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The Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake

The Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake. A light as air sponge cake with fresh strawberries, vanilla whipped cream and strawberry compote.

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The Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake

I couldn’t decide whether to just use fresh sliced strawberries for this cake or turn them into a quickly stewed strawberry sauce to fill the layers. Since there were two, one pound packages of fresh strawberries in the fridge, I decided not to decide and used both.

Fresh strawberries close up photo.

Fresh ripe perfect strawberries.

The sponge cake used is a shortcut version that soaks up the strawberry juice and sauce nicely, making for a very moist delicious cake. This cake is like a good strawberry trifle that can be cut in slices.

Definitely one of the best strawberry desserts I’ve ever tried and actually does taste as good as it looks.

Frozen strawberries for Strawberry Chiffon Squares

I generally use frozen berries to make the compote, to make it a little more economical.

2017 UPDATE: I have made this cake many times since and we absolutely never get tired of it, especially in summer strawberry season. My daughter always asks for it as a birthday cake too.

It’s an ideal cake for those who don’t like heavy sweet icing or traditional birthday cake.

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The Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake

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Originally published Sept 2011

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Yield: 12 servings (approximately)

The Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

The Ultimate Strawberries and Cream Cake is a light as air sponge cake with fresh strawberries, vanilla whipped cream and strawberry compote.


For the Shortcut Sponge Cake

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp melted butter

For the Strawberry Compote

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, cut in quarters.
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 rounded tbsp corn starch

For the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar, powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

You will also need

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced.


  1. Line the bottoms of 2 ungreased eight inch cake pans with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment in place add the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.Beat at high speed until the mixture is very light and foamy and about tripled in volume.
  3. Remove the bowl from the mixture and very gently fold in the flour, a little at a time. I like to sprinkle the flour over the surface of the batter a little a t a time and gently fold in with a rubber spatula.
  4. Remove about a cup of this batter and stir the melted butter. Then fold the butter and batter mixture gently into the batter in the bowl.
  5. Pour into the prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25- 30 minutes or until the cake springs back at the center and a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely on a wire rack before splitting each layer with a serrated bread knife to create 4 layers in total.

To prepare the Strawberry Compote

  1. Wash and hull the strawberries and cut them into slices. Toss the strawberries in the sugar and let sit for ½ an hour. This will help to draw the juice from the strawberries before cooking them.
  2. Bring the strawberries and sugar to a very gentle simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Dissolve the corn starch in the water and slowly add to the simmering strawberries as you stir gently but continuously. Bring the mixture back up to a gentle simmer and cook for an additional minute before removing from the heat and cooling completely. Chill in the fridge when it reaches room temperature.

To prepare the Vanilla Whipped Cream

  1. Simply beat the whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer until firm peaks form.

To construct the cake

  1. Place the first layer on the cake plate and top with half the vanilla whipped cream and sliced berries. add the next layer of cake and then half the strawberry sauce. Continue by adding the next layer of cake, whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Add the final layer of cake and top with the remaining half of the strawberry sauce. Garnish with additional whipped cream and fresh strawberries if desired. Chill for a couple of hours before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

12 servings (approximately)

Amount Per Serving Calories 379Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 143mgSodium 64mgCarbohydrates 61gFiber 2gSugar 48gProtein 6g

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Sunday 24th of July 2022

My cake came out very dense and flat . Taste was good but I was disappointed. I thought it was double the volume but who knows. Lol I have to try again hopefully work better next time.

Dorthea Stevenson

Friday 28th of June 2019

I made this dessert last night and it was amazing!! best strawberry dessert ever~~~~

NAIDA Robinson

Friday 31st of August 2018

I made this and found the sponge came out alot more flat than I expected. I am avid cake Baker, but this one stumped me. Did I possibly over mix? Not beat the eggs and sugar long enough?they came out about 1/2 inch thick each.

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 31st of August 2018

I suspect not beating enough. The eggs and sugar should be very foamy. Be sure NOT to grease the pan either.


Sunday 1st of July 2018

Made this today. Easy to make and yummy except for the bottom layer which seemed uncooked but in fact, the moisture from the cream and berries in combination with the weight of the berries, soaked in bottom layer which made it look unappealing. Nice and not sweet. A recipe that is a keeper.


Wednesday 27th of June 2018

Simple cakes are always the best ! Thank you !

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