Mad about Ladyfinger Sponges

              Miniature Tiramisu

Ladyfinger sponges, also known as Savoiardi, are a staple in my pantry. I love having these light and sweet sponges on hand, so I can whip up a tiramisu on short notice. But more importantly, I love how gorgeous they look on the side of a cake, large or small. Add on a satin ribbon and the cake takes on a regal look!

              Strawberry Cake

This birthday cake (made for a client’s friend) looks like a Charlotte Russe on the outside, but it’s really 3 layers of sponge cake, sandwiched with 2 layers of homemade strawberry compote and cream.

Strawberry Cake

I wasn’t sure how to completely cover the top with strawberries as requested. Initially, I’d thought of placing whole strawberries with their bottoms up, but changed my mind when I realised that it would look terrible because the berries were of vastly different sizes.

I’m really glad I went with the sliced version on this cake. I’ll definitely be using this layout again. I only hope WL and her dinner guests were as pleased with the cake as I was!

22 Responses to “Mad about Ladyfinger Sponges”

  1. Mags Says:

    I love the way you decorated the top with sliced strawberries…

  2. Pauline Says:

    hello~ may i know where can i get sesame paste for macaroon? my sister-in law need them for her pastries but we dunno where to get it. do we make it ourselves or buy it from places?
    please enlighten me~

  3. Karen Says:

    Hi Pauline, I make my own paste. However, I think it may be possible to buy some kind of ground sesame mix (I’m not sure what else besides sesame is in the mix) at some supermarkets. I’ve think I’ve seen it at the Isetan supermarket at Lido.

  4. Stef Says:

    Hi Karen…what a gorgeous cake!! Too beautiful to be eaten and I totally agree what you say about the savoiardi making a cake look regal…however I use them more to cover up my mistakes on a cake with not so pretty sides heh heh heh…oops.. =)

  5. Pauline Says:

    oh okay. thanks thanks. i think i will buy the paste cux i dunno how make them at all. definately going to taste very -___________- if i were to make it.

    thank u.

  6. Pauline Says:

    and ooo! what did u does on the thing on the blackforest macaroon? and what’s a macaroon?!

  7. Karen Says:

    Thanks, Stef! Yes, they are a great way to cover up mistakes. :)

    Pauline: The mix I saw was a dry mix, so I think you may need to add water to make it into a paste.

    Macarons are “cookies” made from meringue, almond flour and icing sugar. A macaron has a thin crisp shell on the outside. The inside is soft, chewy. If you’d like to try one, Bakerzin or Canele (Robertson Walk) sells them.

  8. Pauline Says:

    ooo! okay. den why ur b/f macaroon has pink powder on top eh? or did i make a mistake?

  9. Piggy Says:

    I’ve just came across your blog… well, all I have to say is, I love it! You’re so good in baking, keep it up! :-)

  10. Gigi Says:

    Gorgeous cakes! Absolutely gorgeous!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    how big is your tiramisu?!? how do u get it to that size?!?


  12. Karen Says:

    Thanks, everyone!

    Pansy: It’s 3 inches across without the ladyfinger sponges. Use a small dessert ring. It was a pain to unmould though. :D

  13. sandii Says:

    lovely cakes…did u bake yr own ladyfinger or was it store bought as i have not bake them before.
    If i pour the tiramisu mixture..will it flow out from the lady finger.


  14. phyllis Says:

    hi, may i know where can i buy the ladyfinger sponges??


  15. Karen Says:

    sandii: You have to make the tiramisu cake first and place the sponges around it only after the cream has set.

    phyllis: They are available at Cold Storage.

  16. noi Says:

    where to get those ladyfingers biscuit

  17. xue Says:

    hello.. would like to ask u where can i get those ladyfinger biscuits? thanks..

  18. xue Says:

    saw ur reply for phyllis.. =]

  19. xue Says:

    issit possible to get tiramisu receipe from u?

  20. athena Says:

    hi! is it possible i get your recipe for the strawberry cake??? its so pretty! was it difficult to make? been looking around for a good recipe, and i chanced upon your website! seeing how you made this so many times, IT’S SURE TO BE GOOD! is it like a strawberry short cake? i wanna try making it!

  21. bernie Says:

    Hi! where did you buy the mascerpone cheese for your tiramisu recipe? been trying to look for it but to no avail.

  22. Karen Says:

    Mascarpone cheese is available at Cold Storage, Carrefour and Phoon Huat, among other places.

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