- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- Zest and juice of one medium lime
- ½ cup sugar
- ¾ cup all-purpose or cake flour
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 pound fresh strawberries,
- keep 6-7 whole strawberries (about the same height)
- hulled all the other strawberries and cut into ¼ inch dice
- 4 ounces of Mascarpone or cream cheese, softened
- 1 envelope (7 grams) of unflavored gelatin powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 8 fl. oz. heavy whipping cream, well chilled
- ½ cup sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch spring-form pan with a piece of parchment paper, cut into a circle to fit perfectly on the bottom of the pan. Grease the bottom pan very well, but not do not grease the side.
- With a hand-held or stand mixer (attached with the balloon beater), beat the eggs on high speed until fluffy. Add the sugar to the eggs, gradually, and continue to beat on high until they triple in volume and forms a slowly disappearing ribbon on the surface when some of the egg mixture is lifted with a utensil and allowed to fall back into the bowl.
- Fold in salt, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Fold in the flour, ¼ cup at a time, alternately with the melted butter, one tablespoon at a time.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the cake springs back when pressed with a finger.
- Loosen the cake from the pan around the edges with a butter knife and let it cool completely inside the pan.
- Slice the cake in half horizontally with a serrated knife; set aside.
Strawberry Mascarpone Cream:
- Sprinkle the gelatin powder on the surface of the chilled whipping cream. Once the gelatin is softened, whisk the mixture just to get the gelatin to disperse; set aside. (If you want a firmer cream filling, separate out ¼ cup of the cream, sprinkle the gelatin on the surface, wait until it’s softened, and heat up the mixture in the microwave just until the gelatin is dissolved. Then mix the cream-gelatin mixture into the remaining cream.)
- With an electric mixer with the balloon beater attached, whip the cheese, sugar, and vanilla until creamy and lump-free.
- Add the cream-gelatin mixture to the cheese mixture and beat on medium-high just until fluffy and somewhat stiff, being careful not to beat the cream to the point where it turns into butter.
- Fold in the diced strawberries.
- For the ice cream filling:
- Fold the diced strawberries into the softened ice cream and proceed as instructed below.
- Place one half of the cake on the bottom of the same spring-form pan in which it was baked, cut side up.
- Cut the whole strawberries in half and stand them, cut side pressed against the side of the pan, around the edge of the cake.
- Spoon the strawberry cream mixture into the middle of the pan, pushing the strawberry halves more closely against the side of the pan as you go. The halved strawberries should be completely buried once all the cream has been spread into the middle.
- Smooth out the surface of the cream and place the other half of the cake on top. Press lightly. Cover the pan with a piece of foil and refrigerate for at least 5-6 hours.
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