I rarely bake cakes since my husband and I don’t need an entire cake laying around the house, even though we could totally polish one off. Since my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and their friends came to visit this weekend I was excited to bake a cake for their visit. It’s always difficult to decide what to bake since I have so many items on my to-bake list. I wanted something that was light, fruity, and required basic ingredients. Well, this strawberry cake definitely fit the bill!
I was glad I decided on this particular cake since everyone really enjoyed it. It was very easy to make and the end result looks beautiful. I loved how the sliced strawberries peeked through the top of the cake. I served it with Cool Whip since I didn’t want to put a heavy frosting on such a light cake. The result was delicious!
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on top of cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch springform pan or pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Set aside.
Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
Gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Arrange strawberry slices on top of batter. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over berries.
Bake cake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 50-55 minutes. Let cool in pan. To serve, cut into wedges. Store cake at room temperature, for up to two days.