Saturday, June 25, 2011

Martha's Strawberry Cake



"Strawberry Shortcake, Huckleberry Pie........V-I-C-T-O-R-Y". Now do a cartwheel and a split.

This cake was SO easy and SO delicious, made with local strawberries.



If you remember, I made this cake last summer, but used cherries & almonds. This time I stuck to Madame Stewart's original recipe, using gorgeous fresh strawberries, but liked Mary's addition of orange zest & almond extract.

The heck with strawberry shortcake, this cake was as good, if not better, and a helluva lot easier.



Summer Strawberry Cake (by way of Martha & One Perfect Bite)

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
2 tablespoons turbinado (raw) sugar (for the top)

In a medium sized bowl, mix the flour, baking powder & salt.

In a large bowl, cream your sugar together with the egg and the butter.

Gradually mix in your flour and add the milk, zest and extracts, mixing until a nice thick yellow batter turns out.

Pour your batter into a greased 9" pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle raw sugar over the top.



Bake at 325F for 40-50 minutes until golden and firm to the touch.



Let cool and serve with whipped cream.



Loved.

This cake should only be made in June when strawberries are PERFECTLY beautiful!
(I have spoken).



11 comments:

Susan said...

Stacey,
Wow, I almost made this yesterday while coming across it in an old issue of Martha's mag. Instead I made a sour cherry slab pie.
I thought this cake would be pretty with some blueberries, too. Perfect for the 4th!
Susan

Karinvd said...

That looks delicious. And so easy indeed! I do have some strawberries waiting to be eaten. If I can get to them before the children do I might make this pie today :)

Proud Italian Cook said...

I made this about 3 weeks ago but it wasn't as photogenic as yours, I think I went overboard with the strawberries!

Valerie said...

This is the perfect idea for my menu today ! My parents-in-law are coming for lunch and love strawberries... Thanks !

(I come from "What Katie ate" 's blog)

You have a nice blog, I'll read you back !

Valerie, Belgium

janice15 said...

I have been wanting to make this as well..it looks divine and very yummy..thank you for showing it..I love all your food I come all the time to see whats new..I'm a new blogger @ spoonwither.blogspot.com have a great day Janice

Joanne said...

I much prefer this to strawberry shortcake also! Especially with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side.

All Things Yummy said...

Yum, looks delicious.

The Café Sucré Farine said...

How pretty! We are past strawberry season (southern US) but I bet this would be fabulous with blueberries as well.

Valerie said...

I made the cake on Sundy, it was PERFECT ! Thank for the recipe, it will becomes a favorite at home ! I shared the recipe (and mentionned your blog) on mine, thanks again !

The Japanese Redneck said...

A cartwheel and the splits? Only when I'm dreaming. I couldn't do those as a kid!

That cake would make me jump up and down. I have not problems doing that.

Jonny said...

you have spoken, we have listened, but our puny city strawberry plants only produced about 8 berries so far, and it would be a distressing little cake with so little fruit! Still, my guess is that it would be delicious with any berry, no? Looks beautiful, by the way. Lovely plating.