Midsummer is an important holiday in Sweden. It’s a celebration of summer and light, two things that there are never enough of. And Midsummer wouldn’t be Midsummer without strawberries. This year the Midsummer Eve arrived with rain and I decided to better stay inside and celebrate with a first attempt to make the traditional Swedish Midsummer strawberry cake.
2 dl granulated sugar
1 dl wheat flour
1 dl potato flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
2 dl vanilla whipping cream (I used a ready-made vanilla whipping cream that can be found in Swedish shops, in case it’s not available elsewhere, you can just add a tsp of vanilla extract)
500 g strawberries
2.5 dl whipping cream
3 tsp powdered sugar
3.5 dl whipped cream
200 g strawberries
1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
2. Butter and flour a springform pan with 26cm diameter.
3. Mix eggs with sugar using an electric whisk until they are well combined.
4. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients – wheat flour, potato flour and baking powder.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the egg-sugar mixture and use the electric whisk to beat the ingredients together, but don’t whisk more than necessary.
6. Pour the mixture into the springform pan and bake at 175°C for about 30 minutes.
7. When the cake is golden and a skewer inserted comes out clean, the cake is ready. Let it cool down completely.
8. While waiting, clean the strawberries and cut off the stems. You can either slice the strawberries into thin pieces or mash with a fork.
9. Whisk a) the whipping cream with powdered sugar and b) the vanilla whipping cream with the electric whisk. Make sure to whisk a well-chilled cream and not overdo the whipping because otherwise it might not come out or turn into butter.
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10. When the cake has cooled down, cut it into three layers.
11. Spread the vanilla whipped cream on the bottom cake layer. Cover with the middle cake layer.
12. Spread the mashed strawberries and a generous layer of whipped cream. Cover with the top cake layer.
13. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the rest of the whipped cream until it looks like a pile of snow.
14. Decorate with whole or sliced strawberries.
15. Enjoy! :)
Do you have any other good recipes containing strawberries? What is your favourite summer cake?