This packs a ton of flavor and surprising complexity into the simplest package. It’s a full flavored cake layered with strawberries and strawberry jam and covered in strawberry icing. I do find myself wishing it was balanced a little better than this 3-2-1 format allows - a little more cake, a little less strawberry - and curious about what would happen if the Shisha Strawberry were replaced with say, OoO Strawberry Jam. But if you’re itching for a strawberry cake, this will definitely get the job done.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of indulging in an actual Swedish princess cake, you should be mixing this recipe instead of reading my review. There is something really special about a decadent layering of sponge cake, strawberry jam, and freshly made pastry cream, and this recipe captures it marvelously. WF Princess Cake is an excellent jumping off point, with an authentic sponge cake base and a hint of strawberry jam. Shisha Strawberry gives that jam a sugary syrup glaze and brings the strawberry note forward. Finally, VT Vanilla Buttercream Frosting adds just enough rich vanilla cream to be present without making this recipe overbearing. If you don’t have a severe strawberry allergy or a hatred for all things delicious, treat yourself to this beautiful creation.