Strawberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

By on March 31, 2017

Strawberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Enjoy this classic Strawberry Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 cups dices fresh strawberries
  • Whole strawberries for decoration as desired
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup strawberry puree (Fresh or 1 cup thawed frozen strawberry & 1-2 tbsp water in blender)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Pink food coloring

*Room temperature ingredients are ESSENTIAL for this recipe.

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare three 8-in round cake pans.
  2. Whip four eggs whites in mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp at a time, whipping to maintain soft peaks. Pour whites into large bowl (This was about 5 cups in volume after whipped) and set aside.
  3. Without fully cleaning the mixer bowl, cream room temperature butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extract. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition.
  4. Sift together 3 cups flour, baking powder, & salt. Alternatively add flour mixture and 1/3 strawberry puree to batter until fully combined. (Flour, 1/3 cup puree, flour, 1/2 cup puree, flour). Add food coloring to achieve desired color. Batter will be thick. You should have 1/3 cup puree LEFT OVER. (This will be brushed on cake later)
  5. Fold in egg whites.
  6. Coat diced strawberries in 2 tbsp flour and gently add to batter. Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If using two 8-in cake pans, bake for 45-50 minutes.
  7. Remove cakes from oven and use a pastry brush to spread remaining strawberry puree over warm cakes. Cool until ready to assemble cakes.

TIP: If you want to use all of your strawberry puree IN the cake, feel free to brush cakes with a simple syrup after they have baked. This is a dense cake, so it does need the additional moisture added.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • Shredded coconut

Preparation

  1. Beat cream cheese and butter together.
  2. Add in powdered sugar one cup at a time and beat until creamy.
  3. Add the vanilla or coconut extract and heavy cream and beat until smooth.
  4. Frost cake and cover with shredded coconut.

TIP: Turn mixer on high and let it go for 4 minutes to get some air into the frosting.