Easy Strawberry Cake
There is a small outbreak in our Indian food blogging community. Of the Smitten Kitchen Strawberry cake. It is catching the fancy of many a food-blogger who chances upon on a punnet of fresh strawberries. And some like me go in search of strawberries so we can bake this devastatingly beautiful cake. I saw this first posted by Magic Marinade andthen many others went strawberry crazy.
Also, my KitchenAid 7 speed hand mixer, that I won as a prize from KitchenAid India for the Xmas Baking Recipe contest (my entry), came in last week. I was waiting for something special to inaugurate it. And this strawberry cake was just perfect to get this hand-mixer whirring. It works like a dream, almost like the BMW of hand mixers 🙂 And this is not the last you are hearing about it on the blog
Back to the recipe, this cake is proof that I’m a girl who wont take directions. The blog clearly mentioned that the recipe doesn’t sit well in a smallish tin and yet I took out this smallish tin, because I felt like it. And the result was that the batter rose well above the berries, burying them somewhat. Buried berries. LOL. But every cloud has a silver lining and so on and so forth. So my cake, while not having the ruby strawberries studding the top, they had this intense, oozy, beautiful (permit me three adjectives here, the situation is totally deserving of this) strawberry jam on the inside, that burst into every bite of cake. And the huge crystals of sugar, mostly stayed on the top, forming this crunchy crust giving way to a soft melt in mouth cake inside. So yes, if you have only an 8″ round baking tin, this cake is still worth trying 🙂
Also, SmittenKitchen mentioned that you can use part barley flour, and it blends perfectly into this cake, without screaming “alternate flour”. I used Jowar flour (sorghum), as I had bought a bag of this to experiment with gluten free baking and trust me, I couldn’t even tell that this cake had anything but all purpose flour in it, it was so light!
The cake slices better after cooling. But, if you are impatient like me (read cake-lover), you are totally forgiven for diving into this cake as soon as it is out of the oven and get your tongue burnt by the molten strawberry lava within
TL;DR: If you find fresh strawberries, this is the one cake to try.
RECIPE FOR STRAWBERRY CAKE
Makes 8 large slices