Monday, September 28, 2009

Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Cream Frosting

2-8oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
3/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream

3 cups cake flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 cups sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
7 large eggs
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
6 Tbsp plus 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam
2 1/4 obs strawberries, hulled, sliced (about 6 cups)


Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl. beat in sugar, then jam. Beat cream in medium bowl until peaks form. fold whipped cream into frosting. Cover; chill until firm enough to spread.


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour two 9 inch cake pans with 2 inch high sides. Sift flour, salk, baking poder, and baking soda into medium bowl. using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until fluffy. Add Eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add sour cream; beat 30 seconds. Add flour mexture in 3 additions, beating to blend after each addition. Dvide batter between prepared pans.

Bake cakes until tester inserted to center comes out clean, about 50 minures. Coll in pans on rack 10 minutes. Run small sharp knife around pan sides, then turn out cakes onto racks and cool completely.

Using large serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally in half. Place 1 cake half, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread 2 Tbsp strawberry jam over, then 3/4 cup frosting. Top with 3/4 cup sliced berries, arranging in single layer. Repeat 2 more timeswith cake layer, jam, frosting, and berries. Top with remaining cake layer, cut side down. Spread 2 cups frosting over top and sides of cake in thin layer to coat completely. Stir remaining 1/3 cup jam to lossen. Spoon teaspoonfuls onto top and sides of cake, then use back of spoon to swirl james decoratively into frosting. Refrigerate.

(Also may substitute peaches and peach preserves for strawberries!)

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