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Our list of favorite strawberry sweets to enjoy while the season is fresh. (Photo by Mark Gilliland)

This year, Dayton’s annual Tennessee Strawberry Festival is scheduled for May 12. But locals don’t have to wait until then to try a slice of fresh strawberry cake. There are a number of restaurants in the region already serving spring’s favorite sweet, sourced from fresh Florida berries. Here are a few favorites:

  • Acropolis’ triple-layer “strawberry patch” cake, featuring chopped berries and thick white icing, is made from a family recipe more than 30 years old.
  • Track’s End’s strawberry cake is a light, spongy and decadently fruity option, baked fresh daily. It’s a customer favorite and goes quickly, so be sure to call the restaurant first to check availability.
  • Countryside Cafe’s strawberry shortcake is made with scratch-made, biscuit-like shortcake, whipped cream and a heap of juicy halved strawberries.
  • The Chef and his Wife’s double-layer strawberry cake is baked with chunks of fresh fruit and smeared with creamy white frosting. Best of all, it can be included in your at-home delivery order.

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