Happy Friday, friends! I’m currently in North Carolina on a little work trip (that also happens to be fun), and I’m thoroughly enjoying the weather down here. Even at home it has felt springlike lately, which means one thing- I’m eager to begin planning & working my garden when I get home, so I can begin planting next month. Strawberry season, one of my favorite garden timeframes, will be here before we know it and I’ve been dreaming of eating warm sun-ripened berries from the vine… that tastes like childhood to me, berry picking alongside my grandmother. While I’m away, Jordan has been testing out new cookbooks for the Tuesday Made shop and agreed to photograph a new favorite recipe for you while I’m away… strawberry sheet cake perfect for spring and hosting this season! She raved about this one and I can’t wait to try it. Click through for her recipe or pin it for later…
Jordan’s kitchen is so cute! I always love seeing what she’s up to at home… she’s constantly making updates, renovating, and restyling (sounds familiar, right?). Anyway, I hope you also enjoy peeking into her house for today’s recipe! I’m trying to convince her to share more snippets of her home here on the blog, so fingers crossed there is more to come this year.
This recipe looks mouthwatering, and I’m definitely planning to make it for my next get-together. When she was describing it to me, I was thinking- oh, ok… I’ve gotta add this to my list! Now that I’m seeing the photos, I’m totally committed. It comes from our new cookbook in the shop, Sheet Cake. It’s one I’m adding to my personal collection because it’s filled with easy, crowd pleasing, delicious desserts- for any season!
This cookbook is arranged with cake & topping suggestions & pairings, but you can also mix and match the sponge, frosting, and fillings to your liking. Jordan made the sweet yellow butter cake with a whipped mascarpone cream strawberry frosting. Just typing that sentence has me craving cake now. Ha. It really is my weakness. I’ll copy the recipe below for you…
Strawberry Mascarpone Sheet Cake
Yellow Butter Cake
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp table salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter softened
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 4 large egg yolks at room temperature
- 4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 2/3 cup buttermilk at room temperature
Whipped Mascarpone Frosting with Fresh Strawberries
- 2 cups heavy cream chilled
- 2/3 cups mascarpone
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 pinch table salt
- 2 cups strawberries sliced or crushed
Yellow Butter Cake
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour the bottom and sides of the sheet pan.
- Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and whisk until blended. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and oil on medium speed until smooth- about 1 minute. Add the sugar and continue beating on medium / high speed until fluffy and lighter in color- 2 to 3 more minutes.
- Add the eggs and 3 of the yolks, one at a time, beating until blended after each addition. Add the vanilla along with the remaining yolk. Add one-third of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended- about 30 seconds. Add another third of the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just blended- another 30 seconds. Add the remaining buttermilk and mix until just blended, 30 seconds again. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until just blended, 30 seconds longer.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and using an offset spatula, spread evenly. Bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean- 20 to 22 minutes.
- Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan. While the cake is cooling, make the frosting...
Whipped Mascarpone Frosting with Fresh Strawberries
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the cream, mascarpone, confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and salt and beat on medium / low speed until blended and smooth- about 1 minute.
- Increase the speed to medium / high and beat until firm peaks hold when the beater is lifted- about 1 to 2 minutes.
- Fold in the strawberries, then frost the cake, slice, and serve!
I think sheet cakes get a reputation for being ugly or basic, but believe me when I say- this cookbook debunks any sheet cake negativity I’ve heard. Not only does the cookbook show you how to make sheet cakes that are gorgeous and impressive (I appreciate good presentation), but there are so many interesting and easy recipes packed into this one. From rolled sheet cakes to layers and large cakes to feed a crowd, I’d like to think I’m proficient when it comes to baking (it’s one of my favorite hobbies), but I learned a LOT from browsing this particular cookbook.
There are also many recipes that would be fun and easy to make with kids. I need to invite over my little baking buddies for some of these. In the meantime, the next thing on my must-bake list is certainly this cake. It looks like the spring & summer indulgence I’ve been craving and yearning for. This would be ideal for summer barbecues, holiday weekends (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day), and family parties this season.
