Strawberry Short Cake

image1 photo2After posting the picture above on Instagram, I got a few requests for the recipe of the delicious strawberry short cake I made Brett for Father’s Day. And I’m happy to share, because it seriously was amazing! Brett LOVES strawberry shortcake so I’ve made it a few times for his birthday in the past, but usually in more of a biscuit like form. This year hubs requested a strawberry shortcake that was more cakey so I went to work researching and perfecting the cakiest strawberry shortcake I could find. And this one was a real winner, so it needed to be shared!
imageIngredients
Sponge Cake

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
*(Important side note: I LOVE whipped cream. A lot. So I will admit that I almost doubled this recipe and used about 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream, 1 1/2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. If you love whipped cream, I suggest you do the same).*

Strawberries

1 cup strawberries, sliced
16 strawberries, halved *(This is approximate. Basically, use as many as you would like to decorate the top of the cake)*
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions
For the cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 9-inch round pans then line with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom of the pans.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar and melted butter for 2-3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time then vanilla. Alternating between the flour mixture and milk, gradually add the flour in three parts and the milk in two parts, starting and ending with the flour.
4. Divide the batter evenly into the pans then bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 10-15 minutes then turn out of the pans onto a wire rack and cool completely.

For the whipped cream

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream on high speed until thickened and soft peaks form (when you pull the beaters straight up, peaks form but tips fall over). Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla then beat until stiff peaks form (tips do not fall over). Keep chilled until ready to use.

To assemble

1. For the filling, fold 1 cup sliced strawberries into 1/2 cup whipped cream. Set aside the rest of the whipped cream for the topping.
2. Place one cake layer onto a plate or cake stand. Top with the strawberry whipped cream filling. Place the other cake on top and gently push down. Top with remaining whipped cream and strawberry halves. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy!!

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