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Is it just us, or does nothing quite compare to the combination of sweet, ripe summer strawberries and fluffy clouds of whipped cream? From the simple strawberry and cream bowls for the kids, to the strawberry shortcakes at summer picnics, and the fresas con crema paletas we buy at the local ice cream cart, it’s the flavor of summer. So when we saw that Ina Garten had masterfully turned this duo into a beautifully rustic cake that feeds a crowd, we knew we had to give it a try.
Garten, who has a new cookbook coming out this year,
shared the recipe for her Strawberry country cake after posting about it on instagram. “It’s strawberry season here, which is when I love making my Strawberry Country Cake with fresh berries and lots of whipped cream,” the star shared. “Who wouldn’t love that?”
Who indeed? The good news is that the cake is really easy to make, so if it sounds good to you, you should definitely give it a try. The cake itself is rich and moist from the addition of sour cream, and it’s bursting with summery flavor from the inclusion of lemon zest, orange zest and vanilla extract in the batter. And yes, you should use the right vanilla for this recipe and whipped cream – Garten likes Nielsen-Massey.
Then, instead of using buttercream or frosting like you would with your regular layer cakes, you’ll make fluffy, vanilla-flavored whipped cream to sandwich between the two cake towers. Add a full pint of strawberries to the mix and you have a fresh, nostalgic dessert sure to please anyone with a taste for summer.
Before you go, check out Garten’s best dinner recipes below:
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