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Strawberry Marzipan Comfort Cake

June 29, 2020

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Easy to make and so-o delicious! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Fresh sweet summer strawberries, find their way into this easy, yet elegant dessert. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Look at how light and moist this cake is. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here's a close-up, so you can see the small sliver of marzipan (down the middle), that adds that sensational touch of flavor. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
A summer menu of shrimp appetizers, room temperature sturgeon with capers, simple crisp summer salad and this tempting strawberry marzipan cake. All accompanied with icy Pino Grigio. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
As simple as it is, this is a cake to be reckoned with. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1 can (8 ounces) marzipan (more if you wish)

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup canola oil

1 or 2 Tablespoons sugar

1 cup sour cream

12 ounces fresh strawberries, or frozen, or more (optional)

Powdered sugar for dusting, later (optional)

Easy to find ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Slice enough strawberries to get 18 or 19 slices for top of cake. Chop the rest of the strawberries to be used as filling. Figure about 4 or 5 slices out of one whole berry.
  3. Sprinkle a little flour on a pastry surface, and roll out the marzipan, into a circle the same size (or just slightly smaller) as the baking pan. Use the baking pan as a large cookie cutter to make the circle of marzipan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until they turn pale yellow. (by hand or electric beaters)
  5. Add sour cream and oil and beat until well combined
  6. Using a medium size strainer, sift through it, the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until the batter is smooth
  7. Using a round, spring-form cake pan, grease it, then line it with parchment paper. Oil the parchment paper with soft butter
  8. Pour half the batter into the pan, then add the marzipan circle on top of the batter. If the marzipan breaks, no problem, just try to cover the batter with marzipan.
  9. Next add half of the chopped strawberries over the marzipan circle.
  10. Now, add the rest of the batter, using a spatula to scrape out all of the batter, from the bowl.
  11. Cover the batter with the strawberries, sliced just for the top of the cake.
  12. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Keep your eye on the cake, after 45 minutes, to be sure it doesn't burn.
  13. Allow to cool completely. Then run a knife around the outside of the cake, take pan apart and carefully transfer cake to a beautiful serving plate. If you want to make a ring of strawberries around the cake, go ahead. Be sure to serve with whipped cream, cool whip, vanilla ice cream or nothing at all. I can assure you, this cake actually needs nothing at all. Sort of like gilding the lily.
Slice 4 or 5 strawberries, then chop the rest. Use the chopped for the middle filling and the sliced, to be arranged over the top of the cake before baking. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
To the egg mixture, add sour cream and beat until smooth. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Next, add the oil to the bowl and beat to combine. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Into a medium to large sieve, add all of your dry ingredients and using a spoon or spatula, stir the dry ingredients in the sieve, so that they filter through the sieve and into the mixing bowl. Beat all ingredients until very smooth. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Final beating of dry ingredients into wet. Beat until the batter is smooth and ready to pour into the cake pan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Grease your spring-form cake pan, cut a circle of parchment paper and with soft butter grease the paper. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Onto the parchment paper, add one half of the batter. (just use your eye to measure). ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
On wax or parchment paper, roll out the marzipan, as well as you can, into a circle. If it sticks, dust the surface with a little flour. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
To cut the marzipan into a circle, use as your cutter, a large plate, or your cake pan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
This beautiful circle, did NOT come about the first time making this cake. It took several attempts. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Carefully, lay the marzipan circle over the first half of the batter, already poured into the cake pan. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
I want you to see what the first attempt at making a marzipan circle, looked like, as it got placed over the first half of the batter; pretty ragged, right? The good news is, no matter how forlorn the marzipan looks, this in NO WAY, changes the fabulous flavor of the outcome. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Over the marzipan circle, place the strawberries. This is a photo taken before I realized that the strawberries over marzipan, should be chopped, for better distribution of flavor. Simple, learning through doing. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Over the strawberries and marzipan in the middle of cake, add the rest of the batter. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Finally, add sliced strawberries over the top of cake, before going into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Here, top layer of strawberries has been completed and about to go into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Going into oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
The results will make you want to create this dessert over and over again. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Is your mouth watering? ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Our favorite chilled Pino Grigio. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

We've been so moved by the peaceful marching throughout American cities for over two weeks running, that we began to play the following music by one of our favorite African-American musicians.

1. The great Louis Armstrong - Trumpet and Vocal - Black and Blue (words & music by Fats Waller)

2. The great Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World (The song was written by Bob Thiele and composer George David Weiss)

3. The great Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World (The song was written by Bob Thiele and composer George David Weiss)

You might find the film, The Human Stain (book by Philip Roth), as stimulating as we did, this weekend. Two great actors give memorable performances: Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins

You can carry on, the torch of peace and brotherhood and simply live by the Golden Rule!

Bon Appetit!

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Have a Great Week Everyone!

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