Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: French Strawberry Cake

June 19, 2012 at 12:01 am | Posted in BWJ, cakes & tortes, groups, layer cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 24 Comments
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french strawberry cake

Flo Braker‘s French Strawberry Cake is the perfect thing for right now, right here.  Strawberries are all over the NYC greenmarkets (and my CSA), so a summer strawberry cake of some sort was bound to be in order even if we hadn’t picked this for TWD

This is a lovely simple cake…no fancy buttercreams or anything.  Just some lightly sweetened whipped cream and mashed strawberries filling a whole egg sponge cake.  The cake is called a genoise in the book, but it’s the only genoise I’ve ever made that doesn’t heat the eggs in the process.  The recipe calls for making one tall cake and splitting it into three layers.  I made just a half recipe and I thought my little six-inch cake really only needed to be cut into two.  This type of sponge cake can be a little dry on its own, but the whipped cream and macerated berries add the moisture that is needed.  I think it became even tastier the second day.  I can see this being great with raspberry smoosh, too, if you are feeling more English than French (Victoria sponge, anyone)?.

french strawberry cake

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan or read  Sophia’s, Sophia’s Sweets and Allison’s Sleep Love Think Dine.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll!


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  1. Simple it may be but how lovely it looks, especially so in a New Zealand winter with rain outside. Oh for some strawberries now….

  2. Yum, yum! Your cake looks so delicious Steph! My cake became tastier on the second day too…looking forward to seeing how it tastes like on the 3rd day!

  3. I’ve made something very similar for the birthday of my niece, and I agree fresh strawberries work great in the cake!

  4. Your cake looks perfect!
    I think it’s simplicity is what makes it special.

  5. I am so lucky that the summer is now coming to Northern Germany. Regional tasty strawberries which taste like strawberries are the first sign of summer. Great looking cake.

    Ulrike @Küchenlatein

  6. Very cute cake. I wasn’t so happy with the genoise, but I’ll have to try it again.

  7. Like how you cut the strawberries in half before placing them on your cake. Gorgeous shot, as always.


  8. Yours looks very nice 🙂

  9. Your cake looks delicious. I had just a time with my genoise. I have to try it again soon.

  10. Just beautiful Steph! Love the smooshy middle

  11. Beautiful job, Steph!

  12. That looks delicious & perfect for the summer! I cannot wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Such a lovely picture and a delicious cake!

  14. It looks beautiful !

    Unfortunately, I made this before those berries started showing up in my CSA basket 😦

  15. Love how your cake turned out and how you used the strawberries on top of the cake,beautiful

  16. Your whipped cream looks expertly applied. Beautiful presentation.

  17. Lovely,as always!

  18. Looks delicious!

  19. Your cake looks perfect! Nice work!

  20. Looks beautiful! Great photos.

  21. That looks simply gorgeous! I’ve just ordered RAMFT, I can’t wait for it to arrive.

  22. This cake is gorgeous! And looks like it would be perfect for the 4th.

  23. That’s very pretty Steph! I think I may even be inspired to make one. What do you think of mixing Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries?

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