Strawberries and Cream Cake

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This light and fluffy vanilla sponge cake is filled with layers of homemade vanilla pastry cream. My favorite way to serve cream cake is topped with a light whipped cream frosting. Everything about this cakes is perfect with fresh berries and sliced bananas.

Fresh Strawberries and Cream Cake with whipped cream frosting
It tastes even better than it looks!

Why you’re going to love this cake

It may feel a bit like a strawberry shortcake. It is! I would argue that it is a strawberry shortcake done one better.

Imagine a moist white cake or sponge cake with vanilla pastry cream filling, topped with whipped cream and strawberries! It’s delicious.

Vanilla sponge cake with pastry cream and fresh strawberries

How do you make a traditional Swedish Strawberry Cake?

When you break it down, this Swedish Cake is made up of layers of white or a traditional sponge cake.

Between each layer is a healthy slather of vanilla or almond pastry cream and bananas or berries.

The whole cake is then topped with whipped cream (as icing) and more berries. Traditionally, cut strawberry halves are used to cover the entire top of the cake.

For my version, I made a white cake, filled it vanilla pastry cream and mashed bananas, topped it with whipped cream, and decorated it with berries.

vanilla sponge cake with layers of pastry cream

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Vanilla sponge cake with pastry cream and fresh strawberries

Strawberries and Cream Cake

by: Laura Reigel
This cake is a bit like strawberry shortcake. Imagine a moist white cake with vanilla-banana pastry cream filling, topped with whipped cream and strawberries!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling & Assembly 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 10 slices
Calories 746 kcal


  • 9- inch cake pans
  • parchment rounds


Classic White Layer Cake

  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 6 egg whites, room temperature (Save the yolks for the pastry cream.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ⅓ cups cake flour
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter, softened, cut into 12 pieces

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • 5 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 vanilla bean

Cake Assembly

  • 3 cups whipped cream, whipped to stiff peaks
  • 1 batch vanilla pastry cream
  • 2 pints strawberries, halved or sliced, as desired
  • 2 bananas, (optional) sliced slighlty mashed if desired


Classic White Layer Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Grease two 9-inch round cake pans. (I used three 8-inch rounds.) Line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the milk, egg whites, and vanilla. Set aside.
    1 cup whole milk, 6 egg whites, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt on low speed until combined. Add the butter, 1 piece at a time, and mix until only pea-sized pieces remain.
    2 ⅓ cups cake flour, 1 ¾ cups sugar, 4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp sea salt, 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • Add all but 1/2 cup of the milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium-low and add the remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture. Beat until incorporated. Give it a final stir by hand.
  • Divide the batter evenly between prepared pans. Smooth tops with a spatula and gently tap the pans on the counter to settle the batter.
  • Bake 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or a probe thermometer reads 200℉
  • Let the cakes cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10  minutes. Remove the cakes from the pans, remove the parchment and, let them cool completely on a rack.

Vanilla Pastry Cream

  • Mix the egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the eggs are fluffy and light in color.
    5 large egg yolks, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • Pour the milk and cream into a saucepan. Add the vanilla bean. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Remove the mixture from the heat and remove the vanilla bean.
    1 cup whole milk, 1 cup heavy cream, 1 vanilla bean
  • Add a ladle of the heated milk mixture to the whipped eggs. Quickly whisk the eggs so the hot milk doesn't cook the eggs.
  • Pour the tempered eggs into the saucepan with the milk. Whisk until the mixture is combined.
  • Place the saucepan on the heat again, and gently heat the mixture while continually whisking until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and continue to stir for another 2 minutes.  
  • Transfer the pastry cream into a bowl. Let cool at room temperature. Once at room temperature, cover with plastic wrap (make sure the plastic wrap is pressed into the surface of the pastry cream. Refrigerate. 

Assemble The Cake

  • Stack the cake layers. Add a thick slather of pastry cream and fruit between each layer. 
  • Cover the entire cake with whipped cream, using it like icing.
  • Decorate the cake with whipped cream with berries. [The traditional approach is to cover the top with halved strawberries.]
    3 cups whipped cream, 2 bananas, 1 batch vanilla pastry cream, 2 pints strawberries

Laura’s Tips + Notes

Other berries, berry jam and/or sliced pears may be added between the cake layers if desired.
Keyword cake, pastry cream, strawberries

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