Baking| Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle Macarons … Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & Basil

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”
Benjamin Franklin

Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake & Vanilla Bavarian Mousse... with Razzle Dazzle Macarons 1Some days I just dazzle myself with my efficiency, days that are few and far between, but it gives me confidence that I can still achieve quite a bit on better days!! It was a cake for my SILs birthday, AND macarons, all done on fast track. Inspiration came from our MacTweets theme for January and the Bavarian mousse on this Chocolate Bavarian Mousse Cake; that is how this Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle Macarons came about to be.Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle MacaronsOn a day like this I raced and baked a sponge, made a Bavarian cream, then a mousse, layered a cake and even had it chilling in a couple of hours!! Even more dazzling … got the macs piped even as the kids grumbled getting out of bed and into the shower; ffound ‘feet’ before 8am, just after I had banished the kids to school!! Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle MacaronsCake demoulded, ganached and snazzed up with my macs and I was a happy baker! The ganache wasn’t in my plan, limited as it seemed because of the time crunch, but the daughter begged for chocolate to be included in the master plan. I think the cake would have looked beautiful without the dark chocolate hues, but teens need to be kept happy, so…Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle MacaronsThe macarons ran with the basic colours of fruit in the cake, pink for strawberries and green for kiwi. I was lucky to find feet so early in the morning. For the boost of mac-confidence I have to applaud the uber talented Stella @ BraveTart…and she is brave. She bakes mean {read GORGOEUS!!}  macarons, and did away with many mac myths in a second.Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle Macarons; Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & BasilReading her post made me feel ultra confident, and a day old egg white out of the fridge did yield the frills or feet! I also dumped the granulated sugar in with the whites and whipped them altogether, but this time wasn’t nervous. Bravery is a strong emotion, and I was rewarded in under 10 minutes …pretty little mini macs.Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle MacaronsThe sponge is a basic one, a 3 egg recipe that lives in my head… 3 eggs + 1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup flour. Minimal ingredients {with the seed of 1/2 a vanilla bean} and minimal fuss that results in a light airy sponge. This is my to-go recipe for a Swiss roll too!Strawberry & Kiwi Bavarian Cake with Razzle Dazzle Macarons; Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & BasilI did try to rustle up some shimmer and glimmer to jazz the macarons to meet the razzle dazzle theme, but the shimmer is rather muted! Well the thoughts {and my morning} dazzled in any case. The macarons were sandwiched with some dark chocolate ganache reserved from the frosting.Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & BasilBavarian is fast becoming my choice of filling in cakes, one that finds its roots in a crème anglaise of sorts, as we still moan the lack of local whipping cream in India. The mousse compliments fresh fruit beautifully, and is delicately flavoured with vanilla bean. It was a little less firm in the filling as I used kiwi too {I think the high citric content in kiwi interferes with the setting of gelatin}. It did set though, but just. Next time I might stick to just strawberries to get a firmer mousse … like the one below!Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & BasilThe weather that whole day {week actually} was cold and rainy, hence the cake pictures aren’t bright and happy. I had some mousse left over as the cake was taller than my desert ring, so I set some in glasses. I absolutely love the idea of doing individual portions like these that can be made ahead, and dressed up with seasonal fruit, as in this case strawberries perked up with some fresh basil!Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & BasilThese were GOOD, oh so good! The Bavarian set perfectly, the little vanilla bean specks flavouring it beautifully. I topped the goblets with a strawberry puree, like the one layered in these White & Dark Chocolate Desserts with Strawberries. To add colour and flavour, I snipped in some fresh basil which I am fortunate to have these days. I left these in the fridge for a couple of hours again, and the strawberry, lime and basil flavours matured nicely!Vanilla Bavarian Mousse with Strawberries & BasilThe play of textures and the visual appeal was great! Dolled up with a macaron and I have never heard the fridge door opening SO MANY times! The kids were constantly in and out of the kitchen to look at it longingly. The minute dinner was done, it was a race to the fridge again. Door opened again! “Now?”

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. i like how you used the macarons to decorate the cake & the mousse set in a slant 😀 stunning dessert !!
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  2. I would simply die for this… Perfect cake and the macaroons, one word, wow…

  3. Stunning! The cake looks so bright and festive with the macarons! Your efficiency and creativity absolutely dazzles us.
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  4. What a beautiful cake! So prettily decorated. The mousse must be divine.



