My guy's favorite dessert of all time is strawberry shortcake, and for weeks now, he's been begging me to make it. Since the beloved berries are starting to turn up at the farmers market, I finally decided to win him over with a luxuriously creamy strawberry layer cake.
Unfortunately, the day I baked this cake, the city of San Francisco had record-high temperatures, something that my cool, whipped cake wasn't so thrilled about — it wound up being a classic case of theirs versus mine.
While I wouldn't suggest making this layer cake during a heat wave with no A/C and a hot oven, I would otherwise highly recommend this sweet, satisfying, crowd-pleaser of a dessert. It's a perfect use for Spring strawberries. To see the recipe, read more.
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature Serves 10.
2 cups plus 6 tablespoons sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups low-fat buttermilk
3 cups flour
2 pints strawberries, hulled (I would recommend 3 pints)
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
8 ounces mascarpone cheese
1 pint heavy cream
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature