STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE (literally and figuratively)

This was an impromptu cake for Taylor's 7th birthday which we celebrated on December 16, 2006. She is my second cousin, daughter of my 1st cousin Dale and his wife, Audre.

Taylor has always reminded me of Strawberry Shortcake with her red hair and cute freckles. So, I've always wanted to make her a Strawberry Shortcake cake. However, I didn't think I was going to have time this year due to work related deadlines. But when I woke up the morning of the dinner party and realized that I had the time, I was instantly inspired to make this cake for her. I was lucky that Michael's had just the right cake pan !!!

The cake is made from the famous "Chocolate Blackout Cake" recipe by Margaret Braun. The icing is a basic decorator's buttercream. There is no filling since it is a simple sheet cake.