June 19, 2012

TWD French Strawberry Cake

Here's a fabulous dessert that showcases summer's quintessential fruit.  While this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, French Strawberry Cake, may look and feel decidedly American, the French factor comes from the vanilla genoise cake. 

Unlike most of the genoise I've made or encountered this sponge cake was quite delicious and not dry in the slightest.  The whipped cream is out of this world.  I strayed slightly from the cookbook recipe by adding softened cream cheese.  It's a trick I learned from Cook's Illustrated and provides a slight tang and additional stability to the heavy cream that is truly scrumptious. 

For the cake recipe please make your way over to Sophia's Sweets or Think, Love, Sleep, Dine who are this week's hosts.  I've included the whipped cream recipe below if you'd like to try it for yourself...you won't regret it!

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream  
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 cups heavy cream 

Place cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whisk at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down bowl with rubber spatula as needed.

Reduce speed to low and add heavy cream in slow, steady stream; when almost fully combined, increase speed to medium-high and beat until mixture holds stiff peaks, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes more, scraping bowl as needed (you should have about 4 1/2 cups).


  1. U've done a truly beautiful job!!! i must have done something wrong cos mine was a tad dry!the strawberries look so vibrant! smart idea not to frost the sides.. i think it looks better this way!!!

  2. absolutely gorgeous! :)

  3. Beautiful cake and so glad you liked it. My cake was also a bit dry, so I was disappointed. Although I did think the frosting was wonderful.

  4. always love visiting your blog to see beautiful photos & food! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the frosting. i love cream cheese!

  5. Anonymous6/19/2012

    Lovely cake! I must say, though, I'm really intrigued by the cake stand in your photo; it looks as though you could switch out the ribbon for different occasions. Mind telling us where you purchased it?

    1. Thank you! The cake stand is Martha Stewart Collection from Macy's.

  6. What a wonderful picture!
    Your cake looks delicious!

  7. Just stunning! Love the sound of the cream cheese whipped cream and you got such perfect layers. Gorgeous!

  8. Beautiful job! And I do love the flavor and stability that a little bit of cream cbeese adds - great idea.

  9. Picture perfect. I like how you kept your sides open. Rustic looking. Good job!

  10. Prettiest one I've seen! Great job!

  11. I like the way you left the sides open on your cake, French meets American!

  12. So beautiful! It looks perfect for summer!

  13. Very nice. You always have such beautiful photos.

  14. That is prettily perfect!

  15. Such gorgeous images you have here, just in time for summer!


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