A spectacular strawberries and cream naked cake that’s perfect for birthdays, celebrations, wedding and baby showers.
Strawberries and cream are, for me, summer in a nutshell. When I was little I couldn’t wait for strawberry season and I still greet the arrival of proper strawberries with equal enthusiasm now.
I love using them in baking and desserts, in smoothies and drinks, or just eating them whole with a tiny dusting of sugar and squirt of lemon juice.
Fresh strawberries are such a stunning – and easy – way to decorate this simple naked cake. Arrange them whole over the top of the cake as I have done, or slice them and pile them prettily
They don’t keep very well however so this cake is best eaten soon after it is assembled. Keep the cake in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
I baked this strawberries and cream naked cake for my neighbours’ daughter’s birthday and it was a dual celebration as they had just welcomed a baby boy two days previously. It is a beautifully simple, very tasty cake – I hope you make it and report back!
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Strawberries and cream naked cake
For the cake
- 330 g | 11.6oz plain flour
- 330 g | 11.6oz caster sugar
- 50 g | 1.7oz ground almonds
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 3 large eggs
- 200 g | 7oz unsalted butter cool but not hard, cubed
- 100 g | 3.5oz buttermilk
- 150 g | 5.3oz strawberries hulled and quartered
- cooked with 50g 1.7oz sugar and 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
To fill & decorate
- 400 ml | 14fl oz cold double cream
- 200 g | 7oz icing powdered sugar
- Seeds from 1 vanilla pod
- 1 tbsp elderflower cordial
- 300 g | 10.5 oz fresh strawberries to fill and decorate
- Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Grease and flour 3 x 20 cm cake tins.
- Put the hulled and quartered strawberries in a small saucepan with the sugar, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp water. Bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
- Drain any liquid and reserve. Blitz the cooked strawberries in a food processor or mini chopper until you have a smooth purée.
- Put all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, ground almonds, baking powder, soda & salt) in the bowl of your stand mixer. Mix together using the paddle attachment on low speed.
- Add the cubed butter and mix on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well with each addition. You may need to stop the mixer and scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl a couple of times.
- Mix the buttermilk with 100g (3.5oz) of strawberry purée.
- Add buttermilk/strawberry mixture and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl. Mix on low then high speed for a couple of minutes.
- Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to make sure the batter is completely smooth and divide it equally into the prepared tins.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.The cakes are ready when springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack and then gently tap the cakes out of the tins. Make sure they are completely cool before frosting. Cakes can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept, wrapped, at room temperature.
- <b>To fill and decorate</b>
- Put the icing sugar, vanilla, elderflower cordial and double cream in your stand mixer and whisk at high speed until you have firm peaks. Transfer the cream into a large bag fitted with a large round tip.
- Brush the reserved strawberry liquid over the tops of the cakes.
- Pipe a wide ring of whipped cream all around the edge of the bottom cake layer and a large dot in the middle.
- Fill the space between the whipped cream with chopped strawberries. Repeat on second layer and top with the third.
- Pipe some cream on top of the cake then smooth it down to create a flat surface. Push any excess cream down the sides of the cake.
- Smooth the cream along the sides of the cake using a plain edge side scraper. You want to create a crumb coating but still be able to see the sponge underneath. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Decorate the top of the cake with whole strawberries (cut the top off so they lie down flat) and some edible flowers if you can find them.
- Best eaten on day of decorating although it can be kept in the fridge for one day.
I guess you are doing something wrong then. I have baked this cake two times now and can’t find anything wrong…
I made this cake for my daughters birthday two times..we love it. It bakes beauitifully but the center collapses.. What am I doing wrong? I want to make it again.
Lucy Parissi says
Is the batter too wet? It should not collapse so I am wondering whether your oven temp is slightly off and it needs to be baked for longer. The only reason I can think of for that to happen is if the strawberry puree is not mixed in well.
Jean Vazquez says
Thanks Lucy, I t’s my daughters birthday again and I am making it in a couple of days.. I will follow your tips. Its her favorite cake.
Lucy Parissi says
Oh how wonderful! Send me a photo on Instagram if you can would love to see it. And happy birthday!
Sally - My Custard Pie says
Thank you so much for entering Simple and in Season. Utterly gorgeous pics which sing 'summer'. The round up is now published.
Helen at Casa Costello says
Oh wow! This looks incredible – So neat and tidy. You must have been praying for such a good bake. What a perfect way to celebrate a new arrival to the neighbourhood. Thanks again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek – Great to have you on board x
One of the most gorgeous cakes I've seen!!! <3 It's so beautiful and looks really delicious. The pictures are to die for! *sigh*
Honest Mum says
This might just be the most beautiful cake in the world! Swoon! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays
Julie's Family Kitchen says
Wow, your cake is simply stunning. Love your pictures too.
What a lovely cake! Never thought of adding fruit purée to the batter of naked cake. Stunning pics!
Sara Murray says
Fabulous, stunning cake, it looks (and sounds) delicious! #TastyTuesdays
Gailann Houston says
anna @ annamayeveryday says
That looks so beautiful, fresh and summery, just a perfect way to use strawberries.
Abigail Cullen says
This cake looks fantastic!
Emine Hassan says
Such a beautiful masterpiece, often, the simplest of ingredients are bloody amazing, and thats deffo the case here. So so beautiful!
Lucy Parissi says
Thanks Em – a case of a beautiful day, a lovely occasion and a photogenic fruit all coming together! The lovely garden (not mine I hasten to add – my neighbour's) helped.
Julia@ Vikalinka says
Lucy, I am can't even begin to tell you how stunning this cake is! If I could only eat it off my screen I would! Absolutely gorgeous.
Lucy Parissi says
Thanks Julia. Hope we can have a day to shoot something to together – maybe with Em below as well.
Ciara (My Fussy Eater) says
Wow this is stunning. And the elderflower cordial in the icing sounds delicious.
Librarian Lavender says
What a beautiful cake! It's so gorgeous I can't stop admiring it!
What lucky neighbours- I think naked cakes show off the glorious sweet juicy fruits in all their summer glory, another gorgeous creation Lucy!
Lucy Parissi says
Naked cakes for the win! I love how simple, rustic and vintagey they look with minimum effort! And celebrating strawberries at the their season best is what made this cake really special.