The local strawberries on Long Island could not be more beautiful this year—even if they’ve arrived earlier than usual due to our incredibly mild winter. There has to be some upside to Global Warming for more than just the population of Canada! These berries were an inspiration to Andrew who latched onto a recipe from that favorite of ours, “La Cucina Italiana”, in their latest issue. The literal translation of Trionfo di Fragole is “A Triumph of Strawberries” and quite honestly that really hits the nail on the head. This delicate sponge cake is light as air and lemon-y thanks to a liberal dousing with Lemoncello, the Italian liqueur. The tart strawberries are mounted atop two layers of whipped cream. Then, just for decoration, mint leaves adorn the center of the mass of strawberries atop the cake. So the minute you can, do not walk, run to make this incredibly wonderful cake. It is so delicious, I wondered how it got its name.
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