This cake was the great debate. I seriously could not decide what to make. It was a nice long weekend since I took Friday off that was calling my get crap done weekend. I had my to do list ready with all of my adult tasks...time to get my yard work done...Lowes here I come. Oh and hey whats up taxes? I kind of hate you.
So what does a girl do to make herself feel a little better after a "working" weekend...she bakes a cake or at least that's what I did. This was originally going to be an orange chocolate chip pound cake. Then I looked in the refrigerator and remembered I had bought strawberries earlier last week and had lemons left over that needed to be used ASAP. Then I asked the boy aka Charles whether or not chocolate chips should go in...I was seriously having a hard time.
Any who, no chocolate chips it was and this cake came out super moist and really delicious. This is one of those times when it is really good I can take cake to the office...or I might have eaten the entire thing, instead of just 3 or 4 pieces....um yeah. In all seriousness, there is just the right hint of lemon and the strawberries cook just the right amount and are super sweet and complement the lemons well. This is the perfect start of spring cake. Give it a try and Enjoy!
Once again sometimes it is the smallest things in life that can bring a smile to your face...like music and dancing on a sidewalk in DC, on a spring night.
Oh yeah, it is totally that time of year again. Hello strawberries!
Strawberries meet lemons...together you will form a delicious pound cake..
Time to get our fold on...
And into the oven we go.
Strawberry-Lemon Pound Cake:
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
8-10 strawberries, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk at room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a pound cake pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust with powered sugar.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Then whisk in the vanilla extract, lemon zest and lemon juice until well combined.
3. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt.
4. Whisk the dry ingredients in to the wet ingredients, alternating between adding the dry ingredients and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, just until combined.
5. Fold the strawberries into the batter and then pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Carefully remove the cake from the pan. If it seems to be sticking, carefully run a knife around outside of the pan. Enjoy! This cake might come out gooey, but it will be delicious!