Feb 24, 2015

Swedish Summer Cake Recipe / Strawberry Cream Cake Recipe

This is one of nigella lawson's recipe, i came across this recipe when i was going through my favourite cookbook, Nigella Kitchen. I fell in love with it instantly and guess what i was in the kitchen the next minute. Since i had all the ingredients on hand, i was able to make it. 

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This cake may look complicated because of the various steps. But it is so easy to put together. I divided the making of the cake in two days. First day, i made the cake and the custard filling. I put the custard filling in fridge and i left the cake at room temp. The next day i whipped up some cream and did the strawberry layer and put together the cake in a matter of minutes..This cake is so tasty you can never resist it.

The original recipe calls for the homemade custard sauce made with eggs, but i used readymade store bought custard powder to make things less complicated and i dont want to add extra eggs in the custard as well, since the cake has eggs in them.

The sweet custard and strawberries between layers of sponge cakes taste like heaven. This cake is called swedish summer cake which comes from sweden, they do this on summer with the berries which are available in those season. I used strawberries, you can use raspberry, blackberry or even blueberries if you can get your hands on them..

This cake fits for any special occasion, or you can make anyday special with this cake.. Hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turns out for you..

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Baking Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Makes : 8 slices


For Cake:
Eggs - 3
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup / 250 grams (powdered)
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 cup / 120 grams
Warm Water - 1/3 cup / 80 ml
Baking Powder - 1 1/2 tsp

For Custard Filling:
Milk - 2 cup
Readymade Custard Powder - 3 tblspn
Sugar - 4 tblspn

For Strawberry Layer:
Strawberries - 2 cup chopped roughly +few more for topping
Sugar - 3 tblspn

For Whipped Topping:
Whipping Cream / Fresh Cream - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 tblspn (Powdered)


For the Cake:

Preheat oven to 180 Degree C. Line a 20 cm round cake tin with parchment paper, butter the side and bottom of the tin. Set aside till use.

Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside. Warm the water in a sauce pan, set aside.

Take eggs, sugar in a big mixing bowl, use a beater to whip this up till it is fluffy and pale in colour.

Slowly add in warm water and use the beater to whip this up.

Add in the sifted flour and fold gently. Once it is combined, pour this into the baking pan and bake this for 25 to 30 mins. 

Now remove the cake from oven and let this cool completely. 

For Custard Filling:

Take custard powder, sugar and 1/2 cup milk in a bowl. Mix well using a whisk.

Take the remaining milk in a sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, add the custard milk mix slowly and keep mixing. It will get thick.

Remove this to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, make sure the plastic touches the custard filling. Chill this till it is cold.

For Strawberry Filling:

Take strawberries, sugar in a bowl and mix well. Leave this to sit for 10 mins. 

Now the strawberry must have given lots of its juices and become saucy. Set aside.

For Whipped topping:

Take whipping cream, sugar in a bowl. Use a beater to whip this till it is stiff.

Put this in fridge till use.

For Assembling:

Take the cooled custard filling, add a dollop of whipped cream in this and fold gently. Set aside.

Take the cooled cake, slice it into three equal slices.

Take once slice on a plate, spoon some custard filling, spoon some strawberey filling, place another cake and repeat this till third layer. Now over the third layer, spoon the whipped cream and arrange fresh strawberries on top.

Chill this for a hour before serving.

Take all your ingredients

Line  a round baking pan with parchment paper and
brush it with oil or butter 
Take flour in a sifter

add in baking powder

Sift them and set aside
Mean while warm some water, the water
should be only warm, not hot

Crack open eggs in a large bowl

add in powdered sugar

use a electric beater and whip this up
now it is nice and pale

now pour in the warm water

whip again

Now add in the flour mix

fold gently

pour the entire batter in a round cake pan

Bake them..Now let this cool down completely

Lets make the custard sauce

Take custard powder in a bowl

add in sugar

pour in some milk

mix well, so no lumps are formed

Now take the remaining milk in a sauce pan and
bring it to a boil

add in the custard mix

mix well..keep mixing till it gets thick

like this

pour this in a bowl

cover with plastic wrap, make sure the plastic touches
the custard, this way a skin wont form on the top
now take strawberries 

