August 12, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

A short while ago, my mom celebrated her birthday and I decided to make her a birthday cake. I opted for the strawberry shortcake this time. Something light to go along with birthday dinner.

It was a lovely cake. I found the cake layers fluffy with a nice citrus flavor. And who doesn't like whipping cream and strawberries!

This recipe wasn't hard to make but it sure will use EVERY bowl in your house. I used FIVE. My counters couldn't be seen at all. Crazy.

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday

Aside: I didn't have enough whipping cream so I didn't add any to the top layer (tsk, tsk) but you will have enough with the 2 cups asked for in the recipe.


Strawberry Shortcake
serves 12

1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp orange or lemon extract
3/4 cup cake flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
5 eggs
3/4 cup sugar

2 cups whipping cream
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups sliced strawberries + (whole strawberries to garnish top - optional)

Heat milk and butter together until melted. Add orange extract. Set aside.

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Separate 3 eggs and beat the egg whites until foamy. Add 1/4 cup sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the remaining 2 eggs yolks, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat until fluffy for a good 5 minutes. Fold in egg whites. Fold in dry ingredients. Pour in the milk mixture and fold in.

Spread the mixture into a rectangular rimmed baking sheet (I used a 17.25 x 11.5 inch sheet) lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350F for 12 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack. Once cool, cut the cake into 3 equal cake layers.

To make the filling, whip the cream, sugar and vanilla.

Place one layer onto the serving plate. Top with whipping cream and sliced strawberries. Repeat until all cake layers, whipping cream and strawberries are used. Garnish the top with whole strawberries and dust with icing sugar(optional).

Recipe adapted from: Strawberry Shortcake, The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook.


Jean Poutine said...

Lovely as always.

Maki said...

Thanks Jean!

lequan@luvtoeat said...

What a pretty cake Maki! And whipped cream? YES PLEASE!!! Happy belated bithday to your Mom!

A Canadian Foodie said...

What a gorgeous cake and a beautiful table setting. I love doing things for my mom now that she is older... yours can't be, as your children are so young. I don't think I was as thoughtful as you when my children were that age, regarding my mother. I always took her flowers, but don't recall baking her a cake until she turned 70. Shame on me! I am also sure that there was not one piece of this cake left at the end of the party. It looks deadly!

Maki said...

Thanks lequan and Valerie.

It's hard to buy parents things as they already have just about everything so that is why I bake the birthday cake. This was at my mom's house. She insisted doing dinner at her house, too funny.

D e g a i n e said...

This looks delicious!!

D e g a i n e

Cheri said...

Yum! Now this is one strawberry shortcake that I would actually want to eat! All the biscuit ones just don't appeal to me. I'm bookmarking this right now!

Zubaidatariq said...


What a gorgeous cake and a beautiful table setting. This looks delicious!!
thanks for sharing!

John Williams
Zubaida Tariq Z T

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