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Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich | | #summer #recipe #dessert #cakewich #strawberries #tastesummer

Now we can resume and discuss this amazing Cakewich.


Oh, c’mon! You know?  Of course you know. It’s slices of cake filled with awesomeness and then grilled on your panini press. Make sense? It’s similar to that Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich, but not really.

You see, I had too many strawberries, a pound cake, and mozzarella cheese. What else was I going to do with all that?

Problem was solved with this Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich.

Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich | | #summer #recipe #dessert #cakewich #strawberries #tastesummer

A close family friend of ours is a restaurateur, and he happened to stop by the day that I was working on this hot mess. When he saw me “taking care” of the pound cake as I was, he gasped! What are you doing?! That’s a classic!!!

I said, look, this classic needs either an updo or a makeover. Besides, throwing jellied strawberries on top of it ain’t gonna fly on my blog, ya know?! 

Next thing you know he’s working on his second cakewich, and I’m trying to save a couple so I can take a photo or two! But you can’t be rude and say, hey, my wonderful house guest, could you stop eating that and let me photograph it! You can’t do that to just anyone. I can say it to the hubs – he can take it. He’s used to it. But when you start doing it to your guests, I think it’s safe to call Food Photographers Anonymous.

Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich | | #summer #recipe #dessert #cakewich #strawberries #tastesummer

These cakewiches, me thinks, would be mahvelous served on the 4th of July. You could even throw them on the grill.  It’s cool. Noone will tell you not to. A flip, or two later, and they will be cheesy, gooey, and very chocolaty.

And since we’re being straight forward and all, I need to tell you that I didn’t make the pound cake. It’s store-bought. Sara Lee and I go way back – college, Sara Lee’s pound cake, chocolate syrup, and canned whip cream Freshman 15 … those were the days… :-D


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Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich

Pound cake, sliced strawberries, mozzarella, chocolate, and basil, offer the perfect combination for a delicious grilled cheese cakewich.


  • 4 slices pound cake (slices should be about 1/2-inch thick)
  • 8 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 3 strawberries, sliced, divided
  • ground fresh peppercorns
  • 2 basil leaves, thinly sliced (chiffonade), divided
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted, divided
  • -or-
  • Chocolate Syrup


  • Preheat panini grill.
  • Place two slices of mozzarella on top of two slices of pound cake.
  • Add strawberries over mozzarella.
  • Season with fresh peppercorns.
  • Sprinkle with basil.
  • Add chocolate.
  • Top with remaining mozzarella slices.
  • Close the cakewich by placing the remaining slices of cake on top.
  • Place onto the hot panini press.
  • Close the press and allow it to grill for about 1 minute, or until lightly browned and cheese is melted.
  • Top with more chocolate (optional) and serve immediately.
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  1. mj September 2, 2014 at 10:26 AM - Reply

    i’m not a huge fan of chocolate so i’m thinking this with a rich balsamic vinegar as substitute. great idea on this recipe, new classic sounds right!

  2. PolaM July 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM - Reply

    Love this cakewich! Can you send me a bite?

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook July 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM - Reply

    Wait a minute, strawberry and cheese? I’ve never had this combo before!!!! My kids will be forever thankful and they will love that strawberries are in their meal (not dessert). I can’t wait to make this when I get home!

  4. Kiran @ June 29, 2013 at 6:48 PM - Reply

    Grilled? Strawberry? Caprese? Cakewich? You are killing me in every delicious ways, possible :D

  5. Valerie June 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM - Reply

    Mad-brilliant! Sara Lee and I go waaay back too. :D

  6. Kim - Liv Life June 28, 2013 at 11:14 PM - Reply

    Oh, my, OH MY!! Not really flavors I would have thought of (I’m not very adventurous), but I totally want some!! And that first shot?? Positively amazing!!!

  7. steph@stephsbitebybite June 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM - Reply

    I am all over this bad boy!

  8. Angie@Angie's Recipes June 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM - Reply

    Luscious, addictive and delectable! This is just too good to miss in life, Kate.

  9. Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 28, 2013 at 5:33 AM - Reply

    yeah that pretty amazing!! Now I need to make a cakewich!

  10. Beth June 28, 2013 at 4:56 AM - Reply

    A cakewich just sounds awesome!
    And thanks for the reminder about switching from Google Reader. I followed your link, and it’s done.

  11. mjskit June 27, 2013 at 11:06 PM - Reply

    WOW! What a sandwich! I definitely have to have one of these, at least one, but I probably wouldn’t be able to stop there.

  12. Liz June 27, 2013 at 7:03 PM - Reply

    Who knew I was a fan of cakewiches? But I am! All that gooey cheese with berries and cakes is such an irresistible combination!

  13. Emily @ Life on Food June 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM - Reply

    Oh my goodness this looks amazing. What a great idea! Now I just need to get me the cake.

  14. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking June 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM - Reply

    You sure made my day with this…my youngest one at the time he was 5 years old decided to make something similar to your recipe. He used toast with banana, cream cheese, mozzarella and topped it with nutella, but before he served us that he made it hot in the microwave O.o yea we had to eat it and it was surprisingly delicious! This is just perfection, Kate–I love the idea and pictures are mouthwatering!

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 27, 2013 at 3:45 PM - Reply

    Oh my gosh I wish we were neighbors. I would be completely fat and happy. Not to mention your personal taste tester.

  16. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 27, 2013 at 3:10 PM - Reply

    You don’t see a lot of new things these days but this is new and Genius!

  17. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 27, 2013 at 2:36 PM - Reply

    You know I can’t resist anything involving caprese!

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 27, 2013 at 2:02 PM - Reply

    How brilliant is this! All I know is, I really want a bite of your cakewich :).

  19. A_Boleyn June 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    It does look very similar to a caprese sandwich but much nicer than those yucky tomatoes. :)

  20. Ramona June 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM - Reply

    This is not only beautiful… it’s totally creative!! Amazing job. :)

  21. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You June 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    I love your delicious cakewish. How creative! In Brazil, we have a similar sandwich that combines fried bananas rolled in cinnamon and sugar, topped with melted cheese called cartola. One of my favs. Love your pics too.

    • Katerina Petrovska June 27, 2013 at 9:06 AM - Reply

      OMG! The Brazilian cakewich sounds freakin’ awesome!! I am going to make that!

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