|1¼ cup||All-purpose flour|
|3½ T||Butter at room temperature|
|½ tsp||Vanilla essence|
|½ tsp||Strawberry essence(optional)|
|2 tsp||Baking powder|
|1 cup||Strawberries chopped(fresh or frozen) if frozen thaw it before mixing it|
|½ tsp||Lemon juice|
|Pinch of salt|
|½ cup||Powdered sugar|
Preheat the oven:
Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.(190 degree Celsius)
Mix 1 tsp sugar and lemon juice on freshly chopped strawberries and keep it aside. This will make the strawberry juicy and soft.
If using frozen strawberries you can skip step 1.
Mixing dry ingredients:
Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sift it with a sifter.
Mixing wet ingredients:
Cream butter and powdered sugar using electric mixer. Then add milk to it.
Mixing dry and wet ingredients:
Mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients little by little till you get all ingredients mixed together.
Using the spatula fold in the chopped strawberries with the above mixture.
Prepare the baking pan by buttering it nicely just to avoid sticking. Then pour the mixture into the baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Same old technique to check whether the cake is baked. Just insert a tooth pick in the