Saturday, June 19, 2010

Cailyn's (and Martha Stewart's) Strawberry Cake

I am not much of a cake person but this cake that my daughter Cailyn made was incredible!   She had friends coming over and wanted to make dessert.  We had beautiful fresh strawberries from our CSA box and she had seen this recipe on Martha Stewart's website.  I can't believe how fast that she put this together.  So simple and it came out moist and so delicious.  In the reviews, a commenter described this cake as "tastes like a cross between light, fluffy angel food cake and buttery pound cake - just the right density."   I would agree and it is not overly sweet.  The fresh berries are so good .  She served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream - perfect dessert!   We loved it so much that she made it again!  The only 10 inch pan that we had was a springform pan and it worked out well. 

Have a great weekend!  Happy Father's Day to the dads! 


Makes one 10-inch cake

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch pie plate. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl.

2.Put butter and 1 cup sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low; mix in egg, milk, and vanilla.

3.Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie plate. Arrange strawberries on top of batter, cut sides down and as close together as possible. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.

4.Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pie plate on a wire rack. Cut into wedges. Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered, up to 2 days.


  1. Sounds like your daughter is a real chip off the old block! Great looking cake.

  2. Jen,
    I have some leftover cherries, and am going to make this for Fathers Day tomorrow!
    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. This is such a pretty cake -- your daughter is a natural! ;)

    Happy Father's Day to your hubby!

  4. Wonderful cake! I love how the strawberries are embedded in the batter and the cake itself is light and crunchy (or so it seems) like a cross between a cake and a tart. I can see how other fruits could be used as well. It is so lucky to have a daughter who likes to bake and does it well!

  5. wow....that looks absolutely beautiful!!
    I can only imagine how good it must taste!

  6. I love this cake enough to steal it and use it later in the year:-). Due credit will of course be given and I'll let you know long before I post. You are so generous in your sharing your recipes with us. It really is appreciated. I hope you have a grand weekend. Blessings...Mary

  7. Your daughter did you proud - it' a gorgeous, fresh summery cake. And I want some.

  8. This cake is so beautiful! I love the sweetness that strawberries bring to dessert...yum!

  9. Jen, did you say you don't like cake? Cailyn, send it over here!

  10. What a great cake... saw it on Mary's site and had to have a peek at your blog... fellow NJ'an (I am a recent NYC transplant). Nice to have found you, I look forward to discovering new NJ resources from an old master!

  11. That cake looks wonderful! I'm your newest follower and wanted to say "Hey!"


  12. I'm mad for this cake, Jen! I wandered over from Mary's site. Will put you on my list to check from now on! What a lovely blog!