Sunday, July 24, 2011

Strawberry Cream Puff Cake

Strawberries and cream puffs? Um, yes! I really enjoyed making this cake I found over at Mel's Kitchen Cafe. Maybe because it was something I had never made before, or because I knew both my husband and I would love it, or because it just sounded so fresh and light and summery. And it was, all of the above.

I love how the baked shell puffs out and has so much texture. And the cream cheese filling is so light and creamy. Top it with strawberries and you are sure to impress anyone! It's a beautiful cake, and really pretty easy to make. Next time I make it, I may have to try a combination of different berries. Yum!

Strawberry Cream Puff Cake
from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
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Cream Puff Base
5 tablespoons butter
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon sugar
2/3 cup flour
3 eggs

Cream Cheese Mixture
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 cups strawberries
1 tsp sugar

For the cream puff layer, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bring the butter, water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the flour all at once and stir quickly until the mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. Remove the pan from the heat and stir the mixture until smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until the mixture is shiny with a satiny sheen. Don’t overbeat.

Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan (or a 9-inch circle cake pan if you don't have a springform). Using an offset spatula, spread the mixture on the bottom and one inch up the sides of the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and prick pastry with a toothpick 10-12 times. Return to the oven and bake 5-10 minutes more until golden brown but not overbaked (you can insert a toothpick into the center and if it comes out with sticky dough, it still needs longer in the oven). Cool completely.

For the cream cheese mixture, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat with the cream cheese until mixture is smooth and light. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until stiff peaks form. Spread onto the cooled cream puff shell.

Mix sliced strawberries with sugar, and place on top of the cake.


  1. This looks SO GOOD! I have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks so yummy, just like all of your other food!

  3. this looks absolutely divine, I must try this also :) Bookmarked!

  4. YUM!!!! This is great!! I am visiting from C.R.A.F.T. and I am a new follower! Hope you have a great day and I look forward to seeing you around soon!

  5. how delicious! yes please indeed, what a pretty dessert!

  6. This sounds and looks amazing! I'll definitely be saving this one :D

  7. Hi there, I'm your newest follower! All of your desserts look wonderful...I have a "chronic" sweet tooth, and from what I've seen I think your blog will give me some new ideas!!
    Hope you have a blessed day!

  8. I am visiting via Today's Creative Blog.

    This is a fantastic recipe! Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Tuesday!

  9. Strawberries and cream cheese are always wonderful together! Yum!

  10. Yum! This looks amazing! I just bought some strawberries...this looks like what I'm going to have to do with them!

    I pinned this too!


  11. This looks like a perfect summer dessert! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. This really sounds delish right now!

    Come link up at my woot woot wednesday Party!

  13. Visiting from Cast Party Wednesday. This looks beautiful and light and delish!

  14. YUM!! Oh my, I must try this, I absolutely love strawberries and cream puffs!

  15. MMMM That looks absolutely amazing!!

    I would love it if you would come share at my Linky Party!

  16. This is beautiful! Great summer dessert. :)

  17. Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

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  18. Looks so yummy! I love anything with strawberries and cream.

  19. I love everything about this cake from the crust to the creamy filling. Looks delicious! I'd like to invite you to share on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  20. Yummy!!!

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page and linked to you!


  21. Hmm.. This looks SO delicious!!
    I would love it if you shared this @ {nifty thrifty sunday}!

  22. This sounds simply divine. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your strawberry cream puff cake.

  23. Thank You So MUCH for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!