Fresh Strawberry Vanilla Cake

Combining fresh summer fruits with desserts always results in delicious creations!

Ingredients:

Cake:
1 cup of unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
4 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Strawberry syrup:

1/4 cup strawberry jam

2 tablespoons of water

Frosting:

1 cup heavy cream

200 grams of mascarpone cheese

200 grams of cream cheese

2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/4 cup butter

2 cups of strawberries

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Use a cooking spray to coat your baking pan then line the bottom with parchment paper.

2. Place the butter and sugar in a mixer bowl with a paddle attachment and beat for 3 minutes.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, then beat after.

4. Add in the egg yolks, one at a time.

5. Stir in the vanilla.

6. Stir the salt, baking powered, and flour in a large bowl. Then pour half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix until combines.

7. Add the buttermilk, and the remainder of the flour mixture. Be careful not to over mix.

8. Divide the batter into two pans. Bake for 35 minutes.

9. While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup by combining the strawberry jam and water. Heat in the microwave for 20 seconds until melted.

10. Prepare the frosting by whisking the heavy cream and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.

11. In another bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, butter and sugar together.

12. Gently fold in the whipped cream into the cheese mixture, until incorporated.

13. Remove the cakes from the oven and place the pans on a wire rack and allow them to cool down for around 10 minutes before turning the cakes upside down to allow them to cool completely.

14. Assemble the cake by placing your first layer on your serving plate, brush the syrup on top of the cake and then add a layer of frosting. Then place fresh strawberries (sliced) on top.

15. Place the second layer of cake on top, and brush it again with syrup. Then add whipped cream on top and decorate the cake with the remaining berries.

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