Strawberries & Cream Cake

30 min prep time
06 hrs 30 min total time

A cross between a tiramisu and strawberry shortcake, this strawberries & cream cake is made with dense layers of vanilla cake, brushed with kahlua and coffee, fresh strawberries, and clouds of light mascarpone cream.

Ingredients

Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

8 ounces Vermont Creamery Unsalted Cultured Butter - 86% Butterfat softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 eggs

1 cup milk

Mascarpone Cream & Assembly

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup Vermont Creamery Mascarpone

1/2 cup cold coffee

2 tablespoons kahlua

2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries

Tools Required

3 6-inch cake pans. We've also tried this recipe with 2 8-inch cake pans and sliced the layers which also worked well. If you do make this cake in the 8-inch cake pans, you may need to increase the bake time by 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.

Directions

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 3 (6-inch) cake pans; set aside.

  • STEP 2

    Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and saIt in medium bowl. Set aside.

  • STEP 3

    Cream butter and sugar together in stand mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Add in a third of the flour mixture into batter; beat at low speed until combined. Add half of milk mixture, alternating between flour and milk until both have been fully added to batter.

  • STEP 4

    Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 20-25 minutes or until tester comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  • STEP 5

    Whisk heavy cream with powdered sugar in large bowl until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone; continue to whisk until mixture holds a stiff peak. Refrigerate until you're ready to assemble cake.

  • STEP 6

    Cut off domes of cooled cakes. This will give you an even layer to stack your cakes and it exposes the inside crumb allowing the coffee/kaluah mixture to soak into the cake.

  • STEP 7

    In a small bowl combine the coffee and kahlua and brush onto the sliced sides of the cake. Place one layer on a cake plate and arrange strawberry slices in one even layer. On top of this add a layer of the mascarpone cream. Continue to layer the cake, berries and cream for the remaining two layers.

  • STEP 8

    Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.