Saturday, July 18, 2020

Summer Strawberry Cake #Recipe @PegCochran

I wanted to make something with fruit for a special dessert. I originally thought of blueberries but they had become quite expensive.  Strawberries however were quite reasonable still.  So I searched for a good strawberry cake or cobbler to make.  I've forgotten where I found this particular recipe--I think it might have been Taste of Home.

It's quite easy to make.  The batter goes into a pie plate and sliced strawberries are arranged on top.  If you want the strawberries arranged in a perfectly even and neat way, don't look at me.  If you want someone who will obsess over the arrangement and still mess it up, I'm your man.  Fortunately it tastes great no matter how the strawberries are arranged!


1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 TBL unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 TBL sugar, divided
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
Approximately 3/4 lb of strawberries (more or less)

Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter or spray a 9-inch deep dish pie pan or 9-inch square cake pan.

Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and 1 cup of the sugar until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. 

Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. 

Add the flour mixture gradually, alternating with the milk, and beat low until smooth. The batter will be quite thick.

 Who licks the bowl and beaters at your house?

Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and arrange the strawberries on top, cut side down to cover the batter. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over the strawberries.

Bake for ten minutes, then reduce the heat to 325°F and bake until the cake is lightly golden, about an hour. 

Cake can be served with whipped cream or ice cream. 

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    1. Hmm Did something odd since it's showing me as Unknown.

    2. Since the batter covers most of the berries, it looks like the edge is the most important visually.
      Looks yummy, no matter what.