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Layer Cake with Strawberry Cream Cheese Meringue Buttercream Frosting

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ Tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 Tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 ⅔ Cups Granulated sugar
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 Cup Whole milk
  • ¾ Cup Grapeseed oil
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract

Cake Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F and oil and flour three 8” cake pans

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In standard mixer with whisk attachment, beat sugar and eggs together on medium speed for 3 minutes. Then beat in milk, oil, and vanilla, one at a time.

Combine this wet mixture with your sifted dry ingredients. Pour this mixture into your cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, rotating halfway through cooking time.

Cream Cheese Meringue Buttercream Ingredients:

  • 7 Large egg whites, (210 grams or 7 oz)
  • 2 Cups Caster sugar
  • 1 ½ Cups Unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 Oz. Cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ¼ Tsp. Salt (recommend non-iodized fine sea salt)

Meringue Instructions:

In medium pot, add at least 1-inch of water and bring to simmer.

Wash/dry stainless steel mixing bowl from your stand mixer (grease shouldn’t touch meringue).

Add in 7 egg whites and 2 cups sugar and whisk together.

Place mixing bowl over the pot of barely simmering water, creating a seal over the pot (bowl should be over the steam, not touching water). Whisk constantly until mixture reaches 160˚ F (about 3 min). Ensure sugar is fully dissolved.

Wipe water from bottom of mixing bowl and transfer bowl to stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until stiff glossy peaks form (about 15-20 min) and bottom of the bowl reaches room temp and not warm. (Important: warm meringue will melt the butter).

When bowl is at room temp, switch to paddle attachment, reduce to medium speed and add butter 1 tbsp. at a time—adding it as fast as it’s absorbed by meringue. Once all butter is in, scrape down bowl and continue beating until it reaches a thick whipped consistency (3 min on med-high speed). If it looks lumpy or liquidy at all, keep beating until smooth, thick and whipped.

Scrape frosting into a different bowl and set aside.

In the mixer bowl, add cream cheese and whip until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides to ensure it is smooth and well-incorporated.

Slowly add the buttercream mixture back into the bowl, one spoonful at a time, stirring on medium-low speed. Increase speed until stiff peaks form.

Add 2 tsp. vanilla extract and ¼ tsp. salt and mix on med-high until incorporated (about 1 min).



1 Jar (13 oz.) Bonne Maman® Strawberry Preserves

Build the layers of the cake alternating frosting and Bonne Maman® Strawberry Preserves.

Add fresh-cut strawberries.

Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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