Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. Lots of stuff going addition to the World Cup's games at 4:30 am, my usual baking time. I apologize for missing several Tuesdays with Dorie weeks, and hope to get back into the swing of things soon. And special thanks to a few readers who sent me emails asking if I was okay! That was so thoughtful!

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop
Remember Team Dave and the Los Angeles Marathon? I brought this lovely dessert to the post-marathon party. It's a great summer cake for a casual dinner party or way to highlight beautiful strawberries!

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I adapted the recipe from Sky-High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman. Man, you have to get this book. It is Delicious with a capital D.

This cake is light (made with cake flour) and just delicious. Get her book for the filling which includes rose water. I didn't do that for this version, just macerated some strawberries in sugar.

Sky-High Strawberry Shortcake
Here is the Sky-High cake in three layers...see post here.

I've make this in a 6" triple layer before and it is quite lovely, but does NOT travel well at all. So this time I decided to make two 8" layers and assemble it at the party. Nothing like pulling out a whisk at the party...makes you look like a baker! :)

LA Marathon 2010 - DaveyPop

Strawberry Shortcake Cake
Adapted from Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman, page 89

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 - 2 cups heavy cream

Fresh Strawberry Filling (See the book for this recipe that includes rosewater...I just macerated some strawberries with sugar)

Whole strawberries, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I made mine with two 8" cake pans. The original recipes calls for three 6" pans.
2. Cream butter, 3/4 cup sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
3. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
4. Add dry ingredients to the batter, alternating with the buttermilk in 3 additions. Divide among the prepared pans.
5. I don't remember how long I baked my 8" pans. The 6" pans bake for 20-25 minutes. I pulled them out when a toothpick came out clean. I let them cool for 10 minutes and then cooled them on a cake rack.

1. In a large chilled bowl, whip the cream with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar until stiff.
2. Assemble the cake with cake, strawberries, whipped cream and repeat. Finish with your best strawberries on top. Enjoy!
Again, the book has a recipe for fresh strawberry filing that includes rose water.
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Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

Must. Make. This. Soon.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What beautiful pictures.
Thanks for sharing.

faithy said... [Reply to comment]

WOW!!! This is not only gorgeous looking, but also delish and mouthwatering! Lovely photos too!

JelliDonut said... [Reply to comment]

This cake is making me swoon! Thanks so much.

Teresa said... [Reply to comment]

I am soooo making this for the fourth of July!
ANd I have been soooo wanting this cookbook!
The triple decker is just adorable!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

Glad you're back. This cake is gorgeous and it comes from one of my favorite books!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

goodness gracious this is simply gorgeous!

Memória said... [Reply to comment]

Wow!! It looks beautiful!! I made a strawberry shortcake cake not too long ago, and it was for a World Cup party :). I don't know how you can wake so early every day! Anyway, lovely cake!

Carol said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely!! Really nice!!

Greetings from Spain ( )

Cherine said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful cake!! Looks so good and moist!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I'm glad your not only ok but making cakes I want to eat for breakfast.

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm, that looks fabulous, Mary! I'm sure it was a huge hit with everyone at the party. I'm going to have to try it--we're still getting good strawberries around here.

Patricia Scarpin said... [Reply to comment]

I agree - that book is fantastic, one of my favorites!
I have made that cake and it is absolutely delicious - those strawberries are super yummy.

siri said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful arrangement- my mom- the strawberry shortcake queen, always just makes a sheet cake and sends around a bowl each of strawberries and whipped cream. I'll have to suggest this to her!

Robin said... [Reply to comment]

You've inspired me to make this for some friends this weekend!

Mary said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful and so super seasonal. We are World Cup watchers over here too and I am hoarse from cheering for the USA and South Korea :). Off to go to the movies with my shorties...wish me luck..their first movie!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said... [Reply to comment]

you did it again!

I love your blog, always have , always will.

Susan C said... [Reply to comment]

That is one gorgeous cake. I think I'd prefer it with just two layers - like a high strawberry/whipped cream to cake ratio!

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

What a beautiful cake! It just screams summer :)

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

Yours looks better than the one in the book. Love it with a capital L :)

sathya said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely Cake and wonderful clicks !

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Okay. All these strawberry shortcake cakes are getting to me. I'm going to have to make one soon or I may go insane! Yours looks delicious and amazing and fresh and light! Oh man...Yum!

Laurel7221 said... [Reply to comment]

Glad to here you are okay. I was getting worried!I cant wait to make this cake.

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

gosh that looks fantastic--an impressive cake! while i haven't made this cake yet, i do have that book...have made more than ten recipes from it and all have been great!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

That's a good looking cake! I made it for my daughter's 11th birthday. I showed her the book cover and she gave it the thumbs up! :)

DailyChef said... [Reply to comment]

This is incredibly beautiful!

jane of many trades said... [Reply to comment]

mary-thanks for the kind words about sky high. be sure to check out my next book at
alisa huntsman

Nicole@The Dirty Oven via twitter @ovenloving said... [Reply to comment]

All I can say is Yummmmmm!!!! That looks so good. Strawberries and Whipped Cream are one happy couple. Thank you for sharing.

AmyRuth said... [Reply to comment]

Wow oh Wow oh wow aren't those pretty pictures? If only....

AmyRuth said... [Reply to comment]

and guess what I have the book (a surprise score from Tuesday Morning)?so I'll have to get busy Thanks for the inspiration

Robin said... [Reply to comment]

It was great, by the way. Yummy recipe!

Aggie said... [Reply to comment]

That is beautiful! I love strawberry shortcake!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Such a pretty cake!

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

I am completely in love with the way you piled the whipped cream on top!!

dining table said... [Reply to comment]

That Strawberry cake is very appetizing. A strawberry cake is one of my favorite cakes ever. It looks so sweet and those strawberries are so fresh. I can't wait to taste that cake.

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said... [Reply to comment]

i just don't know how you make each dessert look so perfect. This shortcake is so beautiful i wouldn't even want to eat it! I can barely frost a cupcake beautifully but you make desserts seem so easy :)

Kate Morgan Jackson said... [Reply to comment]

Hoo! That is one spectacular looking cake! The cake, the pictures, the whole thing -- so fresh and beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :)

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