Basil Cake with Balsamic Strawberries Recipe -
Basil Cake with Balsamic Strawberries Recipe
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Basil Cake with Balsamic Strawberries

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"I developed this cake for an Easter party and it was beautiful! It was a refreshing new blend of flavors and now I use fresh herbs as often as I can when I making desserts! This cake sits well. You can serve the berries on the side as well."

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Original recipe makes 1 fluted tube cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Generously grease a fluted tube pan (such as a Bundt®).
  3. Stir vegetable oil, eggs, and sour cream in a large bowl until thoroughly combined; stir in cake mix, instant vanilla pudding mix, and basil until batter is smooth.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake until the cake is lightly browned at the edges and a toothpick inserted into the thickest part of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  6. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes before inverting to turn cake out onto rack to cool completely.
  7. Stir balsamic vinegar with sugar in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until vinegar syrup is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool syrup to room temperature.
  8. Just before serving, stir strawberries with balsamic syrup in a bowl; spoon berries and syrup over the cake. Sprinkle cake with fresh mint.
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May 16, 2012

I tried this recipe because it was so different from other cake recipes. My husband likes it so much he had two pieces. The only thing I did different was to add Splenda to the strawberries and let them sit so they could blend together. I thoughly enjoyed the way the flavors blended together when you took a bite.

Jun 11, 2012

I was hesitant about this cake. I am sorry but IMO, basil does not belong in cake. The basil does come through in the flavor but my friends and I did't care for it. And am not sure why everyone seems to be crazy for strawberries and Balsamic vinegar. Not a fan here either. I feel bad I couldn't get on board about this recipe Jenn.


3 Ratings

Jul 07, 2014

I made a sour cream pound cake from scratch, using the same number of eggs, butter, vanilla, and the basil, then made the balsamic strawberries as directed. It was delicious. I really liked that it was not overly sweet, and the basil was very subtle but added a nice herbal note. I took it to a zoo concert and shared with my friends and total strangers; universal thumbs way up.


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  • Calories
  • 587 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 75.4 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 106 mg
  • 35%
  • Fat
  • 29.4 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 7.3 g
  • 15%
  • Sodium
  • 656 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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