I think I must be one of the few people in the world, or at least the UK, that doesn’t like strawberries. That being said, my wonderful boyfriend loves them, so when he requested a Strawberry & Vanilla Cake for his birthday I was happy to oblige! Despite not liking the taste of strawberries, I think they look great and make the cake look very summery and fresh. He loved the cake and was very giddy when he saw the finished product, it got cut minutes after the photo above was taken! Making things for my loved ones is one of the best things about baking as I love how happy they get when you present it to them. If you want to make a strawberry lover very happy here’s what to do…
To start I made the sponge by firstly creaming together butter and caster sugar. I added eggs and vanilla extract and whisked in, then folded in flour.
I split the mixture into two. In one of the mixtures I added strawberry flavour oil and pink food colouring. Then I divided the mixtures between four cake tins for baking.
I baked each layer of sponge on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for around 20 minutes. When the four layers of sponge were cooked I left them to cool.
Next I made a vanilla buttercream from butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract.
I put the first layer of sponge on the cake stand and spread strawberry jam over it. I put strips of baking paper around the edges so no buttercream would get on the cake stand. Or you could use a turntable.
I continued sandwiching the layers together with strawberry jam until they were all piled high!
Then I spread the buttercream over the sponge using a palette knife. I tried to make it as smooth as possible.
After cutting the tops off the strawberries I arranged them on top of the Strawberry & Vanilla Cake. I sprinkled over some white chocolate chips as my boyfriend insisted they were a necessary element of the cake! I think they looked good too and were a good way of filling in the gaps between the fruit. There are lots of other ways you could arrange the strawberries on top – be creative!
I loved the effect of the layers when it was cut, and the Strawberry & Vanilla Cake was very much enjoyed by the birthday boy!
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Strawberry & Vanilla Cake
For the sponge
- 350 g Butter or baking spread
- 350 g Caster sugar
- 6 Eggs large
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 350 g Self raising flour
- Pink food colouring
- 1/2 tsp LorAnn Strawberry flavour oil
For the buttercream
- 300 g Butter or baking spread
- 600 g Icing sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
For decoration & filling
- 1 jar of Strawberry jam
- Approx 26 Fresh strawberries
- 1 bag of White chocolate chips
Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and grease and line four 8" cake tins
To make the sponge cream together the butter and the caster sugar. Add the eggs, two at a time and mixing between each addition, and whisk in the vanilla extract
Fold in the self raising flour
Split the mixture in half and colour one half pink with the food colouring as well as mixing in the strawberry flavour oil
Divide the pink mixture between two of the cake tins and the vanilla mixture between the remaining two cake tins
Bake the sponge for around 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave them to fully cool either in the tins or remove from the tin and place on cooling racks
Make the vanilla buttercream by mixing the butter and icing sugar together. Once it starts to come together add the vanilla extract and mix until smooth. I use my electric hand whisk to do this but you can also do it by hand with a spoon
Put the first layer of sponge on a cake stand and spread strawberry jam over it
Continue sandwiching the layers together in alternate colours with strawberry jam between each one
Spread the buttercream over the top and sides of the sponge using a palette knife
Arrange the strawberries on top of the cake, then sprinkle over the white chocolate chips