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Strawberry Summer Cake

Before I get to the recipe for this delicious Strawberry Summer Cake, I wanted to say thank you for all the feedback on my previous post. If you missed it I asked what you thought the ideal amount of posts per week was appropriate for a blog. I am still mulling it over. Jo-Anna sent me a great link from Will Work for Followers that addressed this very issue. Check it out here if you would like to see his answer for the ideal posting frequency. I was leaning towards trying out posting every other day, but after reading Dan's post I am still trying to decide if every day will be better for growing my blog. Who knows? I sure don't.

Anyways, on to the cake!

I ran across the beautiful pictures at Milk & Honey and decided this would be the perfect way to use up the strawberries I had left over from making freezer jam. May I just say that I hate my stupid oven. It can run anywhere from 100 to 200 degrees hotter than it should, then when I made this cake, I pulled it out after an hour in the oven and it was a lukewarm batter. Bah! This is why I don't bake very often, my oven is so frustrating.  

I thought that it was delicious, but I have come to discover that I prefer strawberries uncooked. If I make this again I would probably switch it to raspberries instead. The batter was moist and delicious, and a sprinkling of sugar on top of the cake gives it a nice crunchy crust after it bakes. You will want to serve this with either whipped cream of vanilla ice cream to make it extra delicious.

Strawberry Summer Cake
Makes on 10" round cake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.

2. Put butter 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; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.

3. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

4. 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. Cut into wedges. Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days.

Source: Martha Stewart, Smitten Kitchen and Milk & Honey

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  1. I love this time of year..Strawberries turn up every place you look. This cake looks so darn yummy!

  2. Ummmmm. That looks good. I want to reach right into my monitor and I have strawberries in the frig that are calling to be eaten. )
    Visting via BNOTP.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  3. What a beautiful cake! I want to try making it, maybe with a whole grain flour.


    This is heaven on a plate! I'm pregnant and obsessed with strawberries so this is killing me! I want some BAD!

  5. How lovely. We're clearly thinking along the same wavelength today ~ yummy cakes that you can eat for breakfast. After all, there is fruit in there!

  6. Wish I'd seen this last week, we had a ladies tea party on Saturday at church and the theme for this month was strawberry recipes in honour of Wimbledon.

  7. This might be perfect for Fourth of July this weekend. And a great use of delicious strawberries.

  8. This looks delish! I have a similar receipe that I've had for years and call it Strawberry Shortcut Cake. Thanks for the reminder & will be trying out your receipe!

  9. Okay I am sold..this looks delicious and what a great summer treat!

    XO Lindsay

  10. I will also check out that article. Posting every day is tough...I am trying to figure out what is best as well.

  11. That cake looks absolutely delicious -- and it's so pretty, too!


  12. oh.. so nice post.)
    Love your blog.))

    I now spend a survey of bloggers with such questions.
    1. Why did you create a blog?
    2. For whom you taking him? Want to be popular?
    3. How long will it keep going?

  13. LOVE Strawberries! Especially in the summer! This cake looks amazing!!

  14. Now that's a pretty cake! I'd say it's time to hunt down a new stove on Craigslist--when you can bake so well, it's a travesty to have an oven that won't cooperate!

  15. love this one!! looks yummy:)

  16. this looks delicious! i actually love cooked strawberries! i made some light strawberry cream cheese muffins awhile back! check them can always change them out for raspberries in that recipe too! :) I am a new follower!

  17. @ Marybeth - Thank you :)

    @ Becolorful - Thanks!

    @ Desiree - I hope you let me know how it turns out with whole grain flour.

    @ Lisa - Hah - I am sorry to tempt you :)

    @ Oneordinaryday - Cake for breakfast is a great idea, isn't it :D

    @ Aisling - I bet you can find a reason to make this cake, even if it is just for you and your family. :)

  18. @ Aspoonfuloflaughter - I think it would be very tasty for july 4th. Go for it!

    @ Honey - That sounds delish. And you are welcome :)

    @ Linsday - I agree, everyday is tough. I'm still figuring it out myself.

    @ Meg - Thanks :D

    @ mary - thank you and those are good questions to ask ourselves

    @ Caley - Thank you!

    @ Veronica - I would but I rent! Ugh :(

    @ Ashley - Thanks :)

    @ Erin - Those muffins sound wonderful. I will check them out today.

    @ Wendy - Thanks!

  19. Oh hang the diet, I want to eat that right now! I have some strawberries growing in a tub in my courtyard, excuse me while I nip off to count them to see if I have enough yet!

  20. Sounds amazing. It really is the perfect summer cake.

    Thanks for linking it up with Sweet Tooth Friday.

  21. Oh my... this looks divine! I'm imagining it with a heavier homemade whipping cream. Mmmmm. This is definitely on my to-bake list!

    New follower from the Weekend Wrap Up Party, would appreciate if you wouldn't mind following me back.


  22. Mmm, I love strawberries. I think I'd love strawberry cake even more. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  23. I'm far from being an expert, but as a blog reader and writer, my feeling is that as long as your content remains consistently high-quality, and you post at least 3x a week, your fans will continue to read and be inspired. As a business-person, I've seen far too many businesses get too big too fast and crash & burn. I think the same can be said for pacing yourself with a blog -- finding your rhythm, your groove, and not spending all your time and energy at a level that can't be maintained. Create and share at the pace that feels right to you.

    I'm definitely adding your strawberry summer cake recipe to my "must try" list. Thank you so much for linking up to last week's "A Little Birdie Told Me...". With July 4 falling on a Monday, it threw my whole schedule off, and I'm just now making the rounds to visit the party-goers from that week.



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