Although strawberries are available year-round, their peak season is April to June. choose bright red berries that are firm to the touch, uniform in size and show no trace of white or green. Rinse them just before using.
Fresh raspberries can be used in place of the strawberries; orange peel can be used in place of the lemon peel.
Lemon pie filling can be used in place of the lemon curd.
A strawberry huller can be used to remove the stems and centers of strawberries. They are available at kitchen specialty stores.
Garnish each slice of this cake with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream.