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Strawberry Shortcake

As Strawberry Shortcake said, “Smile a sunny morning. Sunny is the style. Even if you’re yawning, you can yawn a smile.” Today, I’m taking a quick break from all my holiday baking and making a scrumptious Strawberries & Cream Cake! We are starting with an simple and airy sponge cake, loaded with fresh strawberries, homemade strawberry compote, and a perfectly light and fluffy homemade whipped cream kissed with a dash of vanilla.

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Strawberries & Cream Cake

Strawberries & Cream Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

"Smile a sunny morning. Sunny is the style. Even if you're yawning, you can yawn a smile."

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter at room temperature
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound of strawberries, hulled & halved
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Strawberries, halved
  • 5 whole strawberries

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare your cake pans per your preference.
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Add flour, cornflour, baking powder, and white sugar into a separate mixing bowl and whisk together.
  4. Add a third of the butter into dry ingredients and blend together with a hand mixer on a low speed. Add another third and mix on a low speed. Add your last third and whip on a high speed for a quick minute.
  5. Pour in half of the wet mixture and blend on a low speed.
  6. Pour in remaining wet mixture and beat on a medium speed until batter is smooth.
  7. Pour into cake pans, smooth over the surface of each batter filled pan, and back for 35 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Once baked, allow to cool completed before leveling and slicing in half.

Strawberry Compote

  1. Add strawberries to small saucepan.
  2. Add sugar & lemon juice.
  3. Reduce over medium low heat for 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Stir often until reduced by about half.
  5. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Whipped Cream

  1. Add heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sifted powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whip on a high speed until stiff firm peaks form.

Assembling

  1. Place your first layer of cake onto a cake board and add on a generous amount of whipped cream.
  2. Add on a layer of strawberry compote.
  3. Cover whipped cream and compote layer with halved strawberries.
  4. Add more whipped cream and smooth over.
  5. Top with second layer of cake.
  6. Cover cake with whipped cream.
  7. Using offset spatula and cake comb, smooth over whipped cream from the top to the bottom and sides of cake until whipped cream resembles a smooth surface covering.
  8. Pipe on 5 dollops of whipped cream on top of your cake.
  9. Place a whole strawberry inside each dollop. If you have remaining strawberries, you can cover the bottom of the cake.
  10. Slice, serve, and enjoy with a big cup of coffee!

Notes

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

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