A fine dessert with an amazing combination of flavors. The Black Pepper Sponge Cake recipe was created by Tami Harderman, of Running With Tweezers, as a guest blogger at California Strawberries. Check out both sites for some amazing recipes.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup caster (very fine) sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups self rising flour
- 1 large vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped from the pod
- 2 teaspoons fine ground black pepper
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
- 1 pound fresh California strawberries
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or grease two 8″ springform cake pans and line bottoms with a circle of parchment paper. Beat butter and sugar together with electric mixer until light and fluffy. It should turn a faint lemon yellow color. Add eggs one at a time until just incorporated. Fold in the flour gradually until smooth – a few small lumps are OK. Stir in vanilla bean and black pepper. Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake until a skewer or cake tester comes out clean from the middle of the pan, 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool in baking pan for 8-10 minutes then remove and allow to cool fully on a cooling rack before assembly.
Rinse whole strawberries and gently pat dry. Divide into thirds. Cut tops off of two-thirds of the strawberries then slice into 1/4″-1/2″ slices. Reserve the remaining third of whole strawberries to decorate the top of the cake. In large mixing bowl, combine heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and balsamic vinegar. With electric mixer, whip the mixture until stiff peaks appear. Place one cooled cake layer on your cake stand or serving plate. Place sliced strawberries across the cake. Spread half of the balsamic whipped cream across the strawberries. Top with the second cake layer. Repeat with the whipped cream mixture and top with the whole strawberries. For an interesting styling trick, leave some of them whole and cut some halves to give some dimension to the garnish on the top.
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