Sunday, April 11, 2010
• 1 cup of AP flour (I use WW Pastry flour)
• ¾ cup of sugar
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon fine salt
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (salted is fine, just cut down on the salt)
• 1 large egg, beaten
• ½ cup of whole milk
• ½ teaspoon almond extract (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
Strawberries and Cream
• 2 pints organic strawberries
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
• 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar (I have a vitamix blender so I use granulated)
• ½ teaspoon vanilla (I don’t add this to my cream, I feel it’s optional)
For the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch round cake pan, line it with parchment paper, butter the paper, and dust the pan lightly with flour.
Whisk the flour with the granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Lightly whisk in the butter, egg, milk, and almond or vanilla, just until smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then turn it out of the pan, flip upright, and cool completely on the rack.
For the strawberries and cream: Hull and slice the strawberries (or if really big quarters), and toss with the granulated sugar. Set aside. Whip the cream with the confectioners' sugar and vanilla to soft peaks. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To assemble the cake: Cut the cake in half horizontally with a serrated knife. Place the bottom layer cut side up on a cake stand or serving plate. Drizzle the juices from the sliced berries over the cut sides of both halves. Put a layer of cream then strawberries, then a little more cream on the bottom half. Top with the other piece of cake, cut side down. Spread the remaining whipped cream on the top of the cake and top the cake with the remainder of the berries
Know-How: Cutting a cake into layers is easy as saw-spin-separate: Begin to saw the cake in half horizontally. Just before you reach the middle of the cake, give it a quarter turn. Continue to saw almost to the center, then give it another quarter turn and saw again until you reach your original point of entry. Saw completely through the cake's center and separate the layers.