Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake ~ @SavorySimple #Recipe

Why yes, I know that it’s the middle of winter.  But guess what?  I made this strawberry swirl dream cake entirely from frozen strawberries!  Frozen fruits and vegetables are a wonderful thing.  They might not be quite as exciting as beautiful fresh produce from the market but there’s no way I’d give up berries all year long.

Do you like that pretty petal effect I created with the frosting?  You can find a step-by-step tutorial on how to create the effect over at The Hungry Housewife (her cake looks so perfect next to mine!  I need to keep practicing).

Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake ~ @SavorySimple #Recipe

I’ve developed this cake for California Strawberries and I want to pass along a really fun Valentine’s Day contest they’re hosting at the moment!  They’re currently looking for the most romantic California Strawberries food photo and the winner will receive a $250 Amazon gift card!  To enter, head over to California Strawberries and upload a photo (you’ve taken yourself) of a strawberry dish or dessert that has romantic appeal by Monday February 11, 2013.

Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake ~ @SavorySimple #Recipe

And be sure to head over to California Strawberries to get my recipe for Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake!

  • Olga @ MangoTomato

    oh em gee! the cake looks GORGEOUS! And what a pretty color. Would you like to deliver a piece to me for lunch? :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m always offering leftovers! This whole thing was available for YOU. YOU just to take a journey to Bethesda, a.k.a. the other end of the universe :D

  • Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives

    This looks great!

    Your frosting looks great, it takes time, no one is perfect at first.

    When I iced my first cake 15+years ago, I threw it ACROSS the room… and the turntable… :-/ There is hope for you yet, I promise! :-)

    • Jennifer Farley

      The is a patience to this art. I’m sure if I did it everyday I’d be really good at it but I go months in between baking layer cakes. Same with decorative cookies.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    This looks MAGICAL. I have a soft spot for strawberry cakes because I have them every year for my birthday. :) So, um, pretty sure I’m going to have to make this ASAP!

    • Jennifer Farley

      There’s just something about strawberry cake! It’s one of my favorites as well :)

  • cathy @ Noble Pig

    This is totally gorgeous…!!! Who cares that it’s winter. And what a cool contest…need to look through my photos!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Cathy! Isn’t it a great contest? They run them pretty regularly and the prizes are always very generous!

  • carrie @ Bakeaholic mama

    OH MY GOD> This is so pretty and I bet it tastes even better.

    • Jennifer Farley

      It tasted pretty darn good! I wish we were neighbors so I could have brought you some. I made my friends come get all but once slice. The slice in the photo was all mine :D

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Hello, gorgeous! This cake looks positively dreamy, a perfect name!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Laura!

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    So romantic and beautiful for the strawberry contest…good luck, Laura! …and I think you did a great job on your petal decorating!

  • Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    Sorry Jen, I typed Laura instead of Jen, seeing Laura’s comment above mine! :) Either way…it’s beautiful!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Ha, I’ve done the same thing!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    So pretty! And I love that you can use frozen berries

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you! I’ve been on a frozen cherry kick for the past week. SOOOO good in smoothies!

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Wow! Jen, this cake looks amazing! I love the piping and and the styling. Swoon!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Anna!

  • Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    What a perfect color! I love this.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you!

  • Little Kitchie

    PERFECT cake for Valentine’s day!!! This is such a happy cake to see in the middle of winter!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks! I figured it was a good choice for the holiday :)

  • Tanya

    This is such a pretty cake. My husbands birthday is very close to valentines day so maybe Ill make this for his birthday cake and we can have the leftovers on valentines day. That way I will only have to make one cake instead of two.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I think that sounds like a fabulous idea!

  • natalie

    this is possibly the prettiest cake that i have seen IN MY WHOLE LIFE!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      oh wow, thank you so much, natalie!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Wow, Jen – this cake is just stunning! You are totally inspiring me to get into cakes – although I can’t decorate them!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Chung-Ah! Cake decorating is definitely an art for that takes practice. I only practice like twice a year which is why my lines aren’t even. But it’s fun!

  • Cassie | Bake Your Day

    Holy cow, this is gorgeous! I love it.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Cassie!

  • Valerie

    Exquisite! I adore layer cakes…if only I could have a slice of this dreamy dream cake right this very second! :D

    • Jennifer Farley

      I wish I could give you one!

  • Erin@LawStudentsWife

    Romantic? Call me head over heels for frozen berries and fruits! Our freezer is filled with both. I mean, really–life is too short to wait until summer to cherish strawberries. This cake is beautiful. Way to go!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Erin! Life is indeed too short to wait for summer.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    My daughter is turning 6 in 2 weeks and she has requested a strawberry cake and this could be the answer to my recipe quest. Gorgeous, Jen!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Averie! Let me know if you make it. I’d love a 6 year old’s seal of approval on my cake. They are completely honest.

  • daisy


    This is an absolutely gorgeous cake! I bet it tastes delicious as well. You’ve got a winner here. Well done.


    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Daisy! Your new ice cream post has me drooling!

  • Neel|Eastern aroma

    These look DIVINE!! as always, your picture is GORGEOUS. Looks like I could just reach the my computer screen and grab one! ( I wish :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Neel! I wish I could offer you a slice!

  • Roger Stowell

    Love the first picture. Beautiful food shot.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you as always for the kind words, Roger!

  • kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    Gorgeous photos, Jen!
    My daughter would adore that cake for her birthday. And since it’s in April, you’re right–the frozen berries taste way better than anything else I can get in April in Ohio!


    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Kirsten! I would be honored if you made this for her.

  • Kathryn

    This is one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I take that as the ultimate compliment. It really means a lot coming from you, your food is always so beautiful!

