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A Strawberry Cake for Elia

16 years ago this day was a very special day for my husband and I as our daughter Elia was born. I had already two sons a 9 1/2 year old and a 7 year old. When we found out that it would be a girl we were thrilled. During the early months of my pregnancy I had some problems and the doctor told me that I should stay in bed until the baby was born. Anyway everything went well and she has brought so much happiness into our lives.
She loves both chocolate and strawberries so this is a special cake for her.
Happy birthday sweet sixteen.

Strawberry Cake

Sponge Cake


  • 1 dose sponge cake (see recipe here)
  • 2 heavy creams (500 ml) 35%
  • white couverture chocolate
  • chocolate chips
  • dark chocolate
  • 200 grams of fresh Strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon brandy
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • lemon juice
  • icing sugar
  • chocolate syrup


  1. Prepare the sponge cake and set aside until it cools.
  2. Whip cream in mixer until stiff. When cream is ready place 1/3 of cream separately and mix with 2/3 cold strawberry syrup.(Place in refrigerator)
    In the other 1/3 whipping cream melt some dark chocolate in baine marie and keep stirring until it has cooled down. Mix chocolate with whipping cream. (Place in refrigerator)
    The other 1/3 add a vanilla and a spoonful of icing sugar and mix. (Place in refrigerator).
  3. When the sponge cake has cooled down, cut it into three pieces.
  4. In the strawberry syrup we have reserved, mix a spoonful of brandy and wet the sponge cake. Add whipping cream with chocolate as a first layer, then add sponge cake, add strawberry whipping cream. Place the third sponge cake on top and spread some chocolate syrup on top. With the white whipping cream cover the outer part of the cake and decorate on top.Add whole strawberries and finally in a separate bain marrie melt the white chocolate couverture and with a spoon draw some horizontal lines.
  5. Decorate the outer part with chocolate couverture chips and cigar shaped biscuits, cut in half. Add a few on the top.

You can find my Greek recipes in my cookbooks «More Than A Greek Salad», and«Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!» both available on all Amazon stores. Read more here.


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19 Responses

  1. Cakelaw

    What a great cake Ivy. And happy birthday to Elia!

  2. Peter M

    Happy Birthday to Elia, na sou zisei!

  3. Bellini Valli

    Happy birthday Elia:D Your mom has made your a beautiful cake:D Enjoy your day with family and friends:D

  4. Ben

    Happy Birthday Elia!

    And good luck in the challenge, Ivy 😀

  5. Ivy

    Hi, Everyone and thanks for your wishes.
    By the way i have been facing problems with the photos I upload to the blog. Some of our friends tell me that they cannot see the photos although I can see them. I have removed them and uploaded them again but in case there is still a problem please let me know so that I’ll try and find another solution.

  6. Peter G

    Happy b’day to Elia. Great looking cake Ivy. ( I can see the photos now)

  7. Ivy

    Thanks Peter, I am relieved now.

  8. Fearless Kitchen

    This looks fabulous. Happy birthday to Elia – I know she’ll enjoy the cake.

  9. 'Chef'

    Ella is a lucky girl, to have a Mamma that takes the time to make her such a special cake! Please tell her that I wish her a very happy birthday!

  10. Ivy

    Thanks everybody for your wishes. I have conveyed them to Elia and she thanks you as well.

  11. Pixie

    Ivy, I’m in love with this cake! yum yum yum! Happy bday to your daughter!

  12. Ivy

    Thanks Pixie.

  13. Mansi Desai

    This looks beautiful Ivy! great cake for a great b’day:)

    btw, I hope you can participate in my WBB-Balanced Breakfast event this month:)

  14. Ivy

    Thanks Mansi. Shall check it out and see what I can do.

  15. Passionate baker...& beyond

    Happy belated birthday to you sweet daughter Ivy. What a beautiful cake you’ve made. She mjst have LOVED it! BTW, I have the same glass platters…yay!! Tried to make something for Ben’s, but hink I missed the boat! :0(

  16. Ivy

    Thanks Deeba, I have also noticed that a long time ago hehehehe 🙂

  17. n33ma

    Hey Ivy,

    Beautiful cake.I hope your daughter has a wonderful year.

  18. Ivy

    Thanks Neema for your wishes.

  19. Sheila

    This looks beautiful Ivy! great cake for a great b’day:)