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Friday, June 24, 2011

Strawberry Cream Cake | 4th of July Dessert | Easy | Entertaining

If you want impress some people, make this cake.  This cake is "ooh-ed and aah-ed" by everyone that sees it.

Smoke and Mirrors, folks.  Here's the thing... it is a boxed cake mix with whipped cream and strawberries.  Does it get any easier?  As I learned as a caterer, presentation goes a long way.






For your 4th of July Party, put this at the center of some store-bought pies, piles of brownies and cupcakes and you'll have a dessert buffet that is photo worthy.

I've created a Strawberry Cream Cake label for you to print to make your creation look extra special.  If you plan to make other desserts, just print the blank labels and write in (or type in) the name of your dessert.

To print the "Strawberry Cream...
Cake" sign or blank label, click on the image to enlarge.  Right click on the image and "Save As". 

Strawberry Cream Cake

1 White Cake (from a box)
This is a small 6-inch cake - I made the rest of the batter into cupcakes.  
4 cups of Whipped Cream (recipe below)
1 pint of Real Strawberries


Me, at the age of two (I think. Right, Mom?) with my eyes and fingers set
on my Strawberry Shortcake (the cartoon character) birthday cake.
Real Strawberries.

I owe an apology to all of my clients, friends and family : For the last 20+ years I have been serving you large, 'beautiful' store-bought, commercially grown strawberries.  I'm sorry.  I should have known better!

When I was young, I adored strawberries (see photo at right...).  We had our very own strawberry patch in the backyard (I think it was even planted in a tracker tire - how 80's is that!).  Little did I know that in the coming years, I would forget how amazing these ripe little gems were and I would be falsely swooned by the giant season-less strawberries found at the grocery store.  I've discovered that real strawberries - tiny little strawberries that actually ripen on the vine (vs. in a truck/box) are still alive and well in Concord, Ma.  Every produce farm has "Pick Your Own" signs and plenty of berries for the taking.

Do yourself a favor - find some real strawberries.  They are like nothing you've ever tasted.

Since you were five-years-old, at least.


Whipped Cream*

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar

In a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream until it is light and airy.  Add sugar.  Mix well. 

*If you are really short on time (or you are my sister and actually prefer it...), use cool whip.  It will stand up to the heat better than real whipped cream.

16 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful, and the strawberries, so vibrant!

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  2. how pretty! i'll definitely have to try this one!

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  3. This cake is gorgeous! GORGEOUS! I wish I could find real strawberries in Southern Oklahoma but it proves to be a mystery! I am going to have to grow my own and hope I don't kill them! :)

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  4. Wow! What a stunning cake. Local strawberries are just ready now so I'll be putting this on the menu this weekend. You have a beautiful blog. I'm going to go look around for more goodies :)

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  5. So funny how you apologized for the store-bought strawberries but not for the cake mix! The cake is stunning, though! Lovely photos. I love that you used homemade whipped cream. YUM!

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  6. What a beautiful cake! Sometimes simple is best, especially in the heat of summer. I love anything with strawberries!

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  7. this looks so impressive! and i love the cake label--super cute!

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  8. What a gorgeous photo! Thanks for the label, too. It makes the cake seem more special, when it's not too difficult! Lovely!

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  9. What a beautiful cake! I love your photos.

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  10. Thanks everyone - I hope you all get a chance to make your own. If you don't want to bake a cake yourself (even if it is from a box!) you could also buy a pound cake from the bakery and dress it up. I think the long rectangle loaf shaped cake would be really nice looking. Maybe I'll even try it with a banana bread next...

    I plan to be posting more printable labels soon!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Jenny

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  11. I love, love this so much, it's so adorable, simple, but not understated. I bet it is delish!

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  12. Hi there! We'd love to post this on the California Strawberries website and FB with full credit to you. Please let me know if that's OK with you!It's so beautiful!

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  13. Your cake is beyond beautiful! Love the tag too :)

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