  • thelittleloaf

    Heading over to get the recipe now, this looks like pink dreamy perfection!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much!

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Oh my goodness gracious, Jen. I think I may be purchasing a one-way ticket to Bethesda right now to devour the remainders of this gorgeous cake. I heart strawberry cake! And that frosting.. I want to get down and dirty with it.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I would love nothing more than to have you as a guest and gorge on cake with you. Come on over! :)

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Just gorgous! I LOVE strawberries! This is such a creative recipe! I want a slice right now!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Jennifer! I wish I could send you a slice!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb

    Nice work, the petals look pretty neat. We are in the middle of Strawberry season here and your post is well timed. =)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I am jealous! I wish we had a longer strawberry season here.

  • Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    This cake is stunning and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits

    Gorgeous! I live in California, and we get to have a nearly year round strawberry season. One of my favorite things about living here is how much produce is almost always in season. This cake looks incredible, beautiful job!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Jackie! There are so many reasons I would love living in California. I wish I could transport my entire life (friends, family, etc) there.

  • Susan

    Just gorgeous, Jen! I love strawberry cake so will have to try this.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you, Susan!

  • Kate@Diethood

    Holy moly, gorgeousssssss!
    The petals are perfect.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Kate! It look me about 10 tries to get it right. Cake decorating takes a kind patience I’m not sure I have on a regular basis.

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    I’m amazed at how perfect this cake looks, seriously it looks almost too good to eat! But I’d get over that issue real fast and devour a slice!
    Great job..

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Gerry! I certainly got over it quickly.

  • Leslie

    Your cake is stunning!!! Thanks for the link love!!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you for the fantastic tutorial!

  • Jess

    So beautiful!!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Jess!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    This is one of the coolest cakes I’ve ever seen! The inside and outside are both gorgeous in their own way. I bet it tastes great too, I can’t believe it was made with frozen strawberries!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Katie!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking

    these pictures (and this cake) are beautiful!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you, Megan!

  • Siobhan

    Strawberry Swirl Dream Cake… I can only dream of being able to make something that looks this good. I love the inside of the cake… it’s so perfect, almost looks like you planned the colouring in those exact places.
    Fabulicious :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Siobhan! It wasn’t very difficult and I have no doubt you could do it!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction

    Jen, this is the most beautiful cake I have EVER seen. EVER. EVER. You are so talented and I don’t think I could ever make one look this gorgeous. The only thing better than its looks is the way it tastes. I wish I had a slice right now!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Wow, Sally, that is the sweetest compliment I could ever hope to receive. I know you could make a gorgeous cake as well and I wish I could send you a slice!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    this is downright gorgeous!!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks so much Aimee!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    What a gorgeous cake! I love the pedal effect that you created with the frosting!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Jessica!

  • Laura Dembowski

    That cake is insanely beautiful. I can’t imagine the time and care it took you to make it. Frozen fruit is very reliable, but I find fresh strawberries are pretty tasty in the winter too.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Laura!

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    Delicious! My 6-year-old daughter just asked me to make her a strawberry cake! What perfect timing! I might just try this one – it’s so pretty!

    • Jennifer Farley

      If you make it, please let me know what she thinks! There is no better compliment than the praises of a child. They are always honest :)

  • Laura

    Gorgeous! And I so agree about frozen produce. We finally had to buy another freezer almost exclusively for frozen tomatoes, blueberries, rhubarb and whatever else it occurs to me to freeze throughout the year.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I could REALLY use another freezer!

  • Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

    This cake is so gorgeous!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Stephanie!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

    Girlfriend, you had me at “Strawberry Swirl” and “Dream” let alone “Cake”! (Hopeless romantic, much?) Love, love, love your idea of bringing spring and summer into the dull of winter using frozen strawberries. Look forward to sharing with you my strawberry cake recipe that I conjured up whilst imagining for a moment that I was Elvis Presley’s pastry chef, LOL! Your cake recipe is so romantic and ideal for Valentine’s Day. Your cake icing skills are spot on! xoxo

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much for the kind words :)

  • Ella-Home Cooking Adventure

    Very beautiful:) Love the marbled effect and the petals. Amazing cake,

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Ella!

  • Jamie

    Jennifer, this is so so beautiful! I always have frozen berries in my fridge and love using them! But I haven’t puréed any yet and added to batter or icing like this! Stunning!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you so much, Jamie!

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Quite dreamy indeed! Love the swirls in the middle.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Brandon!

  • Sally

    Oh…. what a lovely cake!!!

  • Debra

    California strawberries having quite hit our farmer’s markets yet, but they’re coming soon! This is an absolutely gorgeous cake. It’s a real show stopper! :-)

  • Jenn and Seth

    this is really beautiful! i’m in total awe right now!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Sorry it took me a long time to get to visit your post on my pc (but have seen on my iphone…). Amazing, beautiful, simply gorgeous!!! I love this – totally dream cake inside out!!

  • Meghan

    What a beautiful cake! So pretty with the swirls and even better that it’s pink!

  • Amy @Very Culinary

    I just showed Trevor and he screamed “IS THAT WHAT YOU”RE MAKING FOR MY BIRTHDAY???” I guess I am now. But it won’t be nearly as pretty!

  • Samantha @FerraroKitchen

    This is just gorgeous!!! I have yet to make a layer cake and they’re usually chocolate which I can’t eat. But this is just wonderful!!!

  • AJ

    Oh no – it looks like the link to the recipe is no longer valid. Is there any other way I can get this? It looks so yummy and I would love to make it!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention, AJ! I’ve contacted California Strawberries and will hopefully have a fixed link soon. I’ll let you know when it’s fixed.

    • Jennifer Farley

      AJ- the link is working now! Thanks again for letting me know.

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