I made a Strawberry Yuzu Birthday Cake for my wife. Her request was “something with yuzu”, and I had free reign from there. Yuzu and berry seemed like a good match from the research I did, so I decided on strawberry. I always try to go all out to impress her for her birthday bakes. Here are a couple of past examples. I’ll cut straight to the reveal..
Recipes using Yuzu weren’t the easiest to find, and many results weren’t in English, but I basically copied this one from Masterchef Australia. It left out a few key bits of information on timings and temps that I had to wing, which made for a very Bake Off feel. Yuzu itself also wasn’t particularly easy to find, but Amazon to the rescue. I ordered this, and this. I’d love to use real fresh Yuzu for something someday, but even in Asian groceries, I don’t think I ever remember seeing it. I decorated it with a few fresh strawberries, and liberally with gold in both leaf and flake form since my wife loves gold. I think when it comes to celebration takes, you can never really be over the top on decorations. Of course, there were also candles for serving..
And finally, here is what a slice of the cake looked like when served. Everyone loved it, especially my wife, which of course is what was most important since it was her birthday.