There’s just something so intriguing about baking layer cakes. I decided to take on the challenge of making a layer cake for my best friend’s birthday, and I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! In terms of decorating, I probably have a long way to go before perfecting the cake to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing, but we’ll work on that…
Anyways, for this cake, I decided to add in a little hint of lemon alongside the sweet, ripe strawberries that flavor this cake. There’s a fresh strawberry puree, with fresh strawberries hidden away in the middle layer of this cake and on top of this cake too. I also decided to add in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to give the frosting a tangy flavor to offset the sweetness from the cake. Ok, enough talking, and more baking. Hope you enjoy!
- 1 box strawberry cake mix (Substitute: 1 box white cake mix and 1 3 oz. package strawberry gelatin)
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 3 whole eggs and 1 egg white
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 5-6 oz. of fresh strawberries
- 1 tsp gelatin
- 10 oz. fresh strawberries, diced
Lemon Whipped Cream
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream (very cold)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Lemon juice of half a lemon
- 1 1/2 tsp gelatin
- 1/8 cup boiling water
Inspiration from recipe here.
For the cake:
Prepare strawberry cake mix and separate into two pans.
Bake cake according to package instructions.
Allow cakes to cool completely.
For the puree:
Puree fresh strawberries using blender or food processor.
Heat strawberry puree in saucepan over medium heat until hot.
Remove from heat and quickly stir in gelatin until dissolved.
For the filling:
Dice fresh strawberries.
For the whipped cream frosting:
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water and set aside.
Mix heavy cream, sugar, and lemon juice.
Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks form. (Tip: Use a mason jar for quick mixing! See here.)
Add in gelatin mixture.
For cake assembly:
Spread strawberry puree on the top surface of bottom cake layer.
Spread some of the whipped cream frosting on top of the puree layer.
Top layer with the diced strawberries.
Place second cake layer on top.
Spread remaining whipped cream frosting on cake until completely covered.
Top cake with fresh strawberries and lemon for decoration.
P.S.-If you’re interested, here’s the vlog I made while baking the cake, which might clarify some of the cake-building processes. Or I’ll just be your virtual baking partner.
I never knew how exciting a layer cake could be…I mean, just look at that layer!! I’m so excited about such a successful layer cake.
And a glimpse of the cake and some of the people I love most, just for good measure.
Let them eat cake! ♥