strawberry cake with chocolate ganache and strawberry buttercream

Strawberry Marshmallow Cake – Zefir Cake


Calling all strawberry lovers – I have just the strawberry cake recipe for you! My Strawberry Marshmallow Cake, aka Russian zefir cake, is the ultimate strawberry dessert! This decadent and stunning cake is made with classic sponge cake layers, melt-in-your-mouth strawberry marshmallow layers, fresh strawberries and of course strawberry buttercream! I garnished the cake with more marshmallow and chocolate ganache. Every bite of this strawberry cake is bursting with berry flavor!

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Russian Zefir

If you’ve never tried zefir or Russian marshmallow, you are in for a real treat! This meringue marshmallow is like a little bite of heaven – so fluffy, soft and just melts in your mouth. This marshmallow recipe is different from its American cousin because it’s made with agar gelatin. This type of gelatin will set at room temperature, no refrigeration required, at it sets much quicker and firmer than regular gelatin. I have the one I use from Amazon linked below! When making zefir, make sure to follow the recipe very carefully for best results. The cooking times and measurements need to be accurate for the marshmallow to turn out well!

For my strawberry cake, I went with strawberry flavored zefir but it can be made in a large variety of flavors. My other favorites are peach and raspberry. Check out my other zefir cake below!

sliced strawberry marshmallow cake with chocolate ganache
Strawberry Buttercream

Any strawberry cake recipe needs a strawberry buttercream to go with it! For this cake, I used a regular buttercream recipe and added strawberry emulsion. It’s a thicker type of concentrated extract that also has color. It’s my favorite option for adding the most berry flavor. You can also use regular strawberry extract or a few tablespoons of strawberry preserves. If you are using preserves, make sure to add them after you have the buttercream done. Whip the butter and sugar together first, then add the preserves and mix for about 20 seconds. Overmixing can cause the frosting to separate. If you don’t like buttercream, marshmallow cake would also work really well with my ‘Berry Whipped Cream Frosting’.

slice of strawberry marshmallow cake with fresh strawberry filling
The Chocolate Ganache
The most elegant and simple finish to any cake – chocolate ganache is classic and stunning! Plus, it’s super easy to make! For a more in-depth tutorial on chocolate ganache, check out my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ episode – it’s a great technique to know for garnishing cakes, cupcakes and other desserts!
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Strawberry Zefir Torte video recipe


More Recipes!

Looking for more amazing Russian cake recipes? My newest zefir torte ‘Peach Zefir Torte’ from my new cookbook, ‘The European Cake Cookbook’ is amazing!

And, this ‘Pomegranate Pistachio Cake’ is made with pistachio sponge cake and pomegranate cream.

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Agar gelatin can be hard to find in stores; I always get this one from Amazon!
My classic KitchenAid stand mixer is a must for this recipe – it will make the process much faster and easier!
I love my classic Ateco turntable for decorating cakes!
Use these disposable pastry bags with this set of jumbo cake decorating tips.


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