Yogurt Cake with Strawberries and Cream

Taken from "Yogurt Cake with Strawberries & Cream" from Pastrystudio
Strawberry season is upon us!  There is truly nothing like the onset of spring and the first appearance of gorgeous strawberries.  Their bright red color and luscious flavor are a most welcome addition to our pastry toolbox.  They are the first to appear in our long and lovely parade of fresh fruit this time of year, so each spring I know I have to begin the celebration with strawberries. 
As usual, I like to keep things simple.  Strawberries need no fancy work up.  A simple cake and some whipped cream enhance them quite deliciously.  This cake is made with yogurt, orange and lemon zest and canola oil.  I also add a dash of olive oil, just enough for a bit more flavor but not too much that it overwhelms the delicate flavor of the strawberries.  Whipped cream swirled with sugared strawberries fill the center.  In the end, what sounds and looks like a plain affair is in truth really quite luxurious.  A very good way to kick off our slide into spring.

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Here’s to the beginnings of a wonderful spring season full of fresh berries, cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums and figs!