Strawberries take the Cake
This is a 5 star recipe.
Old fashioned cake, loaded with sweet Florida Strawberries topped off with homemade whipping cream...It doesn't get better than that.
- 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
separating whites from yolks
Lightly beating the egg whites
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour oblong 13x9x2 pan, or 2 round layer 9 inch pans.
- In a large mixing bowl beat flour,sugar, baking powder, salt, shortening, milk and vanilla on low speed for about 30 seconds.
- 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.
- Pour batter into the size pan you desire. For oblong pan bake for 35-40 minutes. For round pans bake 30-35 minutes.
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!