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Servings: 10-12

Start to finish: 2 1/2 hours

Cake:

  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 large eggs (2 whole, 3 separated), room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch cream of tartar

Filling:

  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled (6 cups)
  • 4-6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch
  • Pinch salt

Whipped Cream:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream, chilled

1.  Adjust oven rack