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Fresh Strawberry Cake

If you love to add fresh fruits to your cake batter instead of flavored Cake mixes, you will love my Homemade Fresh Strawberry Cake! This one's a Soft and fluffy Sponge Cake topped with an easy Chocolate Ganache.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Slices
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Neha

Ingredients

  • 50 Gms Fresh Strawberries
  • 30 ml (2 Tbsps) Milk
  • 3 large Egg Yolks (Room temperature)
  • 40 ml Oil
  • Few drops Pink Food Coloring
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 60 Gms (1/2 Cup) All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Strawberry Extract
  • 3 large Egg Whites (Room Temperature)
  • 50 Gms (1/4 Cup) Sugar

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 4-ounces Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 Cup/ 4 ounces (120 ml) Heavy Cream or Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2-3 fresh Strawberries (to top)

Instructions

  • Prepare a tall 6 inches baking pan (see notes, point 5) with a round parchment paper, set it aside. Next, blend fresh strawberries in a blender and set the puree aside too.
  • In a medium bowl combine egg yolks, oil, milk, strawberry puree, food coloring and strawberry extract. Beat till combined well.
  • Sift flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt over egg yolk mixture and fold in to combine. Set it aside.
  • Next, in a grease free and clean bowl add room temperature egg whites and beat them for a minute on medium speed. You can make meringue using a hand held or stand mixer.
  • Slowly start adding sugar in 5-6 increments and continue beat until stiff peaks are formed. Don't fret, if this takes 5-6 minutes.
  • Now, using a spatula, fold the meringue into the cake batter in 2 to 3 increments. Do not over mix at this point. We don't want the air bubbles to skip the batter.
  • Pour batter in the prepared pan and bake at 350 deg F for 50-60 minutes. To check for doneness, touch the center of cake with your finger and if the cake springs back, it's done.
  • Allow to cool, upside down for 15-20 minutes. Then run a knife around edges of pan and take the cake out.

For Chocolate Ganache

  • Heat the cream in a microwave safe bowl till well heated. Do not allow it to boil.
  • Pour over chocolate, allow to sit for 1-2 minutes and then stir till mixed well till all the chocolate has melted.
  • Let it cool down a bit before pouring on the cake. Top with fresh berries!

Notes

Storage Information:
Store ganache topped cake at room temperature, covered tightly at all the times upto 2 days. The cake will stay good in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
For longer storage, freeze the cake for 2 months. Thaw overnight on counter top or in the refrigerator before serving.
Recipe Notes:
  1. Making a Perfect Meringue: Beat meringue some where between soft and stiff peak stage for a supremely moist yet sturdy cake. You may use about 1/4 tsp of cream of tartar to stabilize your meringue.
  2. For a fluffy Cake: Always cool this cake upside down and never poke it with a toothpick to check for doneness. These are the two main causes for a deflated sponge! The cake when touched in the center springs back, is ready to come out of oven.
  3. Strawberry Extract: A splash of strawberry extract helps bringing out the berry flavor. So, don't miss it out.
  4. Separating Eggs: Always separate your eggs straight out of refrigerator. It is way more easier than attempting to separate them at room temp.
  5. Baking Pan: If you don't have a tall 6 inches pan, you can also use 2 small 6 inches pan. Bake time should be around 25-35 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 83mg | Sugar: 9g