Sweet on Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Cake

Sweet on Strawberry Cake

Preheat your oven and prepare for a strawberry-whipped slice of wonderful.

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  • 3 oz. freeze-dried strawberries (approx. 4.5 cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberry powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 oz Mascarpone cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberry, powder more if desired
  • 6 large fresh strawberries, thinly sliced
  • Mint leaves
  • Freeze-dried strawberries, finely chopped (optional)
  • Thyme sprigs (optional)
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Strawberry Powder:

  1. Pulse freeze-dried strawberries in a food processor until the powder is fine. Pass the powder through a fine mesh strainer.
  2. In a measuring cup, pour out 1/2 cup of powder for the cake batter and 6 Tbsp for the frosting (more if desired). Set aside.
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Strawberry Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ℉
  2. Grease and flour three 6″ cake rounds and line with parchment.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/2 cup strawberry powder, baking powder, and salt. Sift to ensure it’s well combined and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy (approx 3 mins). Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour (3 additions of flour and 2 of milk). Combine fully after each addition.
  6. Bake for 35-40 mins.
  7. Let cakes cool on a wire rack for 20 mins.
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Strawberry Mascarpone Buttercream:

  1. Beat butter until smooth then add mascarpone cheese. Combine until smooth.
  2. Add in powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time) then mix in vanilla and 1 Tbsp cream. Beat the mixture on med-high speed for 5 mins.
  3. Reduce speed to low and beat for 2 additional minutes.
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  1. Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Add approximately 1 cup of buttercream to the top and spread evenly.
  2. Top with a thin layer of sliced strawberries.
  3. Repeat steps one and two with remaining layer and apply a thin layer of frosting all over to crumb coat the cake. Chill for 20 mins.
  4. While cake is chilling, add 1/4 cup strawberry powder to the remaining frosting. Mix until combined.
  5. Frost the top and sides of the cake and smooth with an icing scraper.
  6. Using a small piping bag, pipe dollop ruffles onto the cake.
  7. Sprinkle chopped freeze-dried strawberries and garnish with thyme and mint leaves, if desired.

Recipe inspired by livforcake.com

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