1 cup half & half
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
2-8 oz pkgs cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 pint whipping cream
red food coloring (if desired)
1 pint of fresh strawberries, cleaned and sliced
Heat half & half in a saucepan until boiling, add butter and set aside. In a bowl blend sugar, vanilla and eggs, beat at high speed until mixture is very light and fluffy. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt, add egg mixture, then add half & half mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Pour batter into a well greased and floured springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool slightly and remove from pan. Let cool completely then cut cake into three even layers.
Brush away any loose crumbs. Whip the cream cheese until very smooth, beat in the powdered sugar and whipping cream, until mixture is creamy and fluffy. You may add a few drops of food coloring if desired to tint frosting.
Spread frosting between each layer, place sliced strawberries on each layer. Then spread remaining frosting on top and sides of assembled cake. Garnish with strawberries on top and on sides.
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