  5. You did all of it?!?!? Am in awe.. mouth open awe!!
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  6. Srimathi says:

    Such a beautiful post. I understand that it would have taken you a while to complete this one. I am looking at it for the 5th time. Wonderful!

  7. Wow! Just wow! Not only do the cake and the macarons look amazing, but I can’t believe how you accomplished this time-wise! Amazing job!
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  8. Mindblowing,gorgeous & Incredible cake, simply makes me drool..
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  9. wow amazing results but well deserved you put so much hard work into it.´s last blog post ..Szechaun Stirfried RiceMy Profile

  10. All of it in a single day..quite a mammoth task indeed!! Lovely flavour combination indeed!
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  11. Gera@Sweets Foods Blog says:

    I said it before and I repeat it, you make gorgeous culinary arts :)
    Those macarons and two desserts are like heaven for me!


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  12. Stella’s recipe is awesome, isn’t it? It’s what I use in all the macaron classes I teach (three a month!!!) here in Toronto because it’s the most reliable. These are beautiful razzly-dazzly macs Deeba – well done!
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    • Good for you Mardi. You are a mac-empress now, each mac more perfect than the other! Stella is really great! I love the stuff on her blog; so inspiring!

  13. I hope that it tastes as good as it looks. It seems that you really put a lot of effort on this recipe; I guess I have to set aside a lot of time this weekend for me to try it myself. Thanks for the share!
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  14. Absolutely gorgeous Deeba. Your family must have loved beyond words.
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  15. Lived up to the theme..Razzle Dazzle!!
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  16. Picture perfect!! Only you can bake a cake like this and take photos like these Deeba!!

  17. Deeba, I almost missed your DAZZLING macs because you forgot to add them to the comment section of Mactweets! Naughty! Maybe you are trying to hide these perfect beauties from me? Stunning! And the cake sounds and looks absolutely amazing and the deco with the macs is fabulous! Wow! Your desserts, the flavors, textures and sheer beauty of your desserts never cease to blow me away! Can I move in with you, sistah? HUGS xoxo Now please send cake and macs…

    • Call me naughty sistah…but am racing all the time. Have guests at home, daughters exams…and it is freeeeezing cold. I’m amazed I made macs at all! You are the best… can I beam you in? Big hugs!

  18. Absolute beauty !!

  19. I gained a pound as I read down this page. OMG how wonderful this cake looks. Macaron decorations? amazing!
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  20. Deeba you always take my breath away with your lovely creations! Lovely desserts and love the way you present them. Miss you!
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  21. Two spectacular desserts. They both look irresistible. So fun to find feet early in the morning.
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  22. Oh how gorgeous Deeba! Makes me long for summer…. Love how you have used a dark background for these shots – really makes the colours pop!

  23. What a gorgeous cake! So delicate whit that beautiful macarons on top!
    And photos?
    Congrats Deeba!
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  24. those tiny macs are just ADORABLE!

  25. These desserts look beautiful. I especially love the burger shaped icing. The photos are already very appetizing much more if I finish making them.
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  26. What a spectacular cake! I truly admire the patience and skill it takes to make such an impressive creation.
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  27. Natasha says:

    Oh gosh Deeba, only you could’ve done this! Gorgeous beyond words….yummmmmmmmmm!! Today was sort of a day off for me from the kitchen but all thanks to you, all I want to do is bake that cake and some macs!
    Love it!

  28. Kimberly says:

    I would really be delighted if I can see these desserts being served on our family table. I love strawberries. I could take my time savoring their taste. Thank you for the recipe. I will definitely enjoy these.
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  29. Wow Deeba, the macaroons look so pretty on the cake! its like 2 desserts in one shot!:) love the recipe!

    btw, did you get my email about the featured article on my blog? I hope I emailed you at the correct ID!
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  30. Look amazing and perfect dear Deeba and the macarons are soooo cute!!!xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

  31. love your pictures Deeba
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  32. what a fantarsic creative cake. I love the macaccents!

  33. Fhellie Den says:

    The cake is awesome!! I hope i can bake a cake too…
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  34. That is a beautiful creation. And the strawberries in the white bowl, they look stunning!
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  35. Pettina26 says:

    Wow! the decoration is so much great but that kind is so much delicious.
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  36. Did you know that you can make strawberry cake also with coconut milk , much healthier and much tastier.


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