This strawberry jam cake is made with a moist and fluffy vanilla cake, filled with strawberry jam, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries, covered in vanilla buttercream and topped with more fresh strawberries!
Preheat an oven to 180c (350f) and prepare 3 8-inch baking pans with parchment paper.
Into a big mixing bowl, add the soft butter, and sugar. Mix with an electric hand mixer until creamy and smooth for about 3 minutes.
Into a big measuring cup or a small mixing bowl, add the buttermilk, egg whites, sour cream, and mix with a whisk.
Then into a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Mix with a whisk until combined.
Add ½ of the dry mixture and ½ of the wet mixture into the butter mixer and mix it until almost combined.
Add the other half of the dry ingredients and the wet mixture until just combined.
Divide the batter into 3 8-inch baking pans and bake in a 180c (350f) preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes (depending on your oven) or until a toothpick is inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Let the cakes cool to room temperature and remove them from the pans.
Make the vanilla buttercream
Into a big mixing bowl, add the room temperature butter, powder sugar, vanilla extract, and milk.
Mix with an electric hand mixer for a few minutes until the buttercream is light in color and creamy.
Make the whipped cream:
Into a big mixing bowl, add the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and powder sugar. Mix with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
Assemble the cake:
Pipe a small dollop of the vanilla buttercream on the surface that you will frost on. Lay the first cake layer over the frosting dot.
Pipe a circle around the edges of the cake. Then fill the circle with a few tablespoon of the whipped cream. Top the whipped cream with the strawberry jam, and top the strawberry jam with slices of strawberries.
Top the cake with the second cake layer. Repeat adding the filling, and top with the third cake layer.
Frost the cake with the remaining vanilla buttercream and make a wave pattern with an offset spatula.
Top the cake with plenty of fresh strawberries and serve.
Use room temperature ingredients. It is important that you use room-temperature ingredients like eggs and butter. This step ensures that your mixture mixes into a homogenous mixture and bakes perfectly. you don’t want to place cold batter into the oven.Measure your flour correctly! When measuring your flour, avoid scooping it with a measuring cup. Instead, stir the flour with a spoon to create as many air pockets as possible, and spoon it into your measuring cup. Finally, level it with a back of a knife.Don’t overmix the batter, you don’t want to develop the gluten in the flour. This step ensures you have a moist cake and not a dense and dry cake.Use cake strips!Cake strips give you even and perfectly baked cake layers. Click here for the amazon link.Line your baking pan with parchment paper! This step helps the cake to bake evenly, and it makes sure that your loaf cake will release easily from the pan.Make sure that your butter is at room temperature. An hour or two before making these cookies, take the butter out of the fridge and let it come to room temperature. The butter should be soft to the touch. If your butter is too cold, it will be harder to mix and there will be lumps of butter in the dough.Be patient! I know it’s extremely tempting to frost this cake as it is pulled out of the oven, but let the cake cool for at least 1 hour so it will be more firm and won’t crumble up, and prevent the frosting from melting.