Our Strawberry Shortcake Cake with Mascarpone and Orange liqueur is not only the ultimate summer dessert but a year round elegant classic. With juicy strawberries tossed in maple syrup and liqueur, creamy mascarpone and whipped cream and a moist cake, this dessert is versatile and the perfect pack and go vehicle, ideal for backyards and picnics.
No.1 | Preheat your oven to 350°.
No. 2 | In a bowl or container, gently toss the strawberries with 1 tbsp of maple syrup and 1 tbsp of orange liqueur. Cover and place in your fridge until serving.
No. 3 | In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk 1/2 cup of heavy cream until it starts to thicken. Add 1/2 cup of mascarpone cheese, 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp orange liqueur and continue to whisk until smooth and stiff peaks form. Scrape the cream into a bowl or container and place in your fridge until ready to serve. Re-attach the mixer bowl to your stand mixer.
No. 4 | Pour 1/2 cup of heavy cream into the mixer bowl. Whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form. Scrape into a bowl and set aside. Re-attach the mixer bowl again.
No. 5 | Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt onto a large piece of parchment paper and set aside.
No. 6 | Switch the whisk for the beater on your stand mixer. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl and beat on high until light and fluffy with a pale colour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and turn the mixer on low. One at a time, add the eggs, continuing to beat until shiny and silky, about 1 minute. Stir in the orange liqueur, then slowly add the dry ingredients. Continue to mix on low until a thick batter has formed. Remove the bowl from the stand mixer.
No. 7 | Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the batter. Pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Test the doneness, by inserting a knife or bamboo skewer into the centre of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done, if not place it back in the oven for an additional 5 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from the pan, and an additional 15-20 minutes before serving.
No. 8 | For serving, slice the cake into 1 inch pieces using a serrated knife. Place on a small plate and top with a few heaping spoons of strawberries. Top with a dollop of mascarpone cream, then drizzle with the syrup from the bottom of the strawberry bowl.
It is not necessary to clean the mixer bowl with each step unless desired. If you don’t have a stand mixer you can use a handheld mixer or balloon whisk for making and whipping the creams.
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