TWD- French Strawberry Cake

For years, I have been perusing food blogs for recipes, cooking tips and techniques. I have come across the symbol (TWD) on many occasions. It stands for Tuesday’s with Dorie. Dorie Greenspan is the author of 10 cookbooks and has won numerous awards. Tuesday’s with Dorie is an online baking club that originally baked it’s way through her book, Baking from My Home to Yours. They are now onto another one of her cookbooks, Baking with Julia. I have always admired Julia Child. She would roll with the punches and she always had a smile on her face.

I love the idea of baking the same recipe as hundreds of others and seeing how they all pan out. Each month, two recipes are nominated and chosen. The rules are simple; you have to own the book, conquer at least one of the recipes per month and have a blog of which to post your quest.

My first recipe from this extraordinary book is the French Strawberry Cake. It is a genoise cake, which is like the French version of sponge cake. I must admit, my first attempt at genoise was not very successful. The cake did not rise properly. The leavening for this cake is in the form of whipped eggs. The recipe calls for whipping the eggs until they are airy, pale and tripled in volume, taking 4-5 minutes. I whipped and I whipped and I whipped, for 20 minutes! I’m not sure if my eggs weren’t quite warm enough or if I just had faulty eggs but it still tasted divine.

We went strawberry picking last weekend and got just under 4 lbs of strawberries.

As I said, the cake didn’t rise properly…I think it should have been double the height.

But the strawberries were delicious. After thinly slicing, they were mascerated with sugar and then mashed to use for the filling of the cake.

 The final result was beautiful and tasted very fresh. Believe it or not, this was the first time that I had made whipped cream from scratch. It was sooo good.


The recipe for French Strawberry Cake can be found at this week’s host blogs: Sophia’s Sweets  and Allison of Sleep Love Think Dine.

I am looking forward to all the wonderful recipes that I will be baking alongside a bunch of talented people. Check back for other Tuesday’s with Dorie recipes.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Geraldine says:

    Yum! And it looks so pretty!


    1. It was very tasty too! Thanks :)


  2. Sally says:

    gotta try this one… beautiful!


    1. You won’t be disappointed if you do!


  3. Cynthia L. says:

    My cake turned out to be about the same height and I make the decision that it was good enough! We no longer get fresh strawberries, but I did manage to pick 12 pounds of them just before the end of the season! Don’t you just love real whipped cream?


    1. I don’t know that I’d necessarily make it again but it was pretty good. I would definately say the whipped cream was the best part!


  4. Ei says:

    Welcome to the club! I’m glad your first recipe was a success. Mine didn’t work out quite right, but that’s okay. Once you’ve had homemade whipped cream, you can never go back! Or I can’t, at least. I could eat a bowl of the stuff. No cake necessary. haha!


    1. This is very true! No more Cool Whip for this house :)


  5. Beautiful cake, Jodi! And welcome to TWD, too! :)


    1. Thank you! I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with this :o)


  6. breaddivas says:

    Welcome to the group! Your cake and photos are absolutely gorgeous!


    1. Thanks, and I agree with you about a less stressful strawberry shortcake…same flavor without the fuss!


  7. Welcome to the group!! It is a lot of fun :) Your cake looks great…love how you decorated it!


    1. Thank you! It is fun…and I can’t wait for next month’s Hazelnut Biscotti.


  8. Cher says:

    Welcome aboard – beautiful cake!
    Homemade strawberries are the best, aren’t they?


  9. Cathleen says:

    After making whipped cream from scratch there is no going back! :)
    Very pretty.


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