Strawberry Mascarpone Cake

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 30 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: May. 13, 2022
Don't let the number of steps in this recipe fool you —it's easy to assemble. The cake bakes up high and fluffy, and the berries add a fresh fruity flavor. Cream cheese is a good substitute if you don't have mascarpone cheese handy. —Carol Witczak, Tinley Park, Illinois
Strawberry Mascarpone Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 cups fresh strawberries, halved (2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • CAKE:
  • 6 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Place egg whites in a large bowl; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. Grease bottoms of two 8-in. round baking pans; line with parchment. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together twice; place in another large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks, 1-1/4 cups sugar, oil, water, orange zest and almond extract until blended. Add to flour mixture; beat until well blended.
  4. With clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium until soft peaks form. Gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into batter, then fold in remaining whites.
  5. Gently transfer to prepared pans. Bake on lowest oven rack until top springs back when lightly touched, 30-35 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove parchment. Cool completely.
  6. Meanwhile, for whipped cream, in a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. For filling, in a small bowl, beat mascarpone cheese and cream until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until assembling.
  7. Drain strawberries, reserving juice mixture. Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes if domed. Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Brush with half of reserved juice mixture; spread with 3/4 cup filling. Arrange half the strawberries over top, creating an even layer; spread with remaining filling. Brush remaining cake layer with remaining juice mixture; place layer over filling, brushed side down.
  8. Gently stir whipped cream; spread over top and side of cake. Just before serving, arrange remaining strawberries over cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 677 calories, 48g fat (22g saturated fat), 196mg cholesterol, 200mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.