Blood Orange Strawberry Shortcake! It's citrus season! And what better way to use up all of those blood oranges than with making a Blood orange strawberry shortcake?!
I kept seeing so many beautiful pictures everywhere of those muted red tones and all of the citrus fruits perfectly placed in the sunlight. I said to myself "you need some of those beautiful blood orange sunlight photos!" but in typical fashion, I decided to do something a little different.
Last week, my friend told me that one of her favorite cakes is strawberry shortcake. Now, I've never made strawberry shortcake before, but her birthday is tomorrow and I decided that I would make her one. Earlier this week, I had SEVERAL cooking fails. I almost walked out of the kitchen and just sat down in the dark for a few hours... but I didn't and realized how dramatic I was being. LOL
BLOOD ORANGE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
I tried making macarons and when I tell you they are one of the most difficult things I've ever made, this is an understatement. I went through 2 dozen eggs and 32 oz of almond flour before I actually got the desired result... ya know, something pretty that tasted good. I'm telling you this because in learning how to make macarons (still need more practice), I started playing around with flavors. I made lemon macarons with blackberry and buttercream filling and they were amazing.
So, this ties into the blood oranges. I started thinking of how I could mix up more citrus fruits and I thought of the blood oranges! This morning I picked up a few from Whole Foods and strawberries for the shortcake... I thought " PUT THESE TWO THINGS TOGETHER!" and oh...my...goodness.
The first attempt failed YET AGAIN. HOWEVER, the second attempt made my entire week of baking fails all worth it. I am overjoyed at this creation and the merging of these two flavors. It's a tangy, sweet, and bright flavor that has the decadence of a pound cake and the fluffiness (is this a word?) of whipped cream.... Okay, enough of me trying to sell you on this recipe with these metaphors - the cake is just straight good. If you make this, let me know how you feel about it. It's for sure going to be a hit tomorrow and I couldn't be more proud.