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Wild strawberries cake


SUNDAY’S KITCHEN celebrates Domenica’s birthday with this simple and delicious cake. A delicate Pan di Spagna (sponge cake) filled with crema pasticcera (pastry cream) and wild strawberries.
Preparation time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS (one 9 x 3 inch round cake pan / approx 10 – 12 servings)
Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

Pan di Spagna (sponge cake) ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (6.35 oz) sugar
  • 1 cup (5.3 oz) flour 00
  • 1/2 oz (16 g) active dry yeast (better if Pane degli Angeli)
  • pinch of fine sea salt

Crema pasticcera (pastry cream) ingredients

  • 1 pint (2 cups – 17 fl oz) fresh whole milk
  • the yolk of 3 very fresh eggs
  • 1/2 cup (3.5 oz) sugar
  • 1/3 cup (1.75 oz) flour 00
  • 1 oz (30 g) corn starch
  • 2 pieces lemon rind (about 1 inch wide – 2 inches long)

Filling ingredients

  • 2.5-lb (40 oz) fresh wild strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (about 4 fl oz) freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 1/4 cup (about 2 fl oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp Alchermes liquor or another type of liquor (optional)

First prepare the pastry cream (click to view recipe).

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

While the pastry cream is cooling down, prepare the sponge cake (click to view recipe).

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

Wash the strawberries and combine half of them with 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 2 tbsp of sugar. (Save the other half for the garnish)

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

Once the sponge cake is completely cold, cut it horizontally into 3 layers.

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

Remove the juice from strawberries and combine it with 3 tbsp of liquor (optional).

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

Place sponge cake base onto a serving dish. Pour some of the juice mixture over the cake, spread a layer of (cooled) pastry cream and top with some (seasoned) strawberries.

place the second layer of cake on top and repeat the same process.

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Place the top layer and using a rubber spatula coat the whole cake with the remaining pastry cream.

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake

Garnish the cake with remaining half of strawberries. Store cake in the fridge until serving time.

Torta fragolina / Wild strawberries cake
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