soooo this cake. this cake i made for easter. this. cake. is. delicious. i can’t stop thinking about it. actually, i can’t stop eating it, in a way. the cake is gone, but i only just used up the last of the leftover frosting (you’re welcome, coworkers). and that lovely pink frosting? out. of. this. world. insane. i thought my lemonade frosting was my favorite ever, but i think this one has edged it out. i may or may not have eaten a good 1/4 cup of it on its own over the life of the frosting.
hidden inside the strawberry cream frosted strawberry cake is a layer of fresh whipped cream folded with homemade lemon cured dotted with fresh cut strawberries. i know.
this cake is a hybrid of recipes, and there’s several components, but it’s all worth it.
first make the lemon curd, so it has time to set in the fridge. i used martha stewart’s recipe.
bake your cake, make your frosting and the filling, then assemble:
yield: one triple-layer 8-inch cake, or one double layer 9-inch cake. serves 10-12.
2 cups granulated sugar
3 oz. package strawberry flavored gelatin
1 cup butter, softened
4 large eggs
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup fresh strawberry puree (i just put some strawberries in a blender with a smidge of sugar and pureed)
1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees. grease three 8-inch round cake pans (or two 9-inch) with shortening and line with parchment. grease parchment; set aside.
2. cream together the sugar, strawberry gelatin and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy. beat in eggs one at a time. whisk together flour and baking powder in a separate bowl; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. add vanilla extract and strawberry puree; mix until incorporated. divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
3. bake for 25 to 30 minutes. cakes are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.
8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
8 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tbsp. strawberry flavored gelatin
3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
½ cup fresh strawberry puree
1. combine the cream cheese, butter and gelatin in a medium bowl; beat together on high speed with an electric mixer. when well combined, add the powdered sugar; blend on low until the sugar has been incorporated.
2. add strawberry puree. mix again on low; when fully incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and beat the frosting until lightened and well combined.
you can use the frosting as the filling, but i love the combination of lemon and strawberry, so i made fresh whipped cream then folded in lemon curd (so it was lighter and not as tart).
lemon curd whipped cream filling
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
prepared lemon curd (again, i followed this recipe)
1/4 cup sliced/diced fresh strawberries (optional)
1. in a cold, clean steel bowl, whip whipping cream until soft peaks form.
2. add sugar and vanilla and whip to incorporate until stiff peaks form.
3. gently fold in lemon curd.
assemble the cake with the whipped cream filling between the layers, dotting it with fresh chopped strawberries. make sure to not bring it to the edges as the top layer of cake will squish it outwards. frost the outside. arrange fresh strawberries on top (optional).
refrigerate cake if not serving immediately. bring refrigerated cake to room temperature before serving. refrigerate any leftovers.
of course i have disclaimers, just so you know what you’re getting into and that it’s ok not to be perfect:
-the texture of the cake was denser than i imagined (not as dense as a pound cake, but getting there), but it was delicious regardless – in fact, my dad thought it was better denser than a normal, fluffy cake. (looking at the original cake recipe source – allrecipes – others mentioned this and had some solutions if you prefer fluffiness).
-the amazeballs frosting is very soft (perhaps i didn’t use enough powdered sugar, but that’s typical for me) – so make sure to keep the cake and any leftovers in the fridge. i didn’t try to pipe it, but i imagine that because of the softness, it wouldn’t hold its shape very well. while getting to room temperature, the frosting on the side of the cake may have slid down a little. again, delicious regardless.
-i need practice with layer cakes. i put a bit much filling in and/or put it too close to the edges, so it squished out of the cake, making a nice bulge and mess of the frosting. i refrigerated, frosted, refrigerated, frosted a couple times. again, delicious regardless.
have i mentioned it was delicious? sorry. but seriously. it seems like a lot of steps, and, well, it was, but well worth it. if nothing else, make the frosting. buy a box mix of whocares and slap the frosting on there. or don’t even make anything, just eat it. (though i happen to know that it tastes great on angel food cupcakes and lemon cupcakes).
have a great weekend.