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Strawberry Layer Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $15-$18
Servings: 14 -18

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 12 large eggs room temp, divided
  • 2 cups granulated sugar divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour divided

Frosting:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 16 oz cream cheese softened at room temp
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Filling/Decor:

  • 2 lbs Fresh strawberries 1 1/2 lbs to blend and put inside the cake and 1/2 lb to decorate the top
  • Chocolate chips to melt and decorate the top; optional

Instructions

Baking the Cake Layers: Preheat oven to 350˚F.

  1. Grease and line only the bottom of a 9x13" cake pan with parchment paper (line 2 pans if you have 2). I have found that it's best not to line or grease the sides of the pan or the cake becomes somewhat miss-shaped.
  2. You will bake your cake layers separately so for each biskvit layer: in the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk together 6 eggs and 1 cup sugar on high speed for 10 min. it will be 3-4 times in volume.
  3. Sift in 1 cup all-purpose flour and use a spatula to gently fold it in just until well incorporated and no more clumps of flour remain. Scrape from the bottom of the bowl to make sure there aren't any trapped pockets of flour, but don't overwork the batter or it will deflate.
  4. Transfer to lined baking pan and bake until top is golden and toothpick comes out clean 17-20 min.
  5. (While the first layer is baking, start making your second cake layer repeating steps 1-3 above)
  6. Remove baked cake from the pan by running a thin edged spatula around the sides to loosen it, then let it cool to room temperature before removing the parchment paper.

Strawberry Filling:

  1. Cut strawberries into halves or quarters and place them in the bowl of a food processor; pulse 15 times or until the consistency of a chunky applesauce; set aside.

Frosting:

  1. Beat together cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth (1 min). Add 1 cup heavy whipping cream and beat on high speed until fluffy (2-3 minutes).

Assembly:

  1. Cut each cooled cake layer in half. Place the first layer on your serving dish (this cake is too big and heavy to transfer so put it on the dish you're serving it on)
  2. Spread the first layer with 1/3 of the strawberry puree. Spread a very thin layer of frosting on the second half and place it over the first layer so the strawberries and cream are hugging. Repeat with the next layers. So the order from the bottom up is: cake; strawberry; cream; cake; strawberry; cream;cake; strawberries; cream; cake; cream (frost the top and sides with remaining frosting).
  3. Decorate the top with fresh strawberries and chocolate (see chocolate decorating tutorial below)