Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Summer Strawberry Cake

Another lovely.....courtesy of Deb at Smitten Kitchen. I decided that we needed something yummy to make the house smell amazing tonight, and this strawberry cake does just that. A delicious, easy, one bowl dessert. Perfect for whipping up after the kiddos are in bed, for a surprise dessert for tomorrow night's dinner.... That is, if it lasts that long!

Summer Strawberry Cake
just barely adapted from Smitten Kitchen

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 cup minus 1 T. Sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar for topping
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch pie pan or 9-inch deep-dish pie pan.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.

Pour into prepared pie plate. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer. sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries

Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake cake until golden brown and a tester comes out free of wet batter, about 50 minutes to 60 minutes. Let cool in pan on a rack. Serve with whipped cream or cool whip.


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