Strawberry Layer Cake and Sweet Mascarpone Cheese Frosting
Fresh strawberries are perfectly ripe for picking right now . . . a little bit late this year, but bursting with extra sweet flavor! With Mother’s Day in just a few weeks, I wanted to share our favorite Strawberry Layer Cake and Sweet Mascarpone Cheese Frosting recipe with you. This cake is so full of flavor, especially with the extra layer of fresh strawberries tucked in between each layer!
Strawberries, when picked at their peak level of freshness have the most beautiful vivid, rich red color. The soft shimmer studded with the tiny seeds adds to their beauty, just tempting us to bite right in.
This cake just “SINGS spring” . . . even if it did snow last week in Colorado. To all of my friends out there, just whip up this cake and you’ll be feeling spring right away!
The pool of pureed strawberries adds another level of berry-goodness! You can also use the puree with ice cream, smoothies, and parfaits! It also freezes nicely for using later and through the winter when you’re really wanting some fresh strawberries!
Strawberry Layer Cake & Sweet Mascarpone Cheese Icing
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 (3 oz) package strawberry flavored gelatin
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 4 jumbo eggs (room temperature)
- 2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup strawberry puree made from fresh or frozen strawberries (make an additional 2 cups of puree to drizzle over the cake slices or to lay the slices on top of a pool of puree).
For the Strawberry Filling
- 1 to 2 cups of the mascarpone cheese frosting (ingredients listed next)
- 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
For the Sweet Mascarpone Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 8-oz packages/tubs mascarpone cheese, softened
- 8 cups powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
- 1 teaspoon butter extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or three 8 inch round cake pans.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
- Combine the flour and baking powder.
- Stir into the batter alternately with the milk.
- Blend in strawberry puree and vanilla.
- Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
- Bake for 30 – 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool in their pans over a wire rack for at least 10 minutes.
- Gently tap the cakes out of their pans to finish cooling completely.
To prepare the frosting
- Beat the butter, mascarpone cheese, confectioners’ sugar, and butter extract until creamy.
- Spread the first cake layer with a thick layer of frosting.
- Evenly distribute the strawberry slices over the frosting.
- Place the top cake layer on top.
- Spread remaining frosting on top of cake and all around the sides.
- Garnish to decorate: Large, beautiful strawberries presented any way that you like.
I hope that you enjoy this special
Strawberry Layer Cake with Sweet Mascarpone Cheese Frosting!
What a beautiful cake, Roz. Sounds so luscious. xo
Hi Barbara, This is one of our favorite cakes; the color just lifts our spirits as well as the flavor makes our tummies pretty happy too!
Oh my gosh, the cake is gorgeous, your plates are gorgeous, and your geraniums are gorgeous!
Thanks Pam! Can you tell that these colors are also my favorite around my home and outside? They are very uplifting colors for my soul!
How absolutely Gorgeous! Just Beautiful…
Thank you for your kind thoughts Lori! It’s very easy and does look festive and special! I hope you try it and enjoy someday!
Oh Roz I could only wish to be able to bake like this. You are so Gifted!
Have a lovely weekend,
You are too kind Lori, I’m really not a baker . . . it scares me so much! My husband has a super sweet tooth, so cakes and pies are my way of getting him to do stuff around the house for me! LOL! Not really, but I’m the one who likes the savory recipes. I’d bake more if it didn’t go straight to my hips!
You have a great weekend too!!!!
I completely understand…And my Scale and I are NOT friends LOL!
And thank you I plan to have a nice quiet weekend…:)
OMG Roz! You are killing me! This is one stunning strawberry cake….Simply beautiful.
Awe thanks Velva…..I wish I could just swoop down to Florida and share a slice with you in the coastal sunshine! I love this time of year!
oh my gosh this looks gorgeous, but it’s the FLOWERS that are really getting me!! Today was the first day of temperatures with a “5” (as in 52) so we are a long way from anything blooming–i live vicariously through you!! anne
Do come visit someday! Gosh it has been chilly down here too and that’s why the strawberries are so ‘late’! We’re usually knee deep in strawberries the first week or so of April and they JUST now showed up in the farmer’s market this week. But I like a chilly spring, it will be scorching before we know it down here!
This is gorgeous, Roz! I, too, have fallen for the first berries of the season … for me, it was a custard pie topped with berries … heaven! I’m saving this recipe for a special Spring party! What a beauty of a cake!
