Recipe courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar
Show: Unique Eats
Episode: Old School
1 hr 40 min
45 min
12 cakes


  • 8 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 6 egg yolks 
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 12 ounces milk 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 8 cups strawberries, quartered
Mascarpone Cream:
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
Basil Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Ice water
  • 1 cup simple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup 


For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the yolks in two additions, scraping well with a rubber spatula after each. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of the milk and vanilla, waiting until everything is incorporated before each and scraping down the bowl.

Scrape the batter onto a jelly-roll pan lined with parchment paper. Spread with a spatula until very even. Bake for 17 to 18 minutes. When it has cooled to room temperature, refrigerate until cold.

For the cream: Meanwhile, whip together the cream, mascarpone and sugar until it reaches the consistency of sour cream. Do not over-whip; it will thicken up as it sits.

For the basil syrup: Blanch the basil in boiling water for 15 seconds, then immediately shock in ice water. Puree the leaves in a blender with the simple syrup and corn syrup until very smooth. Strain if necessary.

For assembly: Cut the cake into desired size, such as 3- to 4-inch circles or squares. Carefully slice in half horizontally. Put bottom halves on a plate, add basil syrup, a layer of strawberries, a scoop of mascarpone cream, more strawberries, basil syrup and top with the remaining cake halves.

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.

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