This month’s Daring Baker challenge comes courtesy of Dorie Greenspan’s cook book called, Baking from My Home to Yours. In the exact words of Dorie herself, “The cake is snow white, with an elegant tight crumb and an easygoing nature; it always bakes up perfectly; it is delicate on the tongue but sturdy in the kitchen- no fussing when it comes to slicing the layers in half or cutting tall, beautiful wedges for serving; and it tastes just as you’d want a party cake to taste- special!!” I couldn’t have said it better myself!

Our Hostess this month, Morven, over at Food Art and Random thoughts, challenged us all to make this delicious cake.Please check out her blog to get the complete recipe.

What I liked about this challenge was that we were able to put our own stamp on it. We all had to make the basic white cake, cut it into layers, and either frost it with buttercream or fresh whipped cream, and between the layers, some kind of preserves or fresh fruit.

I chose to make mine with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, frankly, I didn’t think I could pull off the buttercream (I’ve heard some horror stories in the past) and besides my family really does prefer a whipped cream cake.

Between the layers I added strawberry preserves, fresh strawberries, and enough Amaretto to make a nice glaze. Instead of vanilla in my whipped cream, I added Amaretto to flavor it. A little toasted almonds around the whole cake added a little crunch, and went along with my almond theme.

It just so happened that the day I made this was also our friends Anniversary, so I gently packed it up, and brought it over and we all shared it together. By the way, everyone loved it!!

I would definately make this cake again, I can honestly say I had no problems with it. Hope you give it a try!!

Check out the other Daring Bakers party cakes here.

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  1. Beautiful! I am glad I wasn’t the only one who chose strawberries for this delicious cake. I didn’t have big problems with this recipe, either and I will be making it again soon. Maybe next time I will stick to the original recipe, hehehe.


  2. Good Lawrd! I love how you took this to the next level. Everything is just perfect. Happy anniversary to your friends – you certainly made the occasion festive & special.

    xoxox Amy

  3. Thats really beautiful. I found the buttercream lighter than the other version we made. Try it and I think youll be surprised at its lightness. I love the almonds and strawberries. With all you had going on this month you sure turned out a great cake!

  4. Wow, absolutely wonderful !

  5. I love the strawberries, amaretto and whip cream..A special cake indeed! I made two, lemon raspberry with buttercream for the first and Zabaglione and grated chocolate with a coffee/marsla soak for the second.

  6. Amazing! Your cake is beautiful!
    I should have followed your thoughts and not made the buttercream. hehe….but at least now I know what I am facing if someone wants buttercream.

    Congrats, it is lovely!

  7. Look at this beautiful cake!!
    Oh my! You rock, kiddo 🙂

  8. Looks beautiful! I should have gone with all whipped cream too. The buttercream was too rich!

  9. Amaretto – this be my kinda cake!!! Sounds and looks absolutely fantastic!!!

  10. What a delicious looking cake. I was going to toast almonds for mine too but ran out of time unfortunately. Next time!

  11. Oh, this takes me back to my childhood and a cake that was at the local bakery. It looks so like it. It’s been so much fun to see everyone’s cakes today. I think I may have to try these challenges. Much more fun than seeing the baguettes, even if the baguettes were harder.

  12. It looks wonderful, I’m learning a lot by reading everyone’s blog and believe I will try it with the whip cream, when the time comes!

  13. A beautiful cake that rose so well! Very nice!

  14. Your cake looks delicious! And your layers are so fluffy! Mine did nt rise that much! I love the strawberries! Not only do they look great but I bet they tasted wonderful! Well done!

  15. Beautiful cake! Love the idea of amaretto and the toasted almonds all around! Looks delicious!

  16. I love the look of your cake Marie! Absolutely beautiful!

  17. Your cake looks marvelous; you adapated it beautifully. Bravo!

  18. Truly Italian with the liquor! Great job!

  19. Nice job! Glad you liked it!

  20. Your cake looks amazing! I went with a strawberry theme as well.

  21. Looks beautiful, really nice I love with strawberries, how Kevin use too!! I admire you dears!!!!xxxx Gloria

    Beauty pictures too!!!!

  22. Marie, that cake looks marvelous! I love how you “Italianized” it with the amaretto and almonds!

  23. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and welcoming me to the DB. That was so nice! I’m glad because I got to see your beautiful cake. This really was a good recipe, wasn’t it?

  24. I love the strawberries as that extra touch Marie. Your cake looks like something from an Italian bakery shelf with the amaretto and almonds:D

  25. Amaretto with the strawberries -wow what a great combo!
    Your cake is gorgeous!

  26. No problems making it…and I would have no problem eating it! WOW! Lucky friends too!

  27. Very pretty cake! It really screams “Spring” with those lovely strawberries!

  28. Marie, you slay me with this cake. Amaretto and almond slices to seduce me!

  29. Smashingly beautiful with those strawberries! Great cake!!

  30. Strawberrys and Whip Cream frosting sound so fresh and Spring like. Yum!

  31. The weather has certainly changed, look at those plump, juicy strawberries.

  32. The addition of strawberries, almond flavor and whipped cream is lovely. What a wonderful spring cake!

  33. Your cake looks beautiful! I like the idea of an amaretto glaze!

  34. The strawberries look divine, and I love just the thought of amaretto. With almonds, it’s so perfect. That may just be my next version.

  35. Would it be ok if I had a slice of this for breakfast?It looks too delicious to wait.

  36. Marie, your cake looks divine! What a nice touch with the Amaretto. We certainly were on the same wave length with the strawberries and toasted almonds.

    Perfect Party Cake to celebrate an anniversary!

  37. OH my … that looks delicious, strawberries and cream .. yummy!

  38. ohh Amaretto! I love it! Your cake not only looks great but sounds great!

  39. Stunning! I immediatly thought of a strawberry whipped cream combo as well when I read the challenge. Nice job on the challenge!!

  40. O Marie…LUSCIOUS, DIVINE,PERFECT! I LOVE the cake…it’s like a dream come true, amaretto & all. One of my all time favourite combinations. Can we swap?

  41. You cake looks so fresh and good! I like the use of the almonds and amaretto.

  42. Great minds must think alike! I used strawberries too!!! 🙂 Great job!

  43. Beautiful cake! I love the amaretto and almonds!!!

  44. very beautiful cake it looks so tempting I love the amaretto

  45. That cake is just screamin’ SUMMER!

  46. surely looks like the prefect party cake !

  47. wow is very delicious

  48. Wow what a cake! This makes up for the lovely but flavorless strawberries I bought at the open air market yesterday…

  49. What a divine cake, Marie! It says, “party time!” to me, bolstered by the decadence of Amaretto to boot. Lovely job.

  50. Really excellent job, Marie! I love your addition of amaretto – super yummy – and I would have gone with the whipped cream as well! 🙂

  51. Such a beautiful cake…I’m sure it’s tasty and I like the matching of strawberry and whipped cream.

    Yummy yummy!

  52. Check it out! The Amaretto addition got my attention! Nice job!

  53. Marie,

    Those pics are so vibrant and those strawberries! Wow! Lovely cake!

  54. (I don’t know where my first comment vanishd too, so here it is again. Silly blogger…)

    Wow! This cake looks so inviting! I love the almonds on he side. Makes me wish I had another slice.

  55. It looks fantastic with the strawberries. I might have to give it another go and use strawberries instead.

  56. Your cake looks fabulous…and the amaretto. Oooh la la! I used Kahlua in one of mine and it was delicious.

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  57. I love fresh strawberries and cake together. this looks yummy