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Monday, June 25, 2012

Strawberry Summer Cake




From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is another seasonal treat that would be perfect for the 4th of July. I made it for the first time last week with berries left from my jam making marathon. The recipe comes from Martha Stewart and it is wondrously easy to make. A simple batter is topped, actually completely covered, with strawberries that melt into it as it bakes. The finished cake looks like pockets of jam have been tucked into it. It is not overly sweet, but there is enough sugar in the cake to please those who have a sweet tooth. While Martha's directions say the cake can be kept for two days, I strongly suggest you serve it the day it is made. The cake tends to become overly moist if it sits for too long a time. I served mine soon after baking. It was scrumptious and I'll be making it again and again. I suggest you use very ripe berries to top the cake. This is a dessert that is about the fruit used to make it, and, while the cake layer is lovely,  it really is nothing more than a vehicle to support the jam-like berries. I do hope you will give this recipe a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It is, after all, "a good thing". Here's the recipe.

Strawberry Summer Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar, divided use
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate or a 9-inch springform pan.
2) Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.
3) Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.
4) Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pan. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
5) Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. If using a springform pan, let cool for 10 minute, then release sides of pan. To serve, cut cake into wedges. Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days. Yield: 8 servings.










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26 comments :

shooting star said...

definitely wasy to make..only thing is..this time not very gud quality strawberries available in my city!!

have bookmarked this and will definitely try!!


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Rumana Rawat said...

Superb looking cake...

Hovkonditorn said...

Looks good and strawberries are delicious! Have a great day!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love cakes like this! Bet it's great with blueberries too:@)

Priya said...

Wat a droolworthy cake,loving it.

Martha said...

Oh deliciousness! I wish to have a piece for breakfast! Easy cakes like this with fresh fruit are fun for summertime baking!

Pegasuslegend said...

perfect for the fourth sprinkle a few blueberries with cream and its patriot! Happy 4th!

Jenn said...

Honestly, nothing says summer more to me than strawberries! This cake looks moist and wonderful and would be perfect with a little vanilla ice cream :)

Laura Dembowski said...

This looks so great. I have been baking with strawberries a lot. It is nice to have an easy and quick cake recipe, especially one I know will be moist.

Ellen B Cookery said...

My mother-in-law used to make something very similar, but I've never had the chance to get the recipe. It's absolutely delicious! Now that I've got all this jam, I'll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

Jeanne said...

I love your blog and all of your recipes. Love Jeanne♥

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

Oooohhs and aaaahhhs for this one! That cake is lovely. Big juicy bites of strawberry - goodness gracious!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Oh Wow Nigel would just love this but he won't get it. Since retirement the scales are tipping up, they need to go back down!! Have a great day Diane

Suzie said...

Oh, I love strawberries. This looks so good and I love the simplicity of the recipe.

Dining Alone said...

Strawberries are on sale everywhere these days, this is a great way to use them! Looks delicious.

glutenfreehappytummy.com said...

what a gorgeous cake! i love how its polka-dotted with the strawberries! yum!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love cakes like this - kind of a mix and pour approach with fantastic results. I've been looking for cakes to make with strawberries, so this is next on my list.

The Slow Roasted Italian said...

Strawberry Cake, how fabulous! My mouth is watering already. YUM!

Joanne said...

I am loving fresh strawberries right now! This cake sounds lovely.

Kim said...

This cake is quite like the one I published and it was soooooooo good! Yours looks awesome. Love it, Mary!

Gingered Whisk said...

This is one of my all time favorite cakes! I make it all the time (even in winter, with frozen strawberies). It is so simple yet so delicious! Great job! :)

Rachana said...

Such a lovely strawberry cake!

France@beyondthepeel said...

I just picked strawberries this weekend. In Canada they're just making there way out. This looks like a tasty way of serving them. Gorgeous cake Marie.

Tender B. said...

Another great looking cake.

Jenna @ LittleKitchenBigFlavors said...

Beautiful cake! I love desserts with fresh fruit. This is definately going on my list of must-tries. thank you for sharing!

Viviane said...

Hello, I love your blog et the cake, thank you.

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