Pickled Strawberry Jam and Frosting

Strawberry Lemon Layer Cake

Strawberry Lemon Layer Cake

At New York's Milk Bar, Christina Tosi makes this towering cake every spring, when sweet and tiny tristar strawberries are in season. This is by no means an everyday cake, but it's worth the work that you'll put in, and worthy of a special occasion.Matt Taylor-Gross

We love this sweet pickled jam on everything from sandwiches to sundaes—as for the frosting, we love it straight out out of the bowl. These are just two components of Christina Tosi's towering Stawberry-Lemon Layer Cake.

Pickled Strawberry Jam and Frosting
Just two components of Christina Tosi's towering Stawberry-Lemon Layer Cake, we love this sweet pickled jam on everything from pork chops to sundaes.
Yield: makes 1 1/4 cups jam and 1 cup frosting
Time: 25 minutes


  • 12 oz. strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. pectin
  • 34 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 12 tsp. white wine vinegar
  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 14 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 18 tsp. citric acid


  1. For the pickled strawberry jam: In a blender, puree the strawberries until smooth. In a small saucepan, whisk the sugar with pectin and 12 teaspoon of the salt. Scrape the strawberry purée into the saucepan along with both vinegars, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook the jam, stirring, until thickened and glossy, 10 minutes. Remove the jam from the heat and let cool completely. Spoon 5 tablespoons of the jam into a small bowl for the frosting, and refrigerate the remaining jam for up to 2 weeks.
  2. For the pickled strawberry frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, cream the butter with the confectioners’ sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir the reserved 5 tablespoons pickled strawberry jam with the remaining 14 teaspoon salt and the citric acid. On low speed, slowly pour in the jam and then beat until smooth and fluffy, 1 minute.