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Strawberries take the Cake

Updated on February 9, 2015

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Old fashioned cake, loaded with sweet Florida Strawberries topped off with homemade whipping cream...It doesn't get better than that.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 35 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 20

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 4 egg whites

Mixing shortcake

separating whites from yolks

Lightly beating the egg whites

Mixing

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour oblong 13x9x2 pan, or 2 round layer 9 inch pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat flour,sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, milk and vanilla on low speed for about 30 seconds.
  3. Increase the speed to high and beat another 2 minutes. In a separate bowl separate your egg whites from the yolks. Beat your whites, then gradually pour into your mixing bowl. Beat on high for another 2 minutes.
  4. Pour batter into the size pan you desire. For oblong pan bake for 35-40 minutes. For round pans bake 30-35 minutes.

Sweetened Strawberries

Cut off the stem of your fresh strawberries. Slice as shown in the photo. Place 3 cups sliced strawberries in a medium pan over low heat. Add 3 Tablespoons honey, zest of a lemon, 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix thoroughly. Place them in a medium bowl and chill.

Whipped Cream Topping

In a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, whisk 1 cup chilled heavy cream, 1/4 cup sour cream, 3 Tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla on high speed until soft peaks form. Keep chilled.

Florida's Strawberry Festival

Annually we have a Strawberry Festival. It kicks off here in Florida late February & runs through the first part of March. Held in Plant Cty Florida, this will be our 80th Festival. It is a time in American History when fairs and festivals brought communities together through celebrations & hidden talents. You will find all kinds of booths with crafts from Knitting & crocheting, needlepoint, beading, scrap booking, toys and porcelan dolls, quilting, apparel and accessories, cake decorating to baked goods. Those entertaining this year will include Country singers Loretta Lynn, Ricky Scaggs, Reba, Sarah Evans and Ronnie Milsap. Also Mercy me and the Newsboys in Christian Entertainment. Strawberry Shortcake is their #1 dessert sold there, but you will find Strawberry milkshakes, Strawberry Ice cream, pies, crepes, cookies and smoothies, strawberries dipped in chocolate and lets not forget the flats of fresh Strawberries, to name a few. A family day is on the agenda, come join us!

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      Sonja Platero 2 years ago

      This recipe is so well illustrated and easy to follow. The added infor about the Strawberry Festival is great too. We did not know this and will probably go to the next one. My husband is going to make this cake.

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      Susan Guinn 2 years ago from Florida

      I do as well Janice. My husbands birthday was in January, and this is his request every year. Well here we are upon my sons birthday the end of February, so his is Strawberry Cheesecake, New York style. So we shall see. Thanks for following and your comments.

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      Janice Stir 2 years ago

      I must try this. I like anything with strawberries so I am sure it will be delicious.

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      Susan Guinn 2 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Shirley. Yes I was going to include other articles of what you can do with the strawberries, but decided to use it for another post. Strawberry preserves are another favorite. Smoothies are awesome as well.

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      Shirley 2 years ago

      I always loved the Strawberry Festival and, of course, strawberry season in Florida. Freezing strawberries, making jam and strawberry shortcake...mmmgood!

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      Susan Guinn 2 years ago from Florida

      Many people today just make the biscuit shortcake, but you know I do not like it that way. I prefer the cake, it is so moist.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i must try this shortcake, my hubby is lucky