Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Yield
16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Garnish this strawberry layer cake with fresh strawberry halves for a pretty presentation. You can use fresh orange juice instead of Grand Marnier in the cream cheese frosting.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, place sliced strawberries in a food processor; process until smooth.

Step 3

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Place granulated sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in egg whites. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add pureed strawberries and food coloring; beat just until blended.

Step 4

Divide batter between 2 (8-inch) round cake pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Step 5

To prepare frosting, place cream cheese, 1/3 cup butter, and liqueur in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, and beat just until blended.

Step 6

Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Cut 1 whole strawberry into thin slices, cutting to, but not through, the stem end. Fan strawberry on top of cake just before serving, if desired. Cut remaining 11 strawberries in half. Garnish cake with strawberry halves, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

mscguy's Review

LeoraB
March 29, 2010
HORRIBLE!!!! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME MAKING THIS, IT IS DOUGHY AND FLAVORLESS, IF YOU LIKE CAKE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR GET A REALLY HOT CUP OF COFFEE DRINK IT SO YOUR MOUTH IS BURNED, THEN TRY THIS CAKE, THAT WAY YOU CAN NOT TASTE YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT...ps I like cake, just not this one

pecosita's Review

nicoliwoli21
May 26, 2009
This cake was horrible! I made this for my whole family for my sister's birthday and was extremely disappointed. The cake had absolutely NO strawberry flavor. My brother said it tasted like playdoh, my mom said it tasted like buttermilk pancakes. Not one person finished their slice. The entire cake went into the garbage. I reread the ingredients 3 times and my mom and aunt reviewed the recipe as well. There must be something wrong with the recipe. The cake deflated and was flat and extremely heavy/dense/pasty. It was about half the height the picture depicts.... which - - had it tasted even remotely decent - - wouldn't have been an issue. I would definitely advise anybody to avoid this altogether or do a trial run with some of the adjustments mentioned in these reviews.... It was so bad I ran out to buy another birthday cake for dessert!

reebs1313's Review

maria4590
July 01, 2012
this cake made me lose faith in humanity.

Amilla318's Review

SeattleStone
May 03, 2009
The cake did not rise at all and was extrememly dense. It had a very odd texture. There was very little flavor at all.

bmd1982's Review

JoyceKK24
September 01, 2009
I tried this as a nice surprise for the boyfriend. The frosting was super runny, so I stuck it in the fridge to help it harden. When it was finally time to try it, he bit into it and immediately spit it out!! The cake didn't rise properly and it was a heavy mess. He compared it to play-doh. We ended up only eating the decorative strawberries dipped in the frosting, the rest went in the trash. I won't try this one again :(

kebiddle's Review

bmd1982
April 17, 2009
i was really excited about making this cake but found it tastes just like flour, and only flour. i noticed it in the batter before baking it and thought i might just be crazy but same thing once it baked. couldn't even taste the strawberries in it.

crosscourt's Review

LimeSherbet
April 30, 2009
The cake looked great when it was done but it was very dense and pasty. I seldom throw food out but I threw this out. It was a waste of food and time.

RAE252's Review

Katiekat
May 11, 2009
Me and my daughters made this cake for Mother's Day!!! The cake had no taste bland, dense and tastless. Would not make it again.

stckhndlr's Review

Ladybtall
April 30, 2013
I normally always read reviews on recipes before I use them. However this time I was limited on certain ingredients and had to search for a recipe that I could make with what I had. I found this recipe and gave it a try. Big Mistake!!! Along with the other 1 stars I agree, this cake is terrible. Dense, bland, tasted like dough. I spit it out without even chewing. Whole cake got dumped in the trash.

mommy05's Review

crosscourt
June 08, 2009
Made the cake TWICE because I thought I did something wrong, but it was terrible BOTH times. What a waste of ingredients. The cake did not rise and was very heavy. There was no strawberry flavor--really just taked like flour. Both ended up in the garbage. Please tell me there is something wrong with the recipe!