For the last 3 days of cakes and muffins series, I have cakes. Had initially planned on doing 6 days of cakes for this week but husband was not on board. Then I had to chance the theme to cakes and muffins. The first cake in this series is strawberry cake. To check all the bakes I posted for this baking marathon, check here.
This is an easy recipe; preparation is very quick but long on baking. This cake needs to be baked for an hour. My cake was dense but the taste was good. I was expecting a moist cake with juices from the baked strawberries soaking the cake. After baking, strawberries were still firm. I made the cake in mid-March and my berries were not very ripe. When I went back to the original recipe and after reading and seeing the original recipe, I figured I should have used very ripe strawberries. The berries I used were just ripe. Nevertheless, we liked the cake. Below picture taken with my phone.
My nephew likes strawberries and this is another bake I tried in India. As I could not figure out my mom’s oven settings, the cake was done very quickly in less than 20 minutes and was a little dry. I had baked the cake for my older nephew but the younger one seemed to have liked it a lot. He kept on coming back for more cake. You can see him in the below picture. That is how he use to eat his breakfast and snacks; sitting down on the kitchen floor, bowl or plate in his lap. Last week when I spoke to his mom, she told me he doesn’t want to sit on the flour anymore. Now his favorite place to sit down and eat is kitchen countertop! When I baked the cake in India, after I started prepping for the cake I realized I did not have enough strawberries. I used chocolate chips to make up for the berries. When I baked it in my oven after coming to NY, I used only strawberries.
Source: Smitten Kitten
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes – 1 ½ hours
Preparation: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 60 – 70 minutes
Yields: 9" cake
- 6 tbsp. Unsalted Butter, at room temperature + more for greasing the pan
- 1 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 ½ tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar + 2 tbsp. for sprinkling on the berries
- 1 Large Egg
- ½ cup Milk
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1 lb. Strawberries, hulled & halved (if the berries are large, cut into 3-4 pieces)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Butter a 10” pie/cake pan or 9” spring form pan. I used a spring form pan.
- Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep aside.
- In a large bowl beat butter and 1 cup sugar until pale & fluffy, about 3 minutes with an electric mixer.
- Mix in egg, milk and vanilla extract until combined.
- Fold in flour mixture until smooth.
- Pour into a prepared pan; arrange strawberries on top of the batter, cut side facing down. Arrange berries as closely as possible and you may have to overlap some of the berries and that is fine. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. of sugar over the berries.
- Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 325 F and bake for 50-60 minutes until tester comes out clean. Gooey strawberries might stick to the tester and that is ok.
- Cool the cake in the pan on a wire rack.
- Cut into wedges and serve. I served it as it is but can also be served with lightly whipped cream.
Cake stayed fresh for about a day at room temperature in a loosely covered container. I made the cake in mid-March and temperatures were in the 40s.
This day in 2014: Amritsari Fish from Punjab
Events: This goes to Anniversary Meal hosted by Srivalli. And do not forget to check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 51
Priya Srinivasan says
Lil one looks cute!! hugs to him!! Strawberry studded cake-top is very gorgeous!!! i m literally drooling, thinking over your words of ripened berry juices soaking the cake, mm slurrppp!!!
Gayathri Kumar says
Your nephew looks so cute. The cake with all those strawberries on top looks stunning.....
Your nephew looks so cute. Mine too love the kitchen floor... The cake is somthing I wil like to try out this coming season.
Hugs to your nephew. The cake look very appetizing.
Your nephew sure looks like he is enjoying the cake. Nice pictures as always.
Lovely cake. Great clicks
Sneha datar says
Cute and delicious cake.
He looks adorable...Anything with strawberries goes directly to my favourite.. Such a beautiful cake.
Your nephew is so cute!! I made this before!! looks great!!
The little guy seems to enjoy the cake :-). What more can one ask for!! The picture quality of the cake is amazing and I wouldn't have believed it was taken with an iPhone!
Suma Gandlur says
Strawberry-chocolate combo sounds interesting and your cake looks great. And your nephew is a cutie. 🙂
Your nephew is adorable. Even Disha loves to sit on the kitchen counter and have her milk everyday 🙂
I made the same cake and it is coming up tomorrow 🙂 Mine turned out moist though.
I should bake it again with ripe strawberries and see how it turns out. Waiting to see your cake tomorrow
he is so cute, u talked so much about them both , so loved to see the younger one's picture here...the cake is nice, i like strawberries in cake
Vaishali Sabnani says
Cute little fellow! And the cake looks fantastic. I love the way you have presented it..the whole setup looks gorgeous...just my kinds!
your nephew is looking so cute!!!
and the cake is super inviting.. very delicious!!
Your nephew looks so adorable!..and the cake so inviting..I too had a strawberry cake on my list..dropped it knowing there is hardly any takers for cakes now!
Both the cake and ur nephew look so cute !!!