Strawberry Breakfast Cake

Strawberry Breakfast CakeI recently attended a “Strawberry Days” fair  with my daughters, where the featured concession was fresh strawberries and cream.  They were literally selling cups of cut up fresh strawberries with sweetened cream poured over them. enjoying strawberries and cream at Strawberry DaysIt’s simple, but WOW, it’s incredible.  Strawberries and cream was the delicious inspiration for this Strawberry Breakfast Cake.  
Strawberry Cake

Strawberries and Cream Breakfast Cake
Serves 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Cake Ingredients
  1. 2 cups fresh strawberries, washed, dried, and sliced
  2. 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  3. 2 teaspoons lemon zest (approximately 1 lemon)
  4. 1 cup sugar (reserve 1 tablespoon to sprinkle on top of cake)
  5. ½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  6. 1 egg, room temperature
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. 2 cups all-purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons
  9. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  10. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  11. ½ cup buttermilk
Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients
  1. 3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  2. 3 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1-2 tablespoons cream (or milk)
  5. ½ teaspoon vanilla
Cake Directions
  1. Grease a 9-inch round baking pan (or something similar), or coat it with non-stick spray for baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice strawberries, sprinkle with cornstarch, toss to coat, and set aside.
  3. Wash, dry, and zest the peel of 1 lemon to get 2 teaspoons zest.
  4. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, measure 1 cup sugar, and remove 1 tablespoon to sprinkle on top of cake. Then cream sugar, butter, and lemon zest until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
  5. Meanwhile, in another medium-sized mixing bowl, measure 2 cups flour and remove 2 tablespoons. Then whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Add flour mixture to batter in thirds, alternating with buttermilk, and ending with flour. Be sure to mix thoroughly after each addition.
  7. Fold in berries, and spread batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle top with reserved tablespoon of sugar.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. To test for doneness, insert a pick into the center, and if it comes out clean, it’s ready.
  9. Let cool on wire rack.
Cream Cheese Icing Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl, and beat until smooth. Spread or pipe onto cake while still slightly warm.
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Grease a 9-inch round baking pan (or something similar), or coat it with non-stick spray for baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

making Strawberry Cake

Wash, dry, remove stems, and slice
12 ounces fresh strawberries (2 cups sliced)

making Strawberry Breakfast Cake

Sprinkle with
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Toss to coat, and then set aside for a few minutes.

Wash, dry, and zest the peel of 1 lemon to get 2 teaspoons zest.

Measure 1 cup sugar, and remove 1 tablespoon to sprinkle on top of cake. Then …

… in a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together
1 cup sugar (minus 1 tablespoon)
½ cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 teaspoons lemon zest
Beat until fluffy.

Add
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat until well combined.

Meanwhile, in another medium-sized mixing bowl, measure
2 cups flour
Then remove 2 tablespoons..

Whisk together
2 cups minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt

Measure
½ cup buttermilk.

making strawberry breakfast cake

Add one third of the flour mixture to batter, and …

making strawberry breakfast cake

… alternate with half of the buttermilk.

making strawberry breakfast cake

Continue alternating flour …

making strawberry breakfast cake

… buttermilk, and

making strawberry breakfast cake

… end with flour.
Be sure to mix thoroughly after each addition.

making strawberry breakfast cake

Fold in sliced strawberries, and …

making strawberry breakfast cake

… spread batter into prepared pan.  Arrange additional strawberries on top for decoration, if desired.

making strawberry breakfast cake

Sprinkle top with reserved tablespoon of sugar, and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

making strawberry breakfast cake

You’ll know it’s done if you insert a pick into the center, and if it comes out clean.

making strawberry breakfast cake

Cool completely on a wire rack.

When it’s cool, make the cream cheese icing.

In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine
3 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons cream (or milk)
½ teaspoon vanilla
Beat until smooth and creamy.

You can put the icing into a plastic bag, snip off the corner, and …

Strawberry Breakfast Cake

… pipe it onto the cake.  ~OR~ you can just spread it.

Strawberry Breakfast Cake

Slice, and ….

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… serve.

a bite of Strawberry Breakfast Cake

Yummy!