One of the signs of summertime in the UK is that the Wimbledon Tennis Championships begins. Strawberries and cream was served at the first Wimbledon back in 1877 and has continued to be a winning combination ever since. This cake is the ultimate celebration of this delightful mix of sweet fruit and rich cream. It’s made up of a generous vanilla sponge, filled with sweetened mascarpone cheese and strawberry jam, topped with whipped cream, freeze dried and fresh strawberries – it screams summer is here!
I started by creaming together 350g caster sugar and 350g baking spread using an electric hand mixer until it was light and fluffy.
Then I whisked in 6 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla extract until smooth, then mixed in 350g self raising flour.
Using scales for accuracy, I separated the mixture between two greased and lined 8″ sandwich tins.
I baked them on 180C/160C Fan for 45 minutes until they were golden brown and a skewer inserted came out clean.
When the sponges were fully cool I made the filling by mixing together 250g mascarpone cheese, 50g full fat cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 5 tbsp icing sugar. I spread strawberry jam over the sponge, then added the filling leaving about 2 tbsp in the bowl.
I topped it with the second sponge and spread the remaining filling on the top.
Using my electric hand mixer I whipped up 300ml double cream with 2 tbsp icing sugar, put it in a piping bag with a Jem 1E open star nozzle and piped it around the edges. I sprinkled a packet of freeze dried strawberries in the centre that I smashed up.
I pressed the fresh strawberries into the whipped cream all round the edges, and sprinkled some red hundreds and thousands I got from Tesco all over the cake. This cake is best served straight away, but it will keep in the fridge until the next day.
The sponge was lovely and light and the sweet jam and strawberries set off the cream and the filling perfectly – it’s a combination that has stood the test of time for a reason!
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Strawberries & Cream Cake
For the sponge
- 350 g Caster sugar
- 350 g Baking spread or Butter
- 6 Eggs
- 350 g Self raising flour
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
For the filling
- 250 g Mascarpone cheese
- 50 g Full fat cream cheese
- 5 tbsp Icing sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 6 tbsp Strawberry jam
For the decoration
- 300 ml Double cream
- 2 tbsp Icing sugar
- 18 g Packet of freeze dried strawberries
- 9 Fresh strawberries
- Red sprinkles
Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line two 8" sandwich tins
To make the sponge, cream together the caster sugar and baking spread using an electric hand mixer until it is light and fluffy
Whisk in 6 eggs, two at a time, mixing between each addition
Then mix in the vanilla extract, followed by the self raising flour
Separate the mixture between the sandwich tins. You can do this by eye, or use scales for accuracy
Bake them for 45 minutes until they are golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. If they are browning too much, turn the oven down to 160C/140C Fan
Once the sponges are baked, remove from the oven and run a butter knife around the edges of the tin to loosen them, then carefully tip them out onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely
To make the filling use an electric hand whisk or food mixer to whisk together the mascarpone cheese, full fat cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar
Put one of the sponges on your chosen cake stand or serving plate and spread the strawberry jam all over it, then spread the filling over the jam leaving about 2 tbsp in the bowl
Top with the second sponge and spread the remaining 2 tbsp of the filling on top in the centre, it doesn't need to reach the edges
Whip up the double cream and icing sugar either by hand, with an electric hand mixer, or food mixer. Put it into a piping bag with an open star nozzle and pipe it all around the edge of the cake
Smash up the freeze dried strawberries if they are whole (you can also buy pieces that won't need smashing up) and sprinkle them in the centre
Add the fresh strawberries on top of the whipped cream all around the edge of the cake, and sprinkle the red hundreds and thousands, if using, all over the cake
Slice and enjoy!