White Cake With Strawberries and Mascarpone Frosting

1 6 inch cake
2 hr

This white cake with strawberries and mascarpone frosting is THE cake of the summer. It's light & fluffy with the classic strawberries and cream flavor. I scaled my go-to fluffy white cake recipe down to make a cute little two layer 6 inch cake that's perfect for a small group. This might be the easiest layer cake you could ever make - in less than an hour, you can make the cake layers; for the filling, all you need to do is slice up some fresh strawberries; and for the frosting, all you need are 3 ingredients and less than a minute to whip it up (literally). This cake would be perfect for a bbq party, Fourth of July, or just about any sunny summer afternoon!

White Cake With Strawberries and Mascarpone Frosting

Recipe details

  • 1  6 inch cake
  • Prep time: 90 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 2 hr
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Ingredients

For the White Cake:

  • 180g (1 1/2 cups plus 1 tbsp) cake flour
  • 168g (3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 76g (1/2 stick plus 1 tbsp) unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 64g (2 1/4 oz) neutral oil
  • 113g (4 oz) whole milk
  • 113g (1/2 cup) yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 egg whites (whipped)

For the Mascarpone Frosting:

  • 360g (1 1/2 cups) heavy cream (cold)
  • 340g (1 1/2 cups) mascarpone (cold)
  • 150g (3/4 cup) granulated sugar

For Decorating:

  • 8oz fresh strawberries
  • raw cane sugar

Instructions

For the White Cake:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees F). Grease and line two 6 inch cake pans with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut up the butter into small cubes and add to the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until it resembles wet sand.
Add the oil, milk, yogurt, and vanilla, and mix until just combined.
In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. Gently fold it into the batter with a rubber spatula until just combined.
Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake for 26-28 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.

For the Mascarpone Frosting:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, mascarpone, and sugar.
Whisk on low speed until combined, then turn up to medium high speed until thick (only about 30 seconds).

For Assembly:

Spread a thin layer of frosting on the first cake layer, then pipe a wall of frosting around the edge.
Add 1-2 layers of sliced strawberries.
Pipe another wall of frosting around the edge and add another layer of strawberries.
Top with the second cake layer and spread a thin layer of frosting all around for the crumb coat. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
Take the cake out of the fridge and decorate as desired. To achieve the same petal top design as in the photos, place the remaining frosting in a piping bag fitted with a medium round piping tip (I used Ateco 807). Start at the edge and layer them as you move inward. Add a halved strawberry in the center and sprinkle with raw cane sugar.

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