Sometimes things aren’t as simple as this Sunday cake. For example, I wanted to order Sliding Doors on demand and accidentally ordered Space Chimps. You’d think ordering a movie would be simple… Can you believe I messed it up?
And it’s hot like summer, so it’s too hot for tights. And did you know that my legs are always too pale for summer? It’s not simple for me to get a tan, that’s for sure.
This cake, on the other hand, is as simple as it is tasty. And it’s sure lovely!
When this cake is in my life I’m ok with the fact that I spent an extra $3 to watch the 90′s movie that I really wanted to see, and I’m ok with the fact my legs won’t ever be tan. Some things are just more important. … like cake and strawberries.
Strawberry Almond Sunday Cake
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
- 6 T unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 t baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 cup + 1 T sugar*
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 t pure almond extract
- 1/2 – 1 lb. strawberries, hulled + halved
* I used turbinado sugar for sprinkling over the top.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch pie pan or 9-10 inch spring-form pan. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl.
- In another bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the butter and 1 cup of sugar on medium-high until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low and mix in the egg, milk, and almond extract. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Transfer batter to the prepared pie pan or spring-form pan. Press strawberries into the batter, grouping them close together. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon of sugar over the berries.
- Bake cake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325° and bake until it’s golden brown and firm to the touch, 50-55 minutes. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack.
- When cooled completely, cut into wedges and serve. Cake can be stored at room temperature, loosely covered for up to 2 days.
P.S. I call this a Sunday cake because it bakes for about an hour. And sometimes things that bake for an hour should probably be made on a Sunday. That, and anything that needs to rise. Sometimes I follow these rules. Sometimes I stay up late making cake on a weekday. What do I know?
summertime = watermelon time.