Heavenly Strawberry Cake (Grain-Free and Low-Carb)

HEAVENLY is the only word that describes a Strawberry Cake, made with Fresh Strawberries! The original version of this cake (sugary and grainy) was my first birthday cake when I moved to Baton Rouge over 9 years ago.  It was DELICIOUS and something memorable!  This week I attended a birthday party where Ambrosia’s Strawberry Cake was the center of attention and I normally don’t have to use much will power to resist cake but I did that night!  So what do you do when you can’t have someone else’s cake??? You create your own version! It turned out great and even looks like Ambrosia’s Strawberry Cake!
Cupcakes!
A Few Notes: 
  1. I used (2) 8″ cake pans, then split the 2 cakes in half to make the cake 4 layers and high. By splitting the cake, this also helps make the cake more level when frosting.  This was the most level 4 layer cake I have ever made!
  2. The dairy’s used in the cake can be changed around.  The first one I made I used only sour cream and almond milk (2 cups sour cream and 1/2 cup almond milk) and it turned out great.  The second one I made, I used the amounts of dairy specified in the recipe.  You can also use part  coconut milk.
  3. This cake can be made dairy free by using coconut oil and a combo of almond milk and coconut milk.  It will have a slightly coconut flavor but I think coconut goes well with strawberries!
  4. Taste your cake batter before baking!!  Stevia’s sweetness sometimes cooks out a bit so put a tablespoon of prepared batter in a cupcake liner and microwave (one of the few times I advocate using them) for 20-30 seconds.  Taste.  This will be sweetness of final cake. Add more sweetener if necessary!  Also doing be afraid to taste frosting.
  5. I use a small amount of coconut sugar to “finish” sweetening this cake.  Check out a past blog post that explains why I use real sugar vs. the artificial stuff.  Use what sweetener you feel comfortable with.  The recipe however is not adapted to use all honey but part honey would be fine.  Again, TASTE YOUR BATTER!
  6. If using Kal Stevia, start with less and taste.  You can always add more but you can’t take away.  Too much will cause bitterness but the right amount will not.
  7. The key to the constancy of the frosting is the unflavored gelatin.  I used Great Lakes Brand (the kind in the orange container) that does NOT need to be dissolved first.  Check out THIS blog post to read about the benefits of Great Lakes Gelatin!  This is the only gelatin that I tried.  I have no doubts that other kinds would work.  If you do use another gelatin that has to be dissolved  check out these instructions.
  8. This cake is HUGE!!  The dome of my cake plate would not fit on top of it so I simply covered it with 2 large pieces of plastic wrap!  It taste better after 4 hours or over night in the refrigerator.
  9. If you don’t want to make a cake that serves 20, simply half the recipe!  Use one 8″ pan still so the cooking time will remain the same.
  10. You could also make this recipe into cupcakes.  Use large scoop and portion into cupcake liners and bake for 16-20 minutes.
  11. If the cake is still not sweet enough once you go to eat it, simply serve with additional sliced strawberries.
  12. The sweetness of the frosting will also depend on the sweetness of your strawberries! If possible, by fresh and buy local!
  13. For more pink frosting, puree additional strawberries and fold it into the frosting.

Heavenly Strawberry Cake

Serves 20
10 Net Carbs per Serving (including coconut sugar)
Cake
2 cups almond flour (I use Honeyville)
1 cup plus 1/4 cup coconut flour (I use Tropical Traditions)
2 tbsp baking powder
1 level tsp plus 1/8th tsp Kal Stevia (to taste)
3 tbsp coconut sugar (optional to taste)
1/8 tsp sea salt

12 large eggs
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or dairy of choice)
2 tbsp pure vanilla
10 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (or part butter and part coconut oil)

Directions

oven to 350 degrees F.  Line (2) 8″ cake pans with parchment paper and set a side.  Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.  In separate bowl, beat eggs and mix in remaining wet ingredients.  Add wet to dry and whisk until there are no lumps.  TASTE BATTER and adjust sweetness if needed.  Divide into 2 lined cake pans.  Each pan will have approximately 3 cups of batter.

Bake for 40-50 minutes or until cake is brown on the top.   Don’t under bake.  Before removing from pan, use knife and go around the edges of cake in the pan.  Carefully remove cake and  cool completely on wire rack before frosting.

Frosting (will possibly have extra but better than not enough)
3 pints fresh strawberries (frozen should work)

4 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 to 1 tsp Pure Kal Stevia (to taste)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

While cake is cooking, prepare frosting.  Finely chop strawberries.  Be sure you have created some juice to color the frosting.

In large mixing bowl, add heavy whipping cream, stevia and vanilla.  Blend for 30 seconds and add gelatin while beaters are running, being sure to dust the gelatin over the cream and not put it all in one place.  Continue to beat until cream has formed stiff peaks.  This will take just a few minutes and when it does start to become stiff, it happens fast.  Remove 1 heaping cup of whipped cream to use for piping (optional).  Fold in strawberries and stir well.  Taste for sweetness and adjust to your likeness.

Assembly:

Once cake has completely cooled, using long serrated knife, carefully split cake horizontally, creating 4 cakes from 2.  Check out THIS link for instructions on how to easily split a cake.  Place 1 cake onto cake plate (I also used an 8″ cake board).  Top cake with heaping 1 cup of strawberry frosting and spread to edges.  Repeat this 3 more times.  After all 4 layers have been stacked and frosted, use remaining strawberry frosting to frost sides.
For final piping, using a star tip and a piping bag (or quart size storage bag), pipe the reserved plain heavy whipping cream around the bottom and top.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Melissa! I am a new follower after reading Wheat Belly and finding some of your recipes on pinterest! I am so excited to find such great recipes! I have actually already purchased your eBook and make the cheddar biscuits tonite! I waited anxiously for hubbys reaction……..he Loved them! Woohoo! And he is a picky eater ;). I do have one question from your cookbook on your homemade Mayo……. In the past, I got salmonella from eating raw eggs (tasting cake batter) so I am very nervous to eat them. Do you have any suggestions?. Thx so much for what you do!

  2. Jennifer Ronco says

    Great recipe! Better halved. :)

    Substitutes – half and half for whipped cream and Greek yogurt for sour cream.

  3. Alla says

    I love this recipe . I want to make cupcakes for my daughter birthday . Can I substitute coconut sugar only instead of stevia . And how much should I use.
    Thank you for great cake !

  4. Paula Poplos says

    Made this today and it WAS, indeed heavenly. Only one problem/complaint….the cake lid doesn’t fit over it. LOL Kidding. It’s perfect!

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