Here’s something sweet, easy and delicious you can make to celebrate Valentine’s day or an anniversary… a strawberry log cake complete with your own “carved” initials.
This cake is easy enough for novice bakers to pull off on the first try but looks super impressive and will surely communicate that loving feeling to anyone you share this with.
Looking to celebrate a special anniversary or Valentine’s day?
This dessert is perfect to enjoy after a date night in or enjoy it as a family to celebrate your love for each other.
This roll cake serves a small group of about 8-12 depending on how large you slice it. So you can save some to eat for breakfast the next day if you’re enjoying this dessert as a party of two.
Made Using Cake Mix
I’m a big fan of saving time with cake mixes and doctoring them a bit. This incorporates real strawberries, no fake strawberry flavoring. So the flavor is light a fresh similar to strawberry shortcake or strawberry sponge cake.
You can also save time using canned frosting but it’s not that hard to make your own frosting if you prefer that. Up to you.
For the filling, I highly recommend using a very specific frosting called “fluffy frost.” It’s like a cross between vanilla buttercream frosting and marshmallow fluffy. It has marshmallow flavor yet has the light and fluffy texture of frosting. So good! And is a great pair with the fresh strawberries.
Here’s what it looks like:
For the buttercream icing that goes on the outside of the log cake, again, you can buy that or make it. If you want to make it, you can use my recipe for chocolate buttercream frosting, just leave out the cocoa.
This cake is easy to make yet somewhat time consuming.
Follow the directions step-by-step and you’ll be fine. But be sure to leave yourself an hour to tackle all the steps and allow proper baking and cooling times which will be key to success on the first try. You got this!
Adding a Heart and Your Initials to Create a Carved Branch Look
You can add just a heart or your initials or both to this strawberry log cake. Up to you and how detailed you want to get here.
To add a heart, use a small spatula or a clean finger to press and smooth a heart shape into the frosting of the cake. Then dab red food coloring around the edge of the heart shape with a toothpick. Next, using your clean finger, or a small spatula, blend the red food coloring toward the middle of the heart to fill it in.
To create initials, slice long thin pieces of strawberry skin and shape them into letters. You could also try carving letters with toothpick and filling it with food color but I find the strawberries create a cleaner look. It just take a little time and patience.
Love roll cakes?
I do too! They’re so pretty, moist, and full of flavor. But best of all they’re really easy to make using cake mix and you can get creative with trying different cake and icing flavor combinations once you’ve made a few.
Check out my holiday yule log recipe for a chocolate version of this log cake.
Helpful Tools for Making this Strawberry Roll Cake
Here are a few tools that will make things easier, less stressful and probably more fun:
- 12″ x 18″ baking pan, silicone liner and cooling rack set
- Baking spray (with flour)
- Linen dishtowels
- Silicone spatula
- Valentine cake toppers
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