Thanks so much, and trust me, this is super easy. It does make a big splash of a presentation though, especially when you cut a slice and see all of that pink! Let me know what you think if you decide to bake it.
wow stunning cake wish I had a slice
I wish I could share a slice with you too! Hope you’re having a nice spring in NC! It’s just been perfect here all week! I’m enjoying it before it gets hot!
What a gorgeous introduction to Spring Roz.
Thanks Val! We were needing something on the sweet side to celebrate a gorgeous week of weather; even had lunch outside yesterday! Hope spring is arriving in Canada too!
super!!! this cake looks lovely and not over filled or covered with whipped cream as usual. just love it! and thank you, I was just looking for a cake to make with my little one for my coming birthday and this is just perfect. and congrats for the new professional look!
Oh thanks so much for your compliment! It is my son’s birthday and even though he is 1000 miles away, I thought of him. I know that your little one will love this cake too!
Great shot Roz – I could go for a slice for breakfast. The berry farm up the road should be opening soon.
Larry, that’s exactly what my husband, Bill, had for breakfast! Unlike my love of eggs, potatoes and sausage for breakfast, he has to have a high dose of sugar! Have fun at the berry farm!
What a beautiful cake, Roz! It’s such a happy feeling type of cake! The frosting looks amazing…I love cream cheese frosting on anything!
A friend gave me this cream cheese frosting recipe back in the 70’s and it’s the butter that makes it so rich. The extra butter flavoring doesn’t hurt either! Thanks for your kind comment!
What a stunning spring/summer party cake!
Thanks dear friend! I’m still trying to figure out how to take photos as spectacular as yours! In a very steep learning curve, that’s for sure Angie!
This gorgeous cake absolutely screams spring! Love that vibrant shade of pink!
Oh thank you Joanne! I thought of you while baking it since I need to try to make more meatless ‘anything’ for you. I always have on my mind, ‘Uh-oh, but can Joanne eat this?” That’s a good thing, you keep me on my toes in my attempts to eat less meat. Obviously I haven’t done a good job lately with my meat-crazy hubz! Whatcha gonna do with guys like him? LOL!
What a beautiful cake! And all of those pretty plates and dishes. Pinned.
Oh thank you Lea Ann, this cake is so so easy to bake too! The puree sauce really seals the deal on yumminess!
Your cake is a springtime and Mother’s Day serenade, Roz. The cheery pink and the sweet strawberries with the touch of a tangy mascarpone erases any memory of winter woes. Even if just for a few blissful bites. Thank you for sharing your fabulous recipe and flowers =)
You are so sweet Kim! I think that everything that you prepare is cheerful any time of the year!
I am definitely saving this one!!! Looks so scrumpdelishous!!!
Thanks Bev! I think that you’ll just love this! it’s one of our favorite cakes that’s for sure!
Have a lovely day and thank you for your kind comment and visit!
This is a perfect cake for the season! It looks delicious and I love the cake plates, very pretty and festive looking! I’m new here and glad to find your blog. Thanks for the great recipe to try this spring!
You are so welcome Pam; I’m happy to share my recipes with you. I’ll stop over to your place now and gladly follow you back to learn more from your expertise too! Thank you for your kind words!
This is such a beautiful classic cake, and looks lovely on that pretty pink cake stand. I love any excuse to bake a cake but would be even more thrilled if someone bake this for me. Happy Spring!
Happy Spring to you too Debby! Those huge California strawberries are arriving right now in the markets and being offered smothered with chocolate in the stores! So tempting! Happy Mother’s Day!
so it’s definite: this is going to be my b-day cake. two clarifications: strawberry gelatin, something like jello? sometimes we can find jello here, but I don’t know about flavored gelatin… and, what do you mean with the step: “stir into the batter alternately with the milk”? I am not a cake person, but I’ll do my best!
Very good questions! Yes, strawberry gelatin is jello. If I could, I’d send you a few boxes. When mixing the batter, in one mixing bowl blend the butter, sugar and dry strawberry jello powder . . . to that add the eggs, one at a time until light and fluffy. In a second mixing bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Then add this flour/baking powder mixture a up at a time to your first bowl of butter, sugar, jello powder and eggs. After every cup of flour added, then add some of the milk . . . and repeat: add some flour/baking powder . . . add some milk . . . add some flour/baking powder . . . add some more milk until all is blended into the first bowl of butter, sugar, jello powder and eggs. Then add in the strawberry and vanilla.
I am CERTAIN that your cake will be DIVINE!!!!
oops, I menat to write a “CUP” of flour above and not “up” . . . I left out the “c” for the word “cup”
thank you Roz for the quick feedback. I can’t wait to make the cake!!!
