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Fresh Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Swiss Meringue Buttercream


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  • Prep time
  • 2 hours
  • Cook time
  • 30 mins
  • Total time
  • 2 hours 30 mins
  • adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride-
  • Author: Oven Love
  • Recipe type: Dessert
  • Serves: 10
  • Ingredients
  • 24 oz frozen or very ripe fresh strawberries, hulled (if frozen, thawed)
  • 1-2 tsp sugar (for fresh berries only)
  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup cake flour, sifted
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened (not melted)
  • pink or red food coloring, preferably the gel type (optional)



Step 1

1.Thaw frozen strawberries in whatever form (sliced, whole, etc) and in whatever container/bag you have them in. Pour into a fine strainer placed over a bowl and let sit. Lightly toss the strawberries occasionally to remove any pockets of excess liquid. Reserve the liquid for another use or discard.
2.Place strawberries in a food processor or blender and puree. (You can use fresh strawberries if you don’t have a stash of frozen strawberries in your freezer. Just hull, slice and toss with a teaspoon or two of sugar and cover. Let them sit at room temperature for a couple of hours, until nice and juicy. Place strawberries in a food processor or blender and puree.)
3.Reserve ¾ cup puree for the cake. Use leftover puree to fill the cake or fold into the frosting, if desired.
4.Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare two 8 or 9 inch pans: spray inside with baking spray with flour (or use some sort of grease/flour combination).
5.In small bowl, combine puree, milk, egg, vanilla and mix with fork until well blended. In bowl of stand mixer, add sifted flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix to combine. Continue beating at slow speed and add butter. Mix until combined and resembling moist crumbs.
6.Add liquids and beat at medium speed for about 1 minute or until full and evenly combined. Stop mixer to add food coloring if using and to scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat to combine. Divide the batter evenly among the pans and smooth tops.
7.Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (time will vary). Let cakes rest in pan for about 10 minutes and turn out onto wire racks. Let cakes cool completely (about 2 hours).Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
20 mins

Author: Whisk Kid
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10

•3 (100g) egg whites
•⅔ c (130g) sugar
•10 Tbsp (142g) butter, cubed and at room temp
•1 tsp vanilla
•4 oz (113g) cream cheese, cubed and at room temp

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