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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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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 fluted tube cake
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Generously grease a fluted tube pan (such as a Bundt®).

  • 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.

  • Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • 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.

  • Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes before inverting to turn cake out onto rack to cool completely.

  • 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.

  • Just before serving, stir strawberries with balsamic syrup in a bowl; spoon berries and syrup over the cake. Sprinkle cake with fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts

587 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 75.4g; fat 29.4g; cholesterol 105.7mg; sodium 656.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2012
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2012
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. Read More
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8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2012
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. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2012
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. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2014
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. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2017
The cake was excellent the balsamic strawberry I thought sounded good and then I heard one of the mechanics at my husbands work refer to the sauce as motor oil. So recommend another sauce or a lighter version of this one Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2019
This was really good and has a fresh taste to it. Would be great for those that don't really care for icing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2016
Very nice moist cake not too sweet. The basil and balsamic vinegar flavours were unique and tasty. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2016
The Basil cake was delicious. I could eat it without the strawberries as well as with the balsamic berries. Definitely will do this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/18/2016
My mom loves strawberry shortcake...I will be making this cake for her next birthday. The basil gives it a lemony flavor it's very moist and the tangy strawberries are very refreshing. I tried sifting powdered sugar over the top but it disappeared due to the moisture in the cake. Awesome! Read More