Today is my sister's birthday, and I wanted to surprise her with a cake. Her favorite is Sweet Lady Jane's Triple Berry Shortcake, which is basically what you see here: vanilla cake, fresh seasonal berries, and freshly whipped cream. I added mascarpone cheese to the frosting, which turned out to be easier said than done; I went to three different markets before I found it. C dubiously persisted, "Are you sure it's called mascarpone?" He insisted it was a figment of my imagination. Sigh.
Holden, my Sous Pastry Chef. "It's so juicy, Mommy," he exclaimed, as he licked the cut side of the berries. I stopped him mid-air as he was about to nestle the de-juiced ones in the frosting. More blackberries for his belly. Btw, they always remind me of Peter Rabbit ("But Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail had bread and milk blackberries for supper.")
I sliced blackberries (my favorite) in half for the second layer, along with raspberries. Coarsely chopped strawberries went in the first. The whipped cream was so delicious; Holden, uh, "cleaned" both batters and all frosting implements.
Frosting a cake is a test of perseverance; this vanilla cake was so fluffy, the frosting kept ripping patches of it away, despite the crumb layer. I would've been happier with more frosting (because it is nigh addicting), though the recipe below did frost all of my three layers.
1 Pint Heavy Cream
8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
On medium speed, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, whisk mascarpone cheese and sugar until smooth.
Fold in whipped cream until combined, and use immediately.
P.S. Consumed after dinner. So yummy!