One Heckuva Strawberry Cake
Hubby’s Big 5-0 was coming up, so a few days before, I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for this momentous event. “Hmm…” he says, “like what?” Oh geez…. “Well, you’ve got the old chocolate standby, or carrot cake, or maybe something with strawberries since they’re your favorite.” His eyes got a little bigger. “How about like a strawberry shortcake, except a regular cake instead?” The decision was fast and sure – now I needed to come up with a way to make it happen!
Keeping in mind the cake had to be gluten-free, I hit the internet, and soon found just what I was looking for from The Pioneer Woman. A nice easy recipe with whole ingredients. Bonus? When frosting the cake, you’re going for the rustic, shabby-chic kind of finish. This is a win-win for me because I have ZERO skills when it comes to frosting and decorating baked goods. This is something that future-me wants to work on, but that time is definitely not now! (In an ironic plot twist, I frosted this cake pretty darn nicely, see pics.)
So let’s see, we have strawberries (yum), cake (yum), cream cheese frosting (super-yum), and a milestone birthday to celebrate (YAY!) I call this one a WINNER!
- 1-1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill One-to-One Baking Flour
- 3 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 9 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
- 1-1/2 cup Sugar
- 3 Large Eggs
- ½ cup Sour Cream, Room Temperature
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, Room Temperature
- 2 sticks Butter
- 1-1/2 pound Powdered Sugar, Sifted
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 pound Strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8-inch cake pan.
- In a medium bowl, sift together dry cake ingredients.
- In your main mixing bowl, cream the 9 tablespoons of butter with the sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Add sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and mix on low until just barely combined.
- Pour into the cake pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until set. Turn cake out onto a cooling rack as soon as you remove it from the oven.
- Remove the stems from the strawberries and slice them up. Add 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir together and let it sit for half an hour. After 30 minutes, split into 2 bowls and smash. Sprinkle each half with an additional tablespoon of sugar and allow to sit for another 30 minutes.
- While waiting, make the frosting. Mix together the cream cheese, 2 sticks butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Slice cooled cake in half to make 2 rounds, place cut side up. Spread strawberries and juice evenly over each half. Place cake halves into the freezer for five minutes to firm them up a bit.
- Remove from freezer. Use about ⅓ of the icing to spread over the top of the strawberries on the bottom layer. Place the second layer on top. Add half of the remaining icing to the top spreading evenly, then spread the remaining ⅓ cup around the sides.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman