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Reader Recipe: Swedish Strawberry Cake

Sometimes I think I should have been a math major. Although, on second thought, it doesn't really take a math whiz to understand that:

Strawberry Filling + Vanilla Custard + Spongecake = DROOOOOOOOOOOL-icious

The recipe for this lovely Swedish Strawberry Cake was provided by TeamSugar member Twinkle. Filled with layers of vanilla custard and delightful berries, this cake will have your friends and family singing your praises. The recipe comes from Swedish celebrity chef Tina Nordström - whose show I actually saw for the first time today on PBS - and it is absolutely droolworthy. I don't know about the rest of you, but I have some math homework to attend to right now... To check out the recipe (thanks Twinkle!),

Recipe submitted by TeamSugar member Twinkle

I make this cake once or twice during strawberry season and it's always a big hit. It's another Tina Nordström recipe that I've tweaked a bit. For instance, I omitted the rum and added a pinch of salt to the custard. I also cheated and used a store bought sponge cake this time. Home made is so much better.

Here's what you need:

1 10-inch (30 cm) sponge cake

Strawberry Filling
4 pints (2 l) fresh strawberries
a couple of spoonfuls of sugar to sprinkle over the top

Vanilla Custard
2 cups (5 dl) milk
5 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, cut in two lengthwise
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/3 cup (3/4 dl) sugar
1/2 cup dark rum


2 cups (5 dl) heavy cream (for decoration)

This is how you do it

Carefully cut the spongecake into three horizontal layers. Brush the rum onto the top of each layer.

Save half of the strawberries for decoration. Slice the rest of the strawberries and place in a bowl. Mix in the sugar and let it rest until the sugar has dissolved. It should become a little syrupy.

Vanilla Custard
Bring the milk, with the vanilla bean added, to a simmer. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and corn starch. Add 1 tablespoon of water if the mixture becomes too thick. Remove the vanilla bean and then pour the milk over the egg mixture and whisk briskly. Pour the mixture back into the pot. Gently reheat the mixture and continue whisking until it becomes thick and creamy. Pour the cream through a sieve and let cool. Whip 2/3 cup of the heavy cream and fold it in the custard.

Spread half of the vanilla custard and then half of the strawberry filling on the bottom layer of the sponge cake. Place the second layer on top of this and press gently. Repeat the above process before placing the last layer of sponge cake on top.

Tip! If you have extra time on your hands, you may cover the cake in plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours before decorating. This will give the flavours time to settle a bit and will make a great cake even better! True story!

For serving
Whip the remaining cream. Use a pastry bag with a spout to decorate, working it in an upward movement all around the cake. To crown the work add the remaining strawberries on top.

Look at all that custardy goodness :drool:

Strawberry, custard and cake sammich

My piping skills are seriously lacking so I just slapped on the whipped cream. Looks messy but tastes just as good.

Join The Conversation
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I wouldn't worry about it getting soggy. It really isn't that much rum. The cake is supposed to get better the longer you leave it wrapped in the fridge. Just decorate as close to serving as possible. I decorated my first one too early and the whipped cream ran down the cake. :(
racewalker racewalker 9 years
Twinkle, Since I am wrapping the cake up overnight should I be worried that brushing the rum over the layers first might make the cake too soggy? Or Should I brush the rum over the top layer just before frosting? Thanks, Racewalker
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
I'm so glad the cake was a hit, racewalker. The rum should be brushed onto the cake layers before adding the custard and strawberries. Sorry, I left that step out. :oops: As for sponge cake recipes, I am looking for a good and easy one myself. If I have any success, I will be sure to let you know.
racewalker racewalker 9 years
I made this cake using a sponge cake recipe I found on the internet. I wrapped it and let it sit overnight like suggested.It was wonderful. A big hit. Everyone loved it. Even someone who really does not like desserts took the left over pieces home and finished them off. Thank You so much. A suggestion....for the filling cut the strawberries into kind of small pieces. For the top of the cake I cut the strawberries in half (next time I will cut them in 1/4, it will be easier to cut slices of cake) and layed them flat side, pointie end down around the top edge of the cake and filled the center with cut up pieces...the presentation is nice. Do not worry if you have no piping skills. You can either use a wide piping tip, start up from the bottom of the cake to the top edge and frost the top. If it does not look right then either frost the top of the cake first and then the sides or pipe the sides, frost the top and the take an off set spatula and kind of smoothe the icing out. No matter what you do it tastes wonderful and whipped cream covers a multitude of sins. I do have a couple of questions. 1. Where do you incorporate the rum? 2. Is there a sponge cake recipe you suggest? Thank You for everything.
ktacce ktacce 10 years
shafiii shafiii 10 years
this looks so yummy!
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Tina Nordstrom is awesome!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 10 years
Oh I bet blueberries would be good, roseate. Thanks for the spotlight Yum!
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
looks heavenly!
omgosh-dee omgosh-dee 10 years
that looks sooooo good
roseate roseate 10 years
yummy! this would probably be equally good with blueberries, rasberries, or some mix of berries.
hills hills 10 years
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Oh wow that looks delicious!
LucaBella LucaBella 10 years
This looks yummy - I am going to try this recipe!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
okay YUM!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Delicious! Thanks for finding this one, Twinkle!
llendril llendril 10 years
yes, thanks twinkle! it looks absolutely delicious
blulady blulady 10 years
Is is bad that as soon as I as the pic, my mouth started to water. No joke!!! I love love love strawberries. Thanks for posting the recipe I will definately be trying it out this weekend.
psangel psangel 10 years
That looks yummy!! I will have to make this on the weekend.
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