Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pioneer Woman's Strawberry Shortcake Cake


I had a productive day in my herb garden and kitchen. I made four new recipes! Tonight's dessert was rated "five stars" by my husband. He doesn't hand those out easily, but I have to say-- Ree (the Pioneer Woman)  posted a great new recipe.

The sponge cake is made with sifted flour, corn starch, baking soda and creamed butter and sugar. Eggs (at room temperature) are added one at a time:

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Like Ree, I used a greased and floured 8" cake pan, and leveled the top of the batter with an off-set spatula. The cake was baked in just over 40 minutes, rather than the 45-50 recommended time. Watch this closely, depending on your oven!

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Immediately remove from pan, and cool completely.

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Now, for the beautiful strawberries... wash them, husk them, and slice in halves.

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Depending on how tart your strawberries are, add about 3 Tablespoons sugar (these were tart, because I didn't buy Driscoll berries).

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The berries should macerate, in the fridge, for at least 30 minutes; then mash them in batches and add about 1 tablespoon more sugar, if needed.

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Who doesn't love cream cheese frosting, with unsalted butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until fluffy..

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Cut the cake in half, and divide the strawberries. Place an even layer, with the juice. The cake is dense, so it can take it. Freeze for about five minutes, to make frosting easier.

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Spread a layer of icing over the strawberry layer; then add the second layer and ice the top, and the sides with the remaining icing (which I didn't seem to have enough to finish the job).

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I thought about decorating the cake with fresh pink roses, from my garden...or garnishing this with fresh strawberries-- but I didn't have any! Actually, my boys don't care about that stuff.

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This is what they care about! I really like this recipe. I would, seriously, considering making a whipped cream frosting as a variation. For potlucks, though, I'd make this Ree's way.

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10 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

I saw this on her site and printed it out immediately,I have this and another(Bo n Appetit) I am trying to decide between.. yours looks fabulous. Heck, maybe I'l make both.

Culinary Wannabe said...

Yummy! This looks so pretty and delicious. Cream cheese frosting is a seller for me every time.

Elyse said...

Debby, this strawberry shortcake looks totally delicious! Man oh man, you have me craving this right now. This cake looks stellar, and those strawberries are calling my name!

Phoo-D said...

I saw this one and man it looks so great! I can't wait until we have decent strawberries.

Kristen said...

Looks so delicious - any recipe to be 5 starred by a husband is going to be well recieved here

Monica H said...

Strawberries are my absolute favorites and this looks delicious!

Well done!

Muneeba said...

Can't go too wrong with any of Ree's recipes I say! And I'm loving strawberry season, so this looks wonderfully tempting :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Yum!!! You are so lucky to have those gorgeous California strawberries right at hand!

Ingrid said...

Yum! I have some huge starwberries that I need to use up and this looks like a great way to.
~ingrid

Anonymous said...

I am thinking blueberries! This sounds so good and simple.