Two things are happening this week. One, my baby girl is turning five. Five. How did that happen? I know everyone says it, but it honestly feels like just yesterday that I brought her home. That little girl made me a mommy and has brought such joy to my life that I tear up just thinking about it. Love her to the moon and back.
Second, our town is hosting the annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival this weekend. Strawberries and peaches are pretty big in our neck of the woods, and this event is definitely the place to be. If you live in the Charlotte area and haven’t been before, you should check it out.
So what better way to celebrate the end of the toddler era and the kickoff of the strawberry season than with this Strawberries & Cream Dream Cake? It’s delicious. The cream is not too sweet, which really lets the strawberries shine. Plus it just looks so pretty. Enjoy!
Strawberries & Cream Dream Cake
3 cups cake flour
2 TSP baking powder
1/2 TSP salt
2/3 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 eggs2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 TBSP vanilla
Cream / Frosting
1 cup sugar
1 8 oz package of cream cheese
2 TSP vanilla
3 cups whipping cream
2 cups of thinly sliced strawberries
10-12 pretty, unblemished medium-sized strawberries
1 cup of candy melts / melting wafers
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In stand mixer (or large bowl), cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs (one at a time), mixing to incorporate. Add sour cream and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt). Add 1/2 of flour mixture, then add milk, then add the remainder of the flour mixture.
Pour into a 9 or 10″ round baking pan. (I’ll usually put it all into a single pan and then cut my layers, but you could also do two separate round baking pans to avoid having to cut the cake). If in a single pan, bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean. If using two pans, cook for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool cake and cut layers (I cut mine into three using a long serrated knife).
Follow up with 1 cup of the sliced strawberries.
The birthday girl / helper: