Celebrate summer’s arrival with fresh strawberries and billows of cream on this moist cake! Quick, easy, delicious and made from just a few simple ingredients, this strawberry cake is definitely a keeper of a recipe. Satisfy your warm-weather cravings with fruit-filled desserts and frozen summer sweets.
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Strawberry Shortcake has to be one of the girls’ favourite cakes — the dreamy strawberry flavour is definitely pronounced, with bites of fresh strawberries throughout. “This cake is just too adorable”, said Amy when she was decorating the delicious layer with a lightly sweet cream cheese frosting, “It is such a pleasure to create something delightful. This is exactly why I am and will always be passionate at cooking.”
Your Strawberry Shortcake is Waiting
Recipe from Amy Zhong (Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney)
— 1 quart strawberries, sliced
— 1/2 cup butter
— 1/2 cup white sugar
— 1/2 cup milk
— 2 eggs, separated
— 2 cups all-purpose flour
— 2 cups sweetened whipped cream
— 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Put eggs and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the batter alternately with the milk. Blend in vanilla and mix in melted butter.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder together into a medium bowl.
3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. 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 pie plate on a wire rack.
4. For the frosting:
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1/4 cup of the strawberry puree and the strawberry extract. (The rest of the puree is leftover but can be used in smoothies or on ice cream for a delicious treat.) Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until smooth.
5. Spread frosting in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish with sliced fresh strawberries, if desired.
“it was the one of the simplest, prettiest, most delicious cakes I’d ever made.”
*NOTE* If you can’t find small strawberries; raspberries would work well for the decor also as they are tiny and look cute cut in half.
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