Enjoy this Strawberry Cream Cake recipe with fresh, in-season strawberries!
So yesterday was my birthday…you know, the day where you get to pretty much do and eat whatever you want 🙂 . I started off the day with Eggs Benedict and finished it with pizza and cake. To help celebrate my birthday I want to share with you a super yummy Strawberry Cream Cake. Tender yellow cake, fresh strawberries and strawberry filling, and cream cheese whipped cream…yep this cake is pretty much awesome.
Cook’s Note – Strawberry Cream Cake:
If you use a cake pan for this recipe and not a springform pan, make sure the sides are at least 2 inches high. Make sure you chill the finished cake for the full 3 hours before serving; this will ensure that all the layers set and are less prone to shift when cutting.
- For the Cake:
- 1¼ cups cake flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 5 large eggs (2 whole and 3 separated), room temperature
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- For the Strawberry Filling:
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries (about 2 quarts), washed, dried, and stemmed
- 4 - 6 tablespoons sugar
- pinch table salt
- For the Whipped Cream:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon table salt
- 2 cups heavy cream
- For the Cake: Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour round 9 by 2-inch cake pan or 9-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and all but 3 tablespoons sugar in mixing bowl. Whisk in 2 whole eggs and 3 yolks (reserving whites), butter, water, and vanilla; whisk until smooth.
- In clean bowl of standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat remaining 3 egg whites at medium-low speed until frothy, 1 to 2 minutes. With machine running, gradually add remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, increase speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form, 60 to 90 seconds. Stir one-third of whites into batter to lighten; add remaining whites and gently fold into batter until no white streaks remain. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake until toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert cake onto greased wire rack; peel off and discard parchment. Invert cake again; cool completely, about 2 hours.
- For the Strawberry Filling: Halve 24 of best-looking berries and reserve. Quarter remaining berries; toss with 4 to 6 tablespoons sugar (depending on sweetness of berries) in medium bowl and let sit 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Strain juices from berries and reserve (you should have about ½ cup). In work bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade, give macerated berries five 1-second pulses (you should have about 1½ cups). In small saucepan over medium-high heat, simmer reserved juices until syrupy and reduced to about 3 tablespoons, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour reduced syrup over macerated berries, add pinch of salt, and toss to combine. Set aside until cake is cooled.
- For the Whipped Cream: When cake has cooled, place cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whisk at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Reduce speed to low and add heavy cream in slow, steady stream; when almost fully combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat until mixture holds stiff peaks, 2 to 2½ minutes more, scraping bowl as needed (you should have about 4½ cups).
- To Assemble: Using large serrated knife, slice cake into three even layers. Place bottom layer on cardboard round or cake plate and arrange ring of 20 strawberry halves, cut sides down and stem ends facing out, around perimeter of cake layer. Pour one half of pureed berry mixture (about ¾ cup) in center, then spread to cover any exposed cake. Gently spread about one-third of whipped cream (about 1½ cups) over berry layer, leaving ½-inch border from edge. Place middle cake layer on top and press down gently (whipped cream layer should become flush with cake edge). Repeat with 20 additional strawberry halves, remaining berry mixture, and half of remaining whipped cream; gently press last cake layer on top. Spread remaining whipped cream over top; decorate with remaining cut strawberries. Chill for 3 hours before serving.
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