I love making easy food, "easy" as in less than 10 ingredients, minimal prep, and great flavor. So when I needed to bring a dessert for a movie night the other weekend, I scoured the internet for some sort of strawberry sweet treat since I had so many fresh strawberries on hand. Thanks to Martha Stewart, I found this recipe for a simple strawberry cake.
Other than the berries, if you have a relatively basic baker's pantry, you have all you need to make this cake. Now I'll be honest, the final product didn't taste like a light, fluffy cake, but more like a big ol' strawberry muffin, but I don't mind that. I'm a muffin fan, and you other muffin fans out there, you'll be just fine with this cake. If you want, top your slice with some freshly whipped cream or, especially if the cake is still warm, a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Strawberries and cream get along so well.
from Martha Stewart
6 tablespoons of 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 (room temperature)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together into a medium bowl.
- 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.
- Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture (add a third, let it combine, then add the next third and so on). Transfer to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut side down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar over berries.
- Bake cake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake cake until 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.