easy strawberry cake
So social media does not only connect us to our friends and relatives and
annoying postings we did not sign up for while derailing democracy under a flood
of irritating ad popups, there is also a deluge of cooking ideas that are easy
to tap into. Some food websites really stand out among the crowd and Natasha's
Kitchen is one of them. Simple ideas, easy to implement and pretty tasty to eat.
Good Eats! as Alton Brown used to say. And like Giada, Natasha has a winning
This recipe came out in strawberry shortcake season, and we had already
bought a pretty good Whole Foods strawberry cake earlier so the idea was
planted. Of course it seems like every season is fresh berry season these days
with our global economy that feeds our affluent stomachs with all these once
irregularly available treats. This would easily convert into Easy Blueberry
Cake, or Easy Peach Cake. And a little work could upgrade the nutritional
quality of the white flour and sugar main ingredients. We already substituted
the sour cream by plain yogurt since it is healthier and always on hand in our
kitchen. But life is short, and how many berry cakes will we be doing before we
We served it with Talenti pistachio gelato drizzled with the fresh strawberry
sauce, since Ani's favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio, so bob always chooses
the one that will contribute to family happiness. It comes in a small jar, so it
is also right-sized for preventing exaggeration. This combination was
universally appreciated upon its serving with our in social distancing exception
bubble (in laws). Ani declined the gelato for calorie
counting reasons. No matter, this brand pistachio is really good. Even works
with Trader Joe's high fructose free organic midnight moo chocolate syrup.
- cake stuff
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 c granulated sugar
- 1 c sour cream (substitute plain yogurt!)
- 1/2 c light olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 2 c all-purpose flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 12 oz strawberries, hulled and halved (quartered is better! they lie
flatter and cover more surface)
- 1 t powdered sugar for dusting, optional
- strawberry Sauce Ingredients
- 16 oz strawberries hulled
- 1/4 c granulated sugar or to taste
- Prep the strawberries. Cut them in half and knotch out the top white
interior attached to the leaves, then halve them again. The uglier ones can
then be chopped.
- Cut a round parchment paper circle as large as the extended bottom of a
circular 9 inch springform pan with bottom rim gutter lock, not the internal
side lock variety. Lock it down and butter the interior. 24 seconds on high
in the microwave was enough to get the butter to track on the surface.
Experiment 5 or 10 seconds at a time.
- In a large mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer:
KitchenAid!), beat together 2 eggs with 1 cup of sugar on high speed for 5 minutes or until light in color and thick.
- Add 1 cup sour cream (plain yogurt!), 1/2 cup oil, 1 tsp vanilla and beat on low speed until well combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together: 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder and 1/4 tsp salt until well incorporated. With the mixer on med/low speed, add
the flour mixture to the batter 1/3 at a time, letting the flour incorporate with each addition and continue mixing just until well combined. Do not over-mix.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Top with 6 oz of diced strawberries then spread
the remaining batter over the top. Cover the surface with 6 oz of halved strawberries (cut-side-down), pressing them down just slightly into the batter.
- Bake at 375˚F for 45–55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into
the center comes out clean.
- Let the cake rest in the pan 15–20 min, then remove the pan side ring and cool
it to room temp or until just lightly warm.
- Run a thin spatula or knife around the cake edges to loosen it from the pan, then transfer
it to a cake platter.
- strawberry syrup:
While the cake is baking, make the strawberry sauce:
in a blender or food processor, combine 16 oz strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar (or add sugar to taste) and blend until pureed.
- To serve, dust with powdered sugar if desired. Drizzle individual slices generously with strawberry syrup.
- Natasha's Kitchen:
Easy Strawberry Cake.
- Talenti gelato.
- Illustrations available.