Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich

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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.

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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.

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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… πŸ˜€


Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich

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WW Freestyle: 23
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time10 mins
Pound cake, sliced strawberries, mozzarella, chocolate, and basil, offer the perfect combination for a delicious grilled cheese cakewich.
Servings: 2
Calories: 302


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Strawberry Caprese Cakewich
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 361mg15%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Vitamin C 10.6mg13%
Calcium 99mg10%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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28 Responses
  1. mj

    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. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    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!

  3. Kiran @

    Grilled? Strawberry? Caprese? Cakewich? You are killing me in every delicious ways, possible πŸ˜€

  4. Kim - Liv Life

    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!!!

  5. Beth

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

  6. mjskit

    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.

  7. Liz

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

  8. Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

    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!

  9. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

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

  10. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You

    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.

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