Sunday, August 18, 2013

Chinese Strawberry Cake

I made this Chinese Strawberry Cake for my dad's birthday last month.  Chinese desserts are not overly sweet and the typical Chinese style cakes are fruit filled.   This strawberry cake was perfect for my dad.  It was a hit with my entire family.  I love how light and airy the cake was and the whipped cream isn't as heavy as typical frosting.  This is a great summertime cake too!  I'll admit that this was a more time consuming cake to make but its worth it.  I will definitely be making this cake again.  Enjoy!

Chinese Strawberry Cake

Ingredients for Cake
1 cup cake flour
6 eggs, separated
2/3 cup sugar, divided
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Ingredients for Whipped Cream
3 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup sugar
4 cups strawberries, sliced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.

In a large bowl, beat the 6 egg yolks with 1/3 cup sugar, salt and vanilla until mixture is pale yellow in color.

Add water and vegetable oil to the egg yolk mixture.  Continue to beat together.

Next, sift the cake flour and baking powder into the egg yolk mixture.  Stir until combined.

In a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, whisk together the egg whites, cream of tartar and 1/3 cup sugar.   Beat until egg whites are stiff peaks.

Slowly, fold in half of the egg white mixture into the egg yolk batter.  Fold in remaining egg whites and do not over mix.

Pour batter evenly into 2 ungreased 8” or 9” round cake pans.  

Bake for 40 minutes.  

Allow cakes to cool by inverting onto a cooling rack.  This allows the cake to cool upside down and will prevent the cake from collapsing.

While cake is baking, you can make the whipped cream.

In a stand mixer with whisk attachment or in a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.  Slowly add in sugar.  This could take about 10 minutes.  

After cakes are cooled, spread whipped cream on one cake.  Place sliced strawberries in a single layer on top of the whipped cream. 

Place second cake layer on top of strawberries.  Use the remaining whipped cream to frost the top and sides.  Decorate with any leftover strawberries.

Store in refrigerator.

Serves 8 to 10.