Strawberry, Cardamom and Cream Cake — Τούρτα με Φράουλες, Κάρδαμο και Σαντιγύ

When I was younger I refrained from eating strawberries because every time I did I broke out in hives. I used to say I was allergic. Well, that depends on how you define allergic: does one or two hives count?

Never mind that now because I devoured a large piece of this cake I made when we were invited over to friends’ for a barbecue the other day … and nothing happened. Actually, I’ve eaten strawberries innumerable times since I grew out of my paranoiac pre-teen years and I haven’t seen a single hive since.

Okay, okay. I’ll stop carrying on about my possible allergies already and get back to this amazing cake. I slightly adapted a recipe on when putting together this cake. Light, airy (and butterless) cake layers are brushed with a simple cardamom sugar syrup, smothered in freshly whipped heavy cream/Greek yogurt and adorned with bright red strawberries. It’s 7:44 a.m. and I wish I had a slice leftover lingering in the fridge. No worries, this cake was SO good I will be making it again soon, very soon. Quite possibly this coming weekend. Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer. S-U-M-M-E-R! And believe me, this cake screams summer.

Note:I only have two 9-inch round cake pans and although this recipe calls for three layers, I was too lazy to bake the first two, cool one cake, remove it from the pan, clean the pan, then bake the third layer. So, I piled the batter into the two cake pans. It wasn’t a disaster per se, but the layers weren’t exactly as pretty as they should have been.

And instead of lining cake pans with parchment to ensure a smooth finish, I grease my cake pans, place them in the refrigerator (greased), remove them just before I am ready to fill them, dust with flour and then fill with batter. The cold butter/margarine/shortening used to grease the cake pans prevents the cake from sticking.

Strawberry, Cardamom and Cream Cake — Τούρτα με Φράουλες, Κάρδαμο και Σαντιγύ
Adapted from a recipe on

For cake:
8 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup reduced fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large egg whites

For syrup:
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
5 to 6 cardamom pods

For filling:
2 cups chilled heavy cream
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 lbs. strawberries, trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

Make cake layers:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place oven racks in upper third and lower third of oven. Grease cake pans and place them in the fridge until ready to fill with batter. 

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16 Responses to “Strawberry, Cardamom and Cream Cake — Τούρτα με Φράουλες, Κάρδαμο και Σαντιγύ”

  1. Ivy says:

    Love strawberries and use them a lot in my desserts. Although cardamom is not bad I can’t say that I am a fan and prefer other flavours such as vanilla, mastic or lemon. However, adding it only in the syrup is not bad as there is vanilla in the cake and cream.

  2. Theoni says:

    Beautiful as well as delicious! I can just taste the cardamom which is one spice worth splurging on! Beautiful as ever, Maria!

  3. Rosa says:

    Magnificent! I love that touch of cardamom.



  4. Anna A. says:

    This looks ridiculously good. I love cardamon! Glad you have overcome your allergic reaction as well :)

  5. Joan Nova says:

    Looks lovely but where’s the octopus pot pie that I clicked for?

  6. admin says:

    Joan, where was the octopus pot pie link? Was it for the post I published over the winter?

  7. Great Tourta! Love these photos.

  8. Cherine says:

    What a gorgeous strawberry cake. Love the addition of cardamon :)

  9. Oh Maria! The cake really invokes a summery feeling! I’m in love with all the flavours here! Thank you for sharing this amazing creation!

  10. Joanne says:

    It is definitely possible that you just grew out of the allergy and thank god because otherwise you wouldn’t have shared this amazing cake with us! I love using cardamom in baked goods…one of my favorite spices!

  11. nina says:

    Summertime on a plate…big time!!!

  12. I love the amazing strawberry topping – beautiful and the addition of cardamom…..oh, be still my mouth. Love it

  13. Bren says:

    cake looks sexalicious and glad you are over the “allergy” and potential hive break out! Not fun! :)

  14. Bren says:

    This is a URL fix :)

  15. Strawberry cakes are the best for this time of year. Too bad I’ve yet to make one. Yours looks gorgeous Maria!

  16. Strawberries are so good this year. I have thought of making a layered cake like yours but feel it’s difficult and did not dare to try. Maybe I should give a go? Yours looks really good and well presentedThe strawberries are laid out so nicely.

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