!

  2. Paula on said:

    Great idea to dip the strawberries. Your cheesecake is wonderful. The new blog looks fantastic.

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