Whipped cream frosting to complement yellow cake and strawberries?

I am the very definition of newbie baker and will be baking a cake for my mom's birthday. My 'sous chef' is 5. I am planning to make this http://www.food52.com/recipes... I also have fresh strawberries and fresh strawberry sauce. Any simple (idiot-proof?) frosting ideas for this concoction?

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alexlutz July 18, 2011
sdebrango and all the other kind picklers: just wanted to report back that the cake turned out beautifully though we did have a bit of trouble with the frosting. I think we overbeat it (the fault of the poorly supervised, overzealous 5-year-old sous chef!) so it was not airy and whipped but a bit glumpy. Definitely looked homemade, though and was absolutely delicious! Thanks for all your help.
 
Soozll July 14, 2011
I like to use 4oz of mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 /2 tsp vanilla and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream. Whip the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla in a chilled bowl with the whisk beaters of your mixer, (hand held or stand mixer, I've used both successfully) until very smooth. Add the heavy cream and gradually increase the speed of the mixer as you beat it until stiff peaks form. Spread or pipe on cake. It's a very stablized whipped cream that still tastes like whipped cream. It doesn't have any of the tang of a cream cheese. It is actually stable enough if you would like to add fruit to it in the middle layer of a cake, it will not ooze out as readily as less stiff whipped cream. If you like the tang of cream cheese, use the Neufachel style (1/3 less fat) because it's softer and combines and whips more easily,
 
sdebrango July 14, 2011
Yum!! Love the idea of a chocolate added to the whipped cream.
 
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
Or for a little twist, you can use some cocoa powder instead of cornstarch, plus a little extra sugar, and you'll have wonderful chocolate mousse frosting!
 
fiveandspice July 14, 2011
Yellow cake with whipped cream frosting very much like sdebrango's plus strawberries is my bday cake every year!!! It's amazing, and you can definitely do it! You'll love it!
 
sdebrango July 14, 2011
Thats sweet but honestly its a foolproof recipe. No harder than whipping cream, just the one little step that makes it different and thats the addition of the cornstarch cooked in cream to give the frosting some body. The cake is also very very easy to make, Good luck and let me know how it goes!
 
alexlutz July 14, 2011
Thanks, sdebrango! If it turns out well I'll give you full credit--if it doesn't, I'll take all the blame!
 
sdebrango July 14, 2011
My favorite way of serving this cake is with strawberies and whipped cream icing, Its so simple to make. Happy birhday to your Mom!
 
sdebrango July 14, 2011
Here is my recipe for whipped cream frosting, it holds up so much better than just whipping cream and is so good with the cake.
http://www.food52.com/recipes/11619_whipped_cream_frosting
 
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