chop them roughly and take it in a bowl

add in sugar

mix well and set aside for 10 mins

this is how it looks after 10 mins
now take some whipping cream in a bowl and
1 tblspn of powdered sugar

whip them

now it is thick..set aside

Now the custard must have cooled, add a dollop of
cream into the custard and fold gently

look how light it looks
Now invert the cake

peel off the parchment paper

Use a knife to slice the cake in three equal parts

Place one cake on a serving plate

spoon some custard filling

spread it out

spoon some of the strawberries

place another cake on top

spread custard sauce

spoon some strawberry filling

place another cake on top

spread with the whipped cream

spread evenly

now arrange some strawberries on top

look at those beautiful layers



  1. Excellent. ..nice explanation. ..keep up the good work...

  2. Wow wow super cake ....awesome ....there is no oil or butter in cake is it true....totally fatless cake ....hats off to u...I want to tell u in FB there is euphoric delights pls post ur recipes in that ...so many people will try n they will be happy

  3. Love your recipes its easy to make and your instructions are easy to follow. Very talented. Thanks and good luck :)

  4. You have an amazing gift at cooking and baking. Keep up your good work of making happy tummies.

  5. me live in sweden i try tiz really yummy

  6. I made this cake for a dinner party and must say it was a huge success. its a yummy recipe and you had explained the stages really properly. I really loved this cake for all its sweetness and the tangy taste of strawberries which really come together beautifully. Now i am an avid follower of your blog. keep up the good work

  7. I luv all ur recipes..i started bakin frm ur recipes..i made this cake..but my cake was hard..is it becoz i didnt whip the egg nd sugar properly?for how long should i whip it..nd also for how long should i whip the mixture aft pouring water??sry for the silly queries..im new bakin that is why..thnx

  8. @sabrina ahmedyes whipping the eggs with sugar till it is fluffy is the key for softness, it makes the cake rise..

  9. thanks for the awesome recipe
    plz plz tell me my baking oven is out of order these days can i make it in microwave oven??
    if yes then for how many mins?

  10. thanks for the awesome recipe
    plz plz tell me can i make this cake in the microwave oven
    as my baking oven is out of order
    if yes then for how many mins

  11. @samanif u have microwave convection oven, you can bake, same time

  12. Aarthi can i make it without eggs

  13. @AnonymousYes u can, but you to use my eggless vanilla cake as the base

  14. Hi Aarthi pl send me the link for eggless vanilla cake or pl post it on ur wall once again
    Thanks & regards

  15. @Anonymoushere is the linkhttp://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/07/eggless-vanilla-cake-recipe-eggless.html

  16. Thanks a lot Aarthi

  17. Can we add tutti fruity to this baked cake? Sorry for asking the off beat question!!!...I wanted to bake the tutti fruity cake with egg recipe and find this cake easier to bake..wanted to know if it would go with it..thanks..

  18. @Anantayes you can add tutti fruits in them too

  19. hi aarthi..want to try this cake fr my sis birthday but dont have strawberries...which other fruit wud go well with the custard.. apple mayb?..do we hv to follow the same method as we do for strawberries?

  20. @Anonymousyou can use any fruits as you like

  21. Ok..grt..thanks aarthi..

  22. Hi !! the cake looks wonderful !! am gonna try this one . . can u pls tell me if it is ok to bake this cake without oil, butter, curd ? will this cake not get dry soon ? please reply . . am planning to do this this weekend

  23. @arun prasaththe recipe is good. the cake will get moist when u pour the strawberries over it and it will be moist since it is covered with fresh cream. You can brush some sugar water over the cake if you want to

  24. Hi Aarthi,

    The cake looks yummm.. Planning to prepare it. :) Had two questions :D

    1. Is it ok if I dont use the parchment paper while baking. Or it is necessary?
    2. Can I keep the cake in the fridge after its done, or normal room temperature should be ok?

  25. One more question Aarthi.. Can this cake be done with any other flour other than maida?
    Not aware of the All Purpose Flour. :|

  26. Why do we add warm water....

  27. Baked Swedish summer cake for my birthday and it was simply super.. the more it is in custard the yummier it is and all of us had a yummy tummy.. thanks a lot for the recipe.. I didn't get strawberries so I put cherries but I don't think it matters as it made my day extra spl...


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