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Torta Fragole or Strawberry Cake

Torta fragole is a strawberry cake which I prepared for my birthday.  I won’t be writing a lot about this birthday cake as the basics are the same in most of my cakes.

I have made a Sponge Cake and then some Creme Patisserie and some Whipping Cream. Finally I have made a Strawberry Sauce and put the cake together as follows:


  • Basic Sponge Cake:  I did the same sponge cake and split the sponge by using a long sharp knife.
  • 1 kilo strawberries
    savoyard (lady finger) biscuits
  • Basic Whipped Cream:  (I made much more than usual).
  • Basic Creme Patisserie:  I made 1/3 of the recipe.
  • Strawberry Sauce:  I made double the recipe but instead of brandy I added a shot of gooseberry liqueur. However, this is just for extra flavour. You can add strawberry liqueur, raspberry, blackberry or just brandy. If you don’t want to add any liqueur just add 1 spoonful of lemon juice.


  1. Prepare sponge cake from the previous day.
  2. Wash and select strawberries you will need for decoration (about 25) and set aside. With the remaining follow the directions and make the sauce.
  3. When the sauce starts to boil for a few minutes, cut the sponge cake with a long and sharp knife and split it into two pieces. Place in a platter and wet it with the strawberry syrup. Place syrup back on heat and boil until sauce thickens. Set aside and let it cool down.
  4. Meanwhile prepare pastry cream and add a few spoonfuls of strawberries from the sauce. Just add the pieces of strawberries and not the sauce itself. Stir and set aside to cool down but keep stirring from time to time.
  5. Prepare the whipping cream. I used 750 ml of whipping cream with a spoonful of sugar powder and 1 vanilla, I did not want the cream to be sweet. When the whipping cream is ready remove 3/4 in a bowl. Add another spoonful of sugar powder and mix. Place in the refrigerator to be used later on. In the remaining whipping cream, add a few spoonfuls of strawberries (just the strawberries, not the juice) and mix well but make sure that the sauce is completely cold. When the pastry cream is cold mix in the whipping cream and add this as a first layer on the sponge cake. Before doing so place the ring of the spring form on top of the sponge cake. Add the cream. Cover with the second sponge cake and refrigerate for a few hours.
  6. When ready to decorate, remove the ring of the spring form and decorate with the whipping cream, the fresh strawberries and strawberry syrup. I also decorated it with the Savoyard biscuits, which I halved and placed half a strawberry between the biscuits.



Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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15 Responses

  1. Peter M

    Hvi, save a piece for me, i’ll be there in 9 hours!

  2. Ivy

    If you come in 9 hours I promise to have a Pavlova for you.

  3. Elly

    oh yum! this looks so delicious. i LOVE strawberry cakes. mmm

  4. Ivy

    Thank you so much Elly for passing by again.

  5. Bellini Valli

    I am making a cake today Ivy with strawberries. I will think of you and your strawberry cake when I have a piece. Happy birthday once again “sis”!!!!!

  6. Ivy

    Thanks a lot Val. You can send over at Mike’s event then.

  7. Rosie

    Oh Ivy what a stunning cake!!

    Rosie x

  8. Ivy

    Thanks Rosie. Nice to have you back.

  9. Cakelaw

    Ivy, what a ripper of a cake! Yummo.

  10. Passionate baker...& beyond

    SORRY IVY…MISSED YOUR BIRTHDAY.HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY MY DEAR. Guess I’ll have to get to Mike’s Table for a slice! The kids have been on a LONG Easter break…& have had friends over every single day! Hope you had a GREAT day! Lol

  11. Ivy

    Cakelaw and Deeba, thank you very much.

  12. Núria

    Gosh! You are a cake’s artist!!! This looks soo good, Ivy!
    Do you also ask for a wish when you blow the candles in your birthday?

  13. Ivy

    My kids put those candles which automatically light up again after blowing them and I was anxious not to ruin the cake that I forgot.

  14. JK

    As I am not familiar with vanillas— what is a good substitute for it or where can I purchase vanillas??

  15. Ivy

    You can purchase vanilla in all the supermarkets.