Monday, May 4, 2009

The Ultimate Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh strawberries are plentiful right now in our area so I made a pound cake Saturday. You can buy those little angel food cakes sold at the grocery store, but if you want the ultimate strawberry shortcake, you can't beat a homemade pound cake.

I used this recipe from Cherry Hill Cottage, although I substituted some ingredients to keep my grocery bill down. :o) I know the cake would have been even better with the "real" ingredients, but I used imitation vanilla flavoring, store brand salt and store brand all purpose flour which I sifted to a fine texture.

It turned out really good:

Here you can see the characteristic brown cracked crust of an old fashioned pound cake. I made it in my grandmother's tube pan.

My original plan was to make two smaller cakes in loaf pans and then eat one and freeze one. But, I went ahead and made the larger one. We have eaten some and given away slices and still have half the cake. I probably should freeze the remaining half for later, but I'm not sure if that will happen! :o)


Rita said...

Oh Yum! Wow, does that shortcake make me want to get into the kitchen and make one. The sunflower & pot are so pretty. I will use your idea to store fabric just as soon as I get a chance to get my shelving. Have a great day!

Terri said...

I love strawberry shortcake. This looks delicious, Debbie!

DarcyLee said...

One of my favorite desserts!

Anonymous said...

Debbie, you make my mouth water!!
Hint on cake flour - a tried and true recipe. Place 2 Tablespoons of cornstarch in a 1 cup measure. Carefully add to the top with plain all purpose flour. Sift 3 times. A cup of this equals a cup of cake flour. I do this all the time.

Another great idea for shortcake is to use a biscuit recipe with a smidgen of sugar added. Split the biscuit, placing berries and whipped cream on both layers. I do not know which is best - the cake recipe or the biscuit recipe. Both are scrumptious!

We do love shortcake, but have not yet been to the strawberry farm.


Heather said...

strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites and my husbands! my mom makes it for me for my birthday every year. she's been doing it since i was little! that's a long time, lol! but i still ask her every year :)

Pen Pen said...

Your cake is beautiful! And to put it all together with the fresh strawberries.... yummy! Neat that you have your grandmother's cakepan. I made a strawberry jello salad yesterday that was good.

Rhonda in OK said...


we've only strawberries once this spring, I should get some more soon.

Alexandra said...

Yum! I'll have to go up to the farmer's market to see if they have any here yet.

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