This Fresh Strawberry Cake features loads of ripe berries and a light whipped cream frosting…making it the perfect summer dessert!
Some of the best food I’ve ever eaten was cooked in a parking lot. I kid you not. After college, I moved down to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and holy cow do they know how to cook down there on the bayou! I was born in Texas and grew up in the Carolinas, so I’ve tasted my fair share of delicious Southern food. But I was in for a surprise when I moved to southern Louisiana. I was in Cajun food heaven! To this day, the best fried fish I’ve ever eaten was cooked in the parking lot outside of LSU’s Tiger Stadium. That same parking lot was also where I first tried alligator. LSU was playing the Florida Gators, so it was entirely appropriate that we fried up some alligator bites that day. It was pretty good actually. It tasted like chicken.
One of the coolest things about living in the deep South is how well everything grew. I planted some pepper seeds outside of my apartment during my first year there. That plant grew to about 4 feet tall and was loaded with hundreds of tiny, red peppers. I have no idea what the pepper was, but I know that just touching a sliced edge of the pepper to your tongue would make your tongue go numb for at least 10 minutes. But on the other end of the spicy scale, Louisiana is known for its’ strawberries. Thanks to the warm weather, strawberry season starts early down there…and this Fresh Strawberry Cake is one of my favorite uses for fresh strawberries!
What do I miss the most about southern Louisiana? I’m tempted to say it’s the weather since I now live in upstate New York where the winter seems like it lasts longer and longer every year. I remember wearing shorts on New Year’s Day in Baton Rouge. Shorts! But I’d have to say that the food is hands down the thing I miss the most. I developed a serious love for Cajun food, and I’ve posted some of favorites here in the past. (Shrimp Etouffee, Creole Red Beans & Rice, Mardi Gras Cinnamon King Cake…the list goes on…a classic New Orleans Muffaletta Sandwich…and on…)
But one of my favorite treats from Louisiana that I miss the most was actually not Cajun at all. A local bakery in Baton Rouge made a famous strawberry cake that folks would go crazy about every Spring! This cake was every bit as good as advertised, too. It featured layers upon layers of white cake topped with a light strawberry frosting made with chopped, fresh strawberries. It was basically the best strawberry shortcake I’ve ever eaten! Not surprisingly, the bakery kept the recipe for this cake closely guarded, so this is my attempt at recreating this delicious dessert. To be honest, it’s not far off. I should know. I ate a few of those strawberry cakes during my years in Louisiana.
Baker’s Note: The cake pictured in this post actually has 3 layers. I normally make this cake in 2 layers, and the recipe below is for the 2-layer version. If you’d like to make the 3-layer version, just make 1.5x the recipe.
**Update** I recently made a similar version of this cake using blackberries instead of strawberries. It turned out great! I used readers’ comments from this post to slightly tweak the recipe. If you love blackberries, then give this Blackberry Cake a shot!