Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake

StrawberryLayerCakeHello everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic week. Tomorrow is Saturday, yay! Today I bring you another cake recipe. It was my son’s fifth birthday yesterday and he requested a vanilla cake with strawberries. Great idea child of mine! Strawberries are in season right now and are so sweet and delicious, of course I can put them on your birthday cake!

For my geeky inspiration this time, I used Harvest Moon again. Aside from MMOs, Harvest Moon has a HUGE number of recipes throughout the several games that are in the series. Strawberry Cake is seen in quite a few of them including Story of Seasons which is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the series. In the games, the Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake appears as a white cake with strawberries between the cake layers, a white frosting topping, and a strawberry on top. This fit my son’s request perfectly.

StrawberryCakeSliceRather than use buttercream frosting, I decided to make a whipped cream frosting for the cake instead, mainly because strawberries and fresh whipped cream is a fantastic combination, but also because whipped cream tends to not be as sweet as regular frosting and I didn’t want to load my kids up on sugar. I have to say, this is the first time that I’ve used whipped cream on a cake and it worked REALLY well. The whipped cream actually makes this cake reminiscent of a strawberry shortcake, which is one of my favorite desserts.

The filling for the cake is crushed, macerated strawberries. If you’ve never had macerated strawberries before it’s basically just a fancy name for strawberries that have been mixed with sugar and allowed to sit in the fridge for a few hours until the strawberries start to get nice and soft and lose some of their water. You can then scoop the softened and sweetened strawberries out with a slotted spoon and top the bottom cake layer with it.

My son was extremely pleased with his birthday cake and so was I! I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Harvest Moon Strawberry Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 12 cake slices

Ingredients

Instructions

    For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Coat the cake pans with cooking spray and a thin layer of flour to prevent sticking.
  3. In a medium sized bowl cream together the softened butter and sugar until the mixture appears light yellow and fluffy.
  4. Add in the three eggs and vanilla extract and mix again until well combined.
  5. Add the buttermilk and mix until combined.
  6. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix again until everything is well incorporated and the batter is free of lumps.
  7. Add the batter to the cake pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  8. For the Strawberry Filling
  9. Add the strawberries and sugar to a small bowl, mix well, cover and allow to sit in the fridge for at least an hour until softened. Use a slotted spoon to add the strawberries to the cake so that the water doesn't soak the cake. Place the remaining cake layer on top.
  10. For the Whipped Cream
  11. In a large mixing bowl add the cream and powdered sugar and beat on high for around a minute or until the cream is fluffy and when the mixture is lifted out of the cream, a stiff peak remains.
  12. Spread the whipped cream over the cake layers until the cake is well covered.
  13. Top with strawberries and additional dollops of whipped cream.
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