Strawberry cream cake

This cake is the picture of summer if you place a freshly opened rose on its sugary top.

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The perfect bake for June birthdays - best eaten on the day it’s baked as it contains no fat.

Recipe adapted from the National Trust book of baking 

• Preheat the oven to fan 170°C. Lightly oil two 18cm cake tins. Line the base of each with baking parchment and lightly oil. Dust the sides of each tin with caster sugar and then with flour.
• Sift the flour and salt together and set aside. Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl. If you have an electric whisk, beat until the mixture is pale and thick and leaves a trail when you lift the whisk. If you’re whisking by hand, place the bowl over a pan of just-boiled water (off the heat); whisk until it is pale and thick, then remove from the pan and continue to whisk until cool.
• Tip the flour over the surface of the whisked egg mixture and, using a flat metal spoon, gently fold the flour into the mixture. Divide between the two tins and bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Test by lightly pressing the cake with your fingertip:  it will spring back if cooked.
• Leave the cakes in their tins on a wire rack for 5 minutes.  Turn out the cakes and peel off the baking paper. Dust the top  of one cake (baked-side up) with caster sugar. Leave until cold.
• Meanwhile, hull, halve and slice the strawberries. Toss with  the kirsch and 2 tablespoons caster sugar. 
• Once the cakes are cold, whip the cream until it forms soft peaks. Fold in the strawberry mixture. Spread over the bottom sponge, leaving a clear edge for the cream to squeeze into when you add the top. Gently squash on the sugared top and add a further dusting of caster sugar.


85g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting 

85g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting 

pinch of salt 

3 medium eggs


310g strawberries 

1 tbsp kirsch 

2 tbsp caster sugar 

225ml double cream

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