I am so PLEASED that it brought smiles to you and your family!
It’s Mother’s Day here in the States, so I’d like to wish you a happy Mother’s Day!
heavenly!strawberries are one of my favorite things! Hugs and thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo
featuring on Monday xo
Oh Katherine, what an HONOR!!!! I have been meaning to ask you something, but know how busy that you are. I was wondering if you would like to be write a guest post while I am away between May 18th and May 25th. If you get this message, could you please let me know? I’d love to feature you in return please!
love strawberries! yes strawberry fruit is the best. but unfortunately strawberry fruit don’t really grow well on our country. They often taste so sour. There is once I ever taste the strawberries that my aunt for that she said is Korean strawberries. Oh my gosh they taste so good…
Oh thank you, but I think that you have other fresh specialties in your area that are just as delicious! Thank you so much for stopping by. I will visit and follow your blog now too!
Dear Roz, This cake is so beautiful…it brings a smile to my face. I know my daughter would love this…anything with strawberries is her favorite. Blessings my dear friend, Catherine xo
Oh my goodness, hello Catherine! I have missed you so much since your horrible experience with the hurricane/tropical storm Sandy. But thank the Lord you are well! This is what is most important and that which brings smiles to all of our faces….the cake, well, is just the icing on the cake!!!!!
Oh my goodness….this cake looks so refreshing! And the colors are just perfect for spring! Visiting from Katherine’s Corner. Have a lovely day.
Hi Mitzi! So glad that you found my blog and stopped by for a visit with such a sweet comment for my strawberry cake. I’ll be right by your blog now to follow along. Welcome to my blog, new friend!
Always a pleasure to have you join in the fun at the hop. Strawberries are some of my very favorite things!!! this looks divine . Thank you for sharing at the hop my sweet bloggy friend xo
It is always a pleasure for ME too, to take part in your wonderful weekly party!
Have a great weekend, my friend!
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How did I miss this? Holy cow it’s delightful. I love strawberries but it’s not strawberry season here as we’re heading in to winter. Spring comes early so I don’t have forever to wait to make this gorgeous cake.
I have a student in my classes from New Zealand and he makes me think of you and all of my Aussie blogging friends! It is Mother’s Day here and I wish you a most happy day!
This looks decadently delicious! I love strawberries and I love marscapone. A winning combination. I love the idea of the pool of pureed strawberries on bottom!
Thanks Sherri! It really is a winning recipe. My husband ate the entire cake in 3 days — he’s crazy about cakes! I’ll be over to see what you’ve been cooking on your blog!
Roz, today I’m collecting cake recipes. Please drop me a line on [email protected] if you are ok with me linking to your post in my blog (Carole’s Chatter). Cheers
Thanks for your invitation and for sharing this delicious cake on your blog today! Now following your superb blog!
What a gorgeous cake; makes me yearn for spring…and we’re just getting started with winter!
I’ll trade you seasons Barbara! My favorite time of year is SPRING!
What a pretty looking cake, Definitely a wow factor at a special dinner.
I just stumbled across your website the other day and fell in love with it. Your recipes are AMAZING!!! My mouth waters just looking at this Strawberry cake – WOW!! I started my own website a few months ago called Europe’s Calling because I am from England and lived in Germany and now the U.S. I miss Europe so much, so this is my way of staying connected. Check it out and remember it is VERY new and lots of tweaking to be done to it still.
Is this recipe Italian?
Your website has inspired me.
Hi Suzy, I apologize for getting back to you so late, but I’ve been away (in Europe) and then had a lot of family health issues. I am anxious to find your blog and will visit right now! The recipe is not completely Italian, except for the mascarpone cheese instead of regular cream cheese. it is fantastic and I hope you enjoy it, if you prepare it!
You’ve inspired me to continue on!
I bet you had a wonderful time in Europe! How exciting for you. I made this cake and took it with me to a party and I had so many compliments. It was so moist and the frosting was the best, I was quite proud of myself and gave you all the credit! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.
Oh My!! This is definitely by dessert for Easter this coming year. It screams primavera and Pasqua. Thank you for sending me the link for the recipe.
This cake looks beautiful. I am visiting your blog for the first time. So glad I found you.
I’m so glad that you found my blog! Thank you for your sweet compliment on my Strawberry Layer Cake. I hope you try it someday; it’s a family favorite!
Have a great summer day!
So happy to subscribe ! Thank you for this beautiful festive cake 🙂
Welcome and thanks for subscribing! I ADORE your blog and so humbled that you chose to stop by. I look forward to learning more from you and a continued blog friendship!