Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is easy and it looks rustic and lovely. A terrific summer dessert. From Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa's Parties

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Butter and flour 2 8-inch cake pans.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar on high speed until fluffy.
  4. On medium speed add the eggs one at a time, then sour cream, zests and vanilla.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Sift together the remaining dry ingredients.
  7. Add the dry mixture to the mix slowly on low speed.
  8. Mix until smooth.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Reserve one cake for later.
  12. To make the filling for one cake, whip the cream until firm.
  13. Add the sugar and vanilla.
  14. Slice the cake in half to make two rounds.
  15. Place the bottom half on the platter and spread half of the whipped cream on top and cover with most of the strawberries.
  16. Place the second half on top, and repeat with the cream and decorate with the rest of the strawberries.
Most Helpful

This was easy to make and it made a very nice presentation. It's almost like a strawberry shortcake, a little sweeter. A friend was getting married and asked us to bring a pot-luch dish for the party afterwards. I went ahead and made both cakes and they were the first thing gone from the table. I managed to get a very small piece! Guess I'll have to make another one for home!!

MizzNezz August 19, 2003

I made a few substitutions and made this cake for a boy's FIRST birthday party today. I used margarine as a substitute for the unsalted butter and low-fat plain yoghurt as a substitute for the sour cream. I substituted the lemon zest with pineapple essence(personal preference of the family for whom I was baking this cake) and orange essence instead of orange zest. This cake came out grand and tasted wonderful! Everyone was very impressed with the beautiful red strawberries laid out on the whipped cream. Since they wanted the cream to set, they froze this cake overnight and cut it the next day. They said a hearty THANK YOU for the cake:) Thanks from all of us!

Charishma_Ramchandani August 23, 2003

I made this for my son's 27th birthday. In our family, the guest of honor gets to pick the birthday dessert. Matthew requested strawberry shortcake so I was looking for something that would still look like a birthday cake. This was delicious - everyone loved it. I used whipped cream and fresh berries - very simple to put together and it looked wonderful. I think this one will show up at more than one party this year. Excellent recipe for a group - moist, homey, and lovely taste. Love, love, love it!

Breton girl May 19, 2013