Fresh Fruit and Pastry Cream Birthday Cake

    3 hours 45 minutes

    Homemade birthday cakes are the best! I prepared this one for my husband's 40th and it was so delicious that I decided to share the recipe! The cake is an Italian sponge cake or 'pan di Spagna'. It's made without any raising agents or butter making it lovely and light. Instead of sweet frosting or icing, I covered the cake with crème pâtissière and fresh fruit.

    2 people made this

    Makes: 1 sponge cake

    • Sponge Cake
    • 6 eggs, room temperature
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 180g granulated sugar
    • 180g plain flour
    • Pastry Cream
    • 600ml milk, divided
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 80g caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 60g flour
    • To Decorate
    • 100ml orange juice
    • 300g strawberries, sliced or other fresh fruit

    Preparation:1hour  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:2hours  ›  Ready in:3hours45min 

    1. Sponge Cake: Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Lightly grease and flour a 25cm cake tin.
    2. Place the eggs in a large bowl then add salt and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer for 10 to 15 minutes, gradually adding the sugar as you beat, about one spoonful at the time. After 10 minutes they will look whipped enough but if you keep beating, you will notice they will whip up even more and become really fluffy.
    3. Fold in the flour, a bit at the time, using a plastic spatula or wooden spoon. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. After 25 minutes, check if a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Otherwise cook for a further five minutes. Turn off the oven; leave the cake inside with the door ajar for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before filling or decorating.
    5. Pastry Cream: Heat 300ml of milk over low heat until lukewarm.
    6. Beat the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract together in a large bowl. Whisk in warm milk gradually. Whisk in flour and remaining 300ml milk. Pour into a saucepan and cook over low heat for a few minutes, whisking continuously until the sauce has thickened.
    7. Remove from heat and transfer into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming and leave to cool. Transfer to the fridge to chill.
    8. To Decorate: Use a long bread knife to slice the cake horizontally. Spoon orange juice evenly over the cut side of each sponge. Cover one half with some of the pastry cream and fresh strawberries, set the other half on top and cover with top and sides of the cake with remaining pastry cream.
    9. Decorate the top with fresh fruit, shaping them into a number or name.
    10. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving.

    Recently Viewed

    Reviews and Ratings
    Global Ratings:

    Reviews in English (1)


    Superb!!! cake , i love this recipe and thanks to you for giving this super recipe. I will try this recipe recently. Thanks!!! Other site from which we make such wonderful cakes at various occasion is :  -  05 Sep 2017