Strawberries & Cream Cake

by NICHOLAS AMMATURO on August 13th, 2010

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I had mentioned in my post about Terry’s Strawberry salad, that I love using seasonal items and this is another perfect use for fresh strawberries. The recipe comes from The Hungry Mouse’s arsenal of recipe posts. I have never been unhappy with anything I’ve cooked off her website.

The best way to describe this cake is that its a strawberry shortcake party in your mouth, and no I am not referring to the cartoon character although I wasn’t aware that she was a trademark of the American Greetings card company who would have thought? Why the hell is her hat soooo big??

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbls. butter (that’s 1/2 a stick), softened
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced

Oven Temp: 375 degrees F

Bake Time: 30 mins

As the Hungry Mouse had done, I used my stand mixer, but this can all be done by a hand mixer, or by hand.

DSC_0076DSC_0094 Using a pen, trace out the bottom of a 9″ pie pan and cut it out using scissors. You can just as easily cut a circle free-handed and just place it in as well. It doesn’t need to be exact. Then butter the pie pan and place the parchment round into the pan. Set the pan aside and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Next, add the sugar into the stand mixer bowl. Slice up the butter and add to the bowl as well. Crack the egg into a bowl/measuring cup, then pour into the bowl too (I always do this to prevent shells going into the mix). Using the paddle attachment on the mixer, beat well to combine.

Pour the heavy cream into the mixture, along with the flour, baking powder and salt.

Beat on High to combine, until the dough begins to come together and resembles soft cookie dough. Over mixing will result in the cake not being as moist.

Once its mixed, stir in the sliced strawberries. Stir well to make sure the strawberries are throughout the whole dough, but try not to crush them. Pour out into the prepared cake pan and smooth out with the back of the spatula or a spoon.

Bake at 375 degrees for approx 30 mins. Test doneness with a toothpick (stick it into the middle and it should come out clean).

With the cake still in the pan, cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, run a knife around the edges of the pan and the cake should easily come out. You can also keep it in the pan and serve it from there. I topped it with a little powdered sugar and served with whipped cream.

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