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Strawberry Cake with White Chocolate Leafs and Cream Cheese frosting

Elia's White Chocolate Leafs strawberry cake


I can’t believe that Elia is  turning 18 today!!  My little girl has grown into a beautiful woman, who will soon be going to university, she will have the right to vote, etc., etc., but she will always be our little girl.

Happy Birthday Elia!!

Today I am spoiling her (more) with her favourite food and I’ve made a special cake with white chocolate and strawberries, which she loves.  She told me that she didn’t want pastry cream in it, so I’ve made it with whipped cream inside and a cream cheese / butter / white chocolate/ whipping cream frosting outside.

White chocolate and strawberry cake

I wanted it to look really beautiful so I decorated it with chocolate leaves which I made, as well as  with strawberries inside and outside.

Inside, I made a strawberry syrup by using fresh strawberries and rum in which I added a strawberry jam (will you believe that it is the same one I made two years ago and it is still perfect!!!).

I prepared everything yesterday and this morning I just assembled the cake.

Today I had some leftover strawberries, so I made an extra amount of strawberry sauce, only this time the strawberries were cut into smaller pieces, which I served with the cake and beliveve me it was delicious and one of my best cakes.

Strawberry Cake with White Chocolate and Cream Cheese frosting

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Baking time: about 50 minutes


  • 1 dose sponge cake
  • 200 grams (7.05 oz. white chocolate) divided
  • 1 Philadelphia cream cheese (300 grams – 10.58 oz)
  • 15 strawberries for decoration

Whipping cream:

  • 500 grams (17.60 oz) heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (divided)
  • 4 tablespoons icing sugar (divided)

Strawberry sauce

  • 10 large strawberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry jam


Prepare sponge cake, preferably from previous day (See here for step by step instructions.)  I baked it in a 28 cm baking tin.

collage sponge cake

To prepare the whipping cream:

In the mixer whip the heavy cream with the half amount of sugar and vanilla until peaks form. Divide whipping cream and refrigerate half of it.

In the remaining whipped cream, add the remaining sugar and vanilla and cream cheese. Whip and refrigerate.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate.  Use half of it to prepare the leaves and when the remaining has cooled, mix it in the cream cheese mixture.  If you want to decorate the cake with a piping bag, reserve some of the mixture before adding the chocolate.

collage whipping cream

To prepare the leaves:

I used 15 bitter orange leaves but you can use leaves from any citrus tree you like.

Wash the leaves and pat dry. Lightly brush them with oil and then with kitchen paper wipe most of the oil off. Line a tray with parchment paper and place the leaves with back side facing up. With a kitchen brush, add a layer of chocolate. Repeat with a second layer. Refrigerate for a few hours before using.

When done, melt the remaining chocolate and when it begins to cool, mix it with the cream cheese mixture.

collage making chocolate leafs

To prepare the strawberry coulis:

Wash the strawberries, remove stem and cut them into slices. Place in a non stick frying pan without drying them. Add sugar and rum and mix till the sugar dissolves. Add the jam and simmer for a few minutes until the jam dissolves and the sauce becomes thick.

collage strawberry coulis

Assembling the Cake:

Divide the sponge cake and put one piece of the sponge cake in a platter and put back the cake ring of the spring. Wet both sponges with the strawberry syrup. When the strawberries cool, add the whipping cream and then the remaining strawberries. Cover with the second sponge cake.

Collage assembling cake

Add the cream cheese mixture and decorate with chocolate leaves and strawberries.

whte leafs chocolate strawberry cake

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34 Responses

  1. Congratulations on Elia turning 18 today…I’m sure she will be enjoying her cake. It looks beautiful Ivy. I love those white chocolate leaves.

  2. My heart birthday wishes to ur Daughter Ivy…Yes kids grown up very fastly even still we think they are our little ones…Awesome strawberry cake and personally i felt this beautiful cake looks so professional and beautiful…

  3. Happy birthday to Elia! What a gorgeous cake to celebrate with! The strawberries & white chocolate – what could be better!

  4. A gorgeous cake for a beautiful girl!



  5. Ann

    Happy birthday to your little girl (they will ALWAYS be our little girls, even when they are 65!). You are a sweet mama to bake such a pretty cake for her!

  6. Ivy mon amie, tu as une très jolie fille. Très bon anniversaire. Et 18 ans est une année très importante pour tout ce qu'elle peut faire par elle même.
    Nous avons les fraises en commun aujourd'hui.
    Ton gâteau est magnifique.
    A très bientôt.

  7. happy birthday,elia,goodluck and happiness!the cake is absolutely amazing,ivy,i saw in it the love for your doughter!white and red ,two colours emblematic for a wonderful age…congrats for a happy mother!

  8. Ivy

    Thank you very much, for your wishes.

  9. First off, ftou sou and Happy Birthday to Elia…a pretty young lady. Congrats on raising a young lady, I hope she spends some more time in the kitchen with you, making more cakes and cementing that bond between mother and daughter.

  10. that's a beautiful cake for your beautiful girl.

  11. Happy Birthday Ella!

  12. I can imagine how happy you made her with this gorgeous cake.

  13. Elia is a beautiful young woman and the cake you made for her is fabulous. This is my first visit to your blog. I love what I found here. I'll be back often.

  14. This cake is a work of art. It looks store bought – not home made! Gorgeous.

  15. A beautiful cake for a beautiful girl! The flavors are absolutely delicious. Happy Birthday Elia!

  16. Ivy

    Thanks again!

  17. Happy Birthday to Elia! She is truly a beautiful young woman! And she is so lucky to have a mother like you to spoil her.

    And double thanks for the leaves! I've never seen that before; it's definitely a trick I'll use in the future!

  18. What a beautiful strawberry cake! The white chocolate leaves are very pretty too.
    Happy Birthday, Elia!

  19. Happy birthday to your daughter : my son turned 18 years old last September : it is very strange… he is always my little big man… How time flies !

    What a greedy strawberry cake ! I wish I can eat it (not all, just one piece)


  20. Happy Birthday to Elia! That's a big one, very exciting. Must be a hard time of year to have a birthday because it's often during Lent. But you just have to have a cake!

  21. mon dieu il est trop beau ce gâteau, je viens volontiers prendre un morceau, j'adore
    bonne soirée

  22. Yum! This is just the kind of cake that my daughter would request! The whipping cream is better than butter cream any day. Beautiful Ivy and happy B-day to your daughter! She looks just adorable!

  23. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

    By the way, your cake looks amazing 🙂

  24. The cake looks amazing! Great job with the white chocolate leaves!

  25. what a great cake..I love the leaves and chocolate lovely..


  26. Happy happy 18 bday to your beautiful Alia – she looks your image Ivy =) the cake is also beautiful i really want my part LOL!

  27. Your daughter is beautiful and your cake looks devine! You and your daughter are both very blessed! ~LeslieMichele

  28. Να την χαίρεσαι!!! Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter Ivy!!
    Such a pretty cake!

  29. Your daughter is beautiful, and so is this cake! Happy belated birthday Elia.

  30. Happy Birthday Elia! She is so beautiful Ivy. The cake looks amazing and the leaves make me think of the pretty butterfly wings as beautiful as your daughter.

  31. What a wonderful cake, Ivy!Those flavors are my favorite ones!!!!!!Great job 🙂

  32. Happy Birthday to Elia! The cake is gorgeous Ivy!!

  33. That is a gorgeous cake Ivy and it sounds delicious! Lovely flavors. Na ta ekatostisei!

  34. gorgeous pics