If you are in need of a new recipe idea for your next celebration, use the opportunity to prepare this beautiful and extremely delicious cake.
It features a juicy layer of strawberry puree and another layer of chocolate cream. It not only looks absolutely appealing, but it is super easy to make.
When strawberry season arrives here in Germany, I try to enjoy these heavenly red drops of natural “candy” as often as I can.
Although I have quite a collection of different strawberry recipes, I often don’t get around to baking them, as the fresh berries are just too irresistible. I often just gobble them up as they are before I get around to using them in a cake or some other recipe.
I think this habit has to do with my childhood experience. In Germany, there are lots of farmers who allow families to pick strawberries from their fields.
I remember that when I was a little girl, I enjoyed this very much, and I was so proud when I would fill a large basket with berries that I had gathered myself to take home. Of course, I couldn’t resist putting one after another right into my mouth as I picked them.
As for the strawberry cake, it might be best to prepare the sponge one day in advance, and proceed with the rest of the recipe the next day. For the pureed berries, I use a ready-made product. Here in Germany you can buy small sachets of this product, which mainly consists of starch and a gelling agent (similar to strawberry glaze available in the US).
Editor’s Note: We found the correct Geman glaze on Amazon.
The glaze is then mixed with liquid, in this case the blended fruit, and some sugar. After bringing it to a boil, you spread it on the cake and allow it to set. You might also try mixing cornstarch with some water, then stir the slurry into the fruit, bring it to a boil, and then allow it to cool.
If you find yourself out of oil mid-recipe, no worries: we have this guide to oil substitutions for baking if you get into a pinch, but hopefully you’re well-prepared for this recipe before you get started!
Kitchen equipment required:
- palette knife
- cake ring
- 9- or 10-inch spring form baking pan
Find plenty of other fruity, tasty cakes here at Foodal: such as our lemon and lime sponge roll, or our gluten-free, lactose free mandarin orange spongecake delight!
On the other hand, if you’re in the market for a much more basic cake recipe, make sure to give our simple two ingredient cake recipe a try.
Hankering for a more chocolatey German cake recipe? Bake our elaborate baumkuchen tart.
And if you do go through the recipe and end up with a deflated cake, no sweat! We’ve got great creative tips on what you can do with a cake that doesn’t rise.
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About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.