This is very exciting to me. Mostly because a) I love a good Southern layer cake and b) if you ever try to make a cake with REAL strawberries it often ends up a watery mess! As we say in the Bay Area, I am hella making this….
So beautiful and clearly a treasure of a cake. Cannot wait to
Make it, but I ‘m on a southbound train till evening so wait I
must. Love me some food coloring — it has a place within the kitchen. Tandoori chicken , char siu pork , red velvet cake, pistachio ice cream. Thanks for the true treats of your posts .
I wouldn’t have been convinced to make this from Saveur’s photograph; you’re giving them a run for their money. Gorgeous pics….I think this just might be my birthday cake this year . . . was also thinking shredded coconut would give it a fun snowball appeal.
Oh gosh, when I saw that cake in the magazine I was wowed, too, but to see it re-created so beautifully makes my mouth water even more! It’s apparently ol’ Bertha knows what she’s doing—and so, apparently, do you.
In the 21rst century, literally *anything* we can wish for is available on the internet, including the most amazing, alllll natural! flavor extracts from the amazing site below. Go crazy! (I don’t work for them but prob. should!)
PS: strawberry cake was my very favorite birthday cake while growing up!
Ha! This is gorgeous! I am definitely going to buy some imitation strawberry extract and make this because I have a sick fondness for boxed strawberry cake topped with funfetti icing (I request it whenever my sister, who only makes boxed cakes and whose favorite cookbook is Sandra Lee’s semi-homemade one, offer to bake for me). I bet a few teaspoons of strawberry extract and some red food coloring are nothing compared to what’s in those boxes, so this recipe is actually a healthy step forward from my perspective.
Haha wow! That is some pink cake! You did what most of us in this farm-to-table age are too timid to do, use artificial ingredients. Everything in moderation right? Glad to hear it tasted as good as it looked : )
This looks great, Tim! As a kid, my favorite kind of cake was the boxed strawberry variety, and my mom dutifully made it for me every year on my birthday even though she usually cringed at boxed cake mixes. I *must* try this recipe out! I know food coloring stresses some people out, but it’s such a fun color! Would be perfect for a barbecue or something outdoors. Ooh lala!
Whoa indeed. That’s pink :D I think a cake like this could be a major hit for my little girl though. I think I would get tons of applaus if I made this for her and her little friends. Because.. well.. you know… PINK! :)
Oh my goodness! I kept bumping into that recipe on the Saveur site and I interpreted my desire to make it as some kind of baking-sensibility anomaly on my part. But there is something about it’s pink-ness that’s irresistible. Seeing your awesome results, I think I’ll finally try it out!
Tim, Tim, Tim. So you were taken in by the bright, shiny red, huh? Love ya, I must turn my back on my Southern roots and just say no to this one. If you want a strawberry cake throw-down, the recipe from the Sky High cake book is out of this world and guaranteed to give this one a run for its money in the taste department… sans artificial anything. xo
Round about my parts we’re just at the end of strawberry season and I spent quite a lot of time searching interesting ways of using strawberries in a dessert, other than atop a tart. While this cake does look rather garish it does look amazing too.
I’m wondering if it could work using a comnination of fresh pureed strawberries and vanilla extract in place of the strawberry extract?
I made mine today.. Love love love this frosting imitation strawberry and all..in fact I made enough extra to frost a few dozen vanilla bean cupcakes..this being said my cake tended to be a little more heavy/more dense than I would have liked. I was hoping for a fluffier texture I think I got carried away on the strawberry jam as I do that sometimes never really using measuring cups or spoons.. nevertheless it was a good cake and provided the finishing touch to the BBQ. Not what to do with the remaining strawberry extract…
I’ve got to try this. The strawberry crumble cake you posted last year (or the year before) is in my top 2 cakes category, the other one being an ice cream cake that has religious deity status among my family and friends. Suffice to say, I trust you, imitation strawberry and all.
Saveur doesn’t actually call for imitation strawberry extract – just strawberry extract – and you can buy pure strawberry extract. Imitation stuff scares me; imitation vanilla is made from wood pulp – yuck. I don’t subscribe to Saveur, did it reference imitation somewhere besides the recipe?
Curious about the red food coloring. The recipe says it’s optional, did you use it? I’m assuming you did, based on the vibrancy of the cake.
Hi Cara- I guess the recipe doesn’t specify imitation extract, but I’d be willing to bet that is what Bertha’s is using (and what Saveur used). Pure strawberry extract is difficult to find, and in my experience tastes worse than the imitation stuff. But obviously, you can and should do whatever you are comfortable with. As I said, I feel fine using the imitation stuff.
i made this and while it was delicious, 40 minutes was far too long. it was partially burned (yet oddly still super tasty) by 35. also i did not have strawberry extract, nor could i locate it anywhere, so we used creme de cassis for the icing and it made this lovely lavender colour. yay, how fun!
I made this for my most recent True Blood watching party and it was a big hit. I also found that 40 minutes was too long. It was still moist and tasty but developed a very hard crust around the edges. I found strawberry extract at my local Meijer store without trouble.
One, 1 oz bottle of food coloring was enough for my cake. I used about two tablespoons worth in the cake itself and the remainder of the bottle I tossed in the frosting.
This looks delicious! I would like to make this but I don’t have any imitation strawberry extract. With just the jam, is that enough strawberry flavor? My boyfriend loves strawberries so I would like to make this for his birthday. Is this a pink cream cheese frosting on the cake?