Here are some more of my favorite strawberry recipes to try this spring & summer…
- Strawberry and Vanilla Cream Pavlova
- Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
- Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- Strawberry Spring Salad
- Mini Fruit (Pizza) Cookies
I’ll link some of Jordan’s kitchen goods for you below! I hope everyone has a fun weekend ahead… filled with nice weather and sunshine. I’ll be enjoying North Carolina this weekend with my college roomie (I’m staying with her). It’s always fun to catch up and spend quality time with friends you don’t get to see often. I’m very much looking forward to relaxing and making up for lost time. Whatever you’re up to, have a good one!
PeggiApril 21, 2023 at 4:37 am
Good morning! Since we just celebrated the last of my spring birthday babes, this was one morning I didn’t have cake on the brain! Ha. Who am I kidding? I am basically always plotting my next baking adventure, but I haven’t made a sheet cake in years. I definitely appreciate the ease of transporting and serving and the crowd-pleasing size. I love the idea of a cake book that is organized to mix & match bases, frostings and fillings! Creating interesting flavor combinations is one of my favorite parts of baking. I also like hearing that the book is packed with information. Sounds like you chose another winner for the growing cookbook selection at Tuesday Made! Kudos to Jordan for such great styling and photos! I second your motion for more of her home content. As for your North Carolina trip, I’m so glad that, despite the craziness of your April, you were able to make it! I’m super interested to hear about it if you decide to share. And what’s better than combining a work trip with an old friend reunion! Good stuff. My weekend plans include attempting to sprint to the finish line on my bedroom project. Fingers crossed! Happy Pizza Friday, Sarah! Cheers to a great weekend! 💜
SarahApril 28, 2023 at 9:57 am
Your cakes are incredible, Peggi! I’ve always felt like sheet cakes remind me of the school cafeteria or lunch room, but I think they’re underrated based on this cookbook. Jordan is the best! I love her photos, styling, and her home. I think I’ve convinced her to share more of it with us. I’m also thankful I was able to keep my trip to NC on the calendar, and outside of my work event- I was able to catch up with my friend, which always feels so nice. We had great weather, good food, and now I’m ready to warehouse sale with a fresh attitude! Ha. How’s your bedroom project coming along?
LaurenApril 21, 2023 at 8:12 am
Good morning! I’m so intrigued by this cookbook. I thoroughly love the idea of mix & matching cakes to toppings- that sounds like a fun foray into baking for Brooke and I. Jordan’s kitchen is the sweetest, and I love her styling- that’s a yes please to more of Jordan’s home showing up on the blog. This cake looks perfectly spring and summer- my mouth is watering just reading the recipe. This weekend I’m hoping to make more progress on the front room. Drywall repairs have me stalled and I’m determined to tackle them once and for all. Other than that we’ll be soaking up the gorgeous weather and working on the yard. I finally planted my enormous pots in the front yard and the curb appeal is looking mighty fine if you ask me! Cheers to a productive weekend ahead. Have the most fun with your college roomie- there’s nothing better than mixing work and pleasure and visiting old friends!
SarahApril 28, 2023 at 9:55 am
The cookbook really is an awesome one! My mom made this recipe and raved about it after Jordan shared it. I’m going to try some after our sale. How’s it going in the front room? Drywall repairs and work is truly the worst- my least favorite part of the process. I had the best time with my friend in NC… I’m glad I was able to sneak in a couple days with her after my work obligations. We had beautiful weather and good food! No complaints here! Hope you have an amazing weekend ahead. xox
ColleenApril 21, 2023 at 9:41 am
Ooh Yum! A piece of that delicious cake would be perfect with my morning coffee. Hummm I never heard of sheet cake before and a whole cookbook dedicated to this style of cake. Wow! So intriguing. Jordan’s kitchen and styling is stunning and I love the cabinet hardware. I also plead to see more of her home on the blog, if she’s willing 😉
Have fun in North Carolina Sarah! We rolled through there last weekend and it was beautiful ❤️ Enjoy your work catching up with friends trip 🥂
I’m excited about spring so gardening will be on my agenda this weekend. Happy Friday friends 🍕 🥳💐
SarahApril 28, 2023 at 9:54 am
Really, Colleen?! Sheet cake is one of the easiest. It kind of has a lunch room reputation here in the states, but it’s delicious. Jordan’s house is so cute! She does an amazing job and I think I’ve convinced her to share more of it with us. North Carolina was beautiful! I’m glad I was able to get away for a few days before our big sale. Happy spring gardening, friend! Hope you’re having a lovely week! xo