Thursday, May 26, 2011

Strawberry Summer Cake

"Do you want a bite of this?"  I offered  a towering forkful of this strawberry cake to Sweetie-Pi.  "Nah, I don't think so.  I don't feel like anything sweet."  I shrugged, a little disappointed.  "Well, maybe a little bite," he said. He took a little nibble. "Yummm, this is good,"  he said.   "It's really good!"  He wedged the remainder of the cake and whipped cream into his mouth and gave me back an empty fork. Ole Sweetie-Pi showed more self-restraint than I; I ate two pieces and called it dinner.

If you like strawberry shortcake, or strawberry trifles, or just about strawberry anything, I believe you'll really like this. This is going into my keeper file and will be seen on the family groaning board when we are together next.  I can't wait to share it with them.

Reportedly, this is a good keeper, will stay fresh about two days, if properly covered, either at room temperature or refrigerated.  Let me know if this delicious cake last that long in your house, smiles.

Strawberry Cake
(originally at Martha Stewart)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more to grease the pie pan
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pound strawberries, rinsed, dried, hulled, cut in half
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Generously grease a ten-inch pie plate.**

In a small bowl  whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Then add the egg, milk, and vanilla and mix until just combined.

Add the flour mixture and mix until blended.  Transfer batter to buttered pie plate.  Batter is thick, so you may have to level it a bit with a knife or an offset spatula.

Add the strawberries, cut side down, in a single layer, as closely as possible on top of the batter.  Sprinkle the two tablespoons of sugar over the strawberries.

Bake the cake for 10 minutes at the 350*F temperature.  Then reduce the oven to 325*F about 50 to 60 minutes.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out free of batter, though it will likely have a bit of strawberry clinging to it.  

Let cool in pan on wire rack. Cut in wedges and top with your favorite whipped topping, if desired. 

**I used a deep dish 9-inch, Pyrex pie plate and it worked very well, I thought.  My cake was done at 50 minutes.


  1. Looks wonderful. I'm making this today!

  2. I really Love this look amazing! gloria

  3. Oh how you tempt me with this cake and strawberries aren't even on sale anymore here. I guess there's always next year. I have a sweet treat linky party on my blog every weekend and I hope you'll come by then and link your cake up.

  4. Ohhh Katy, I love any thing strawberry and of course I love all cake. This looks perfect with all the strawberries in season now!

  5. This is a good recipe for this time of year. Thanks.

  6. When Ole Sweetie Pie likes it, I'm pretty sure Hubby will like it...I KNOW I will like it...haha.

  7. Can't believe you made this!! I just made this last night. I found the cake on SmittenKitchen...OMG is it good. I am making it again tomorrow and bringing it to a cookout on Sunday! Great minds think alike! Have a wonderful weekend....

  8. This looks sooo delicious! I bookmarked this and hopefully whenever I can find a correct sized pie plate here I can make it!

  9. Looks wonderful..Ole Sweetie-Pie knows a good thing when he trys it:) I love the 'family groaning board'!

  10. ooooh, i wouldn't be able to stop eating this either, how delicious!

  11. Debbie, you're right! That's where I saw this originally. I remembered it was Martha Stewart. I'll have to add a link to SmittenKitchen. Isn't she one of the grooviest!

  12. This cake looks delicious... ;o)

  13. The first photo looks gorgeous! This is the perfect cake for this time of the year!. Have a great day my beautiful friend! Hugs to you :)

  14. A fabulous looking cake. I will definitely give this a try when we get our strawberries.

  15. With the strawberries available, this makes a great cake to have on hand. I could go for a bite, right now. Katy, you always come through.

  16. What a wonderful way to welcome Summer! This looks absolutely beautiful and mouth watering.. Love Strawberries and anything made out of them.thnx for sharing the recipe


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