Ingredients

How to make it

  • For the berries: Combine all ingredients in a medium nonreactive mixing bowl and toss to thoroughly coat strawberries. Let macerate at room temperature at least 20 minutes before using.
  • Strain macerated berries, reserving syrup separately.
  • For the cake: Heat oven to 350°F and position rack in top third of oven. Butter and flour two 8-inch cake pans. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a mixing bowl; set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, combine vegetable oil, water, lemon zest, vanilla extract, egg yolks, and 1 1/4 cups of the sugar. Whip on medium speed, occasionally stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl, until mixture is airy and light in color, about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl again; add dry ingredients and whip until smooth, about 1 minute more.
  • In a clean bowl, whip egg whites to medium peaks. Add remaining 1/4 cup sugar and continue whipping until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute more. Using a rubber spatula, fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the cake batter until evenly incorporated; gently fold in remaining egg whites until just combined.
  • Divide batter between prepared cake pans. Bake until surface of cakes springs back when pressed and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Remove cakes from the oven, run a knife around the perimeter of each, and turn them out onto wire racks to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the filling and the frosting.
  • For the filling: Combine mascarpone cheese and heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and whip until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • For the frosting: Place the cleaned bowl of the stand mixer and the whip attachment in the freezer for 10 minutes. Combine vanilla extract, sugar, and heavy cream in the chilled bowl and whip at medium speed until medium peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  • Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least one hour. (The frosting can be prepared up to 12 hours ahead.)
  • To assemble: Using a long serrated knife, trim the tops of the cakes as necessary so they are level. Place cake rounds on a clean, dry surface and, using a pastry brush, brush 1/2 of the reserved strawberry syrup on the cut side of the first cake round; repeat on the cut side of the second cake round.
  • Evenly spread 1/4 of the mascarpone filling over the cut side of the bottom cake layer. Arrange strawberries standing upright, stem end down, over the mascarpone layer, trimming tips as necessary to create an even layer. Cover berries with the remaining filling, being sure to fill in any empty space.
  • Place second cake layer over mascarpone and strawberries, cut side down, pressing gently to secure it. Using an offset spatula or a long, thin spatula, spread 3/4 cup of the frosting in a thin layer over the top and sides of the cake. Return remaining frosting and cake to the refrigerator until frosting on cake is set, about 15 minutes.
  • Spread the remaining frosting all over the top and sides of the cake. Let sit in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving

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    " It was excellent "
    hunnee ate it and said...
    wow! this is a keeper mine mine mine! lol
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  • cadringiel 4 years ago
    I have made this to enormous success! Beautiful, delicious, and more than worth the effort.
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    Wow, triple yum! Your making me hungry with this one. It's beautiful. You have my 5, thanks for sharing.
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  • mountainmama 5 years ago
    OH MY GOD I'm in LOVE with GREEKGIRRRRRRL..just kidding..your cake oh my gosh that is so beautiful and I love love strawberries..saved and HIGH 10..well 5 then! OH ok...555555555. ha ha
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  • fuzzy 5 years ago
    I am flaggerghasted by this cake. It's so delicious and gorgeous, too...like the perfect man!!!! I think I'm better off with the cake. HA!!
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  • fuzzy 5 years ago
    I am flaggerghasted by this cake. It's so delicious and gorgeous, too...like the perfect man!!!!
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  • greekgirrrl 5 years ago
    MICHAEL--YOU ARE SO DARN CUTE!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful cake with me.
    Sorry I had to take a slice from the photo it was so yummy looking I could not resist.
    Michael
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    :) Now I realized that I missed a lot...Superb posting!!
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  • drucila 6 years ago
    What a stunning cake. I soo have to try out your recipe. THANK YOU!!
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    " It was excellent "
    sunny ate it and said...
    Absolutely perfect!
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    " It was excellent "
    henrie ate it and said...
    Yum, wish I could give you more then a 5 for this one, flagging it as beautiful also. Great post GF, thanks for sharing. God Bless
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  • quepidoll 6 years ago
    Yum....Thanks for sharing...
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  • magali777 6 years ago
    I love this recipe and also the presentation, it´s beautiful.
    thank you for posting!
    Magali
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    " It was excellent "
    borinda ate it and said...
    I used to make something very similar and it was always a hit. Moist, gorgeous, and cheerful to serve. This is a sure winner.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    I think I am in love with that cake. Stunning and delicious....it's a dream cake come true. High 5 for you, GF - and thanks!!
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    " It was excellent "
    ambus ate it and said...
    Oh...This looks deeeeeeeeeelicious!
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    " It was excellent "
    bluewaterandsand ate it and said...
    Looks beautiful and sounds delicious!
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    " It was excellent "
    chriesi ate it and said...
    Oh that is lovely!
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