Upon first glance at this recipe it is almost impossible to not envision oneself enjoying a summer time garden party in the English country side complete with tea and perfectly plated sweet treats. Simple yet delicious, this light and fluffy sponge cake with balsamic strawberries is sure to have you reaching for a second helping.
yields one 24 cm cake, serves 6-8
For the sponge cake:
150 g butter
1 cup (225 g) granulated sugar
3 medium eggs, at room temperature
1 cup (150 g) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
zest from 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp milk
For the balsamic strawberries:
300 g fresh strawberries
1 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tbsp balsamico
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
zest from 1/2 lemon
For the topping:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tsp granulated sugar
Fresh mint leaves
1. Preheat oven to 175°C
2. Grease a 24 cm cake pan with a removable bottom. Sprinkle pan with bread crumbs or flour, make sure you get some on the sides of the pan aswell.
3. Melt butter and let cool.
4. Beat the eggs and sugar until lighter in color and texture, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in the melted butter.
5. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Gently stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Add lemon zest and milk and stir until batter is smooth.
6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth top with a spatula.
7. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
8. Let cake cool for 10 minutes before sliding a knife around the edge and removing the sides of the pan. Let cool to room temperature.
Balsamic strawberries & topping:
1. Hull the strawberries and cut them into thirds lengthwise. Place them in a bowl and toss with sugar, balsamico, salt, vanilla and lemon zest. Cover the bowl and let stand for 30 minutes until the berries release their juices. Toss every now and then.
2. Prick holes in the cake with a toothpick and spoon some of the juices from the berries on top of the cake.
3. Whip the cream with the sugar to soft peaks. Spread the whipped cream on top of the cake. Spoon strawberries on top and decorate with some mint leaves. Drizzle any leftover “juice” on top of the cake.
Recipe and images as seen on callmecupcake.se
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