Thursday, November 3, 2011

Strawberry Country Cake

Last weekend was my soon to be Mother-in-laws Birthday.  

I wanted to make a cake.  not out of a box. homemade. and preferably with strawberries.

There really are a lot of cakes out of there that fit all these requirements, so I just went with one.

When reading the reviews for this cake, people said that it wasn't too sweet (which is exactly what we like) and warned not to over cook.  

It turned out great and was gone in less than 24 hours.


What you need:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted better, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 extra large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

For the filling for each cake:

1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream, chilled
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced (I bought extra)


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Thoroughly butter the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans.

Cream the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy.  On medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time.  Then add the sour cream, orange and lemon zest, and vanilla.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.  Mix well.

Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda.  On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine until smooth.

Pour the batter evenly into the pans, smooth the tops, and bake in the center of the oven for 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean (oven times will vary, do not overcook!).  Allow the cakes to cool for 30 minutes before removing them from pans.

To make the filling, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until firm (I used a food processor as I had nothing else to use). 

Top one of the cakes with whipped cream once cooled completely.  Decorate with sliced strawberries.  Place the second cake on top of the first and top the second with whipped cream and fresh strawberries as well.

Be creative.

If you want a 4-layer cake, you could cut the cakes in 1/2.  But, to keep things as simple as possible, I decided to stay with only 2 layers.

I prepared twice as much whipped cream as recommended and also bought extra strawberries.





Enjoy!


Inspired by recipe found here.

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