When I was a kid, we had strawberry shortcake (or some form of it) a lot as a kid. In the spring and early summer months, we probably had it for dessert at least once a week. It was usually made with those store brought dessert shells. Y’all know the ones I’m talking about right? They have the little dip in the middles to spoon your berries into?
My Mom worked a lot when we were kids. She was a school custodian and that meant she cleaned and lifted and moved and worked her patootie off for 8 hours a day. She didn’t always have time to be fixin’ stuff from scratch because she was just plum tired at the end of the day. She was workin’ hard for the money. But she made sure we had a good supper to fill us up and a little something sweet for dessert. I still buy those little dessert shells for my family. But sometimes, I’m in the mood for something just a bit more. This cake is soft and sweet and is kinda the grown-up version of those little dessert shells. It is perfectly delicious to eat all by itself but personally, I love it with strawberries (or any kind of berry) and whipped cream.
- (FOR THE CAKE)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- ½ cup whole milk
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- (FOR THE BERRIES)
- 2 pints fresh strawberries
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray nonstick cooking spray inside a 9 X 9 baking dish.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
- In a separate bowl (or stand mixer), beat eggs on high speed for about 4 minutes, until thick.
- If you’re using a stand mixer, I would suggest using your whisk attachment for this step.
- Gradually add sugar and beat at medium speed for 4-5 minutes until fluffy.
- Now add your flour mixture, and mix at low to medium speed until just combined (don’t overmix or cake will turn out rubbery).
- In a small saucepan, on medium heat, add milk and butter and stir until butter is melted.
- Do not boil – you just want this mixture to be very warm (scalded is the cooking term).
- Add milk and butter mixture to batter, also add vanilla extract and mix until combined.
- Pour into baking dish and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve warm with macerated strawberries spooned on top and fresh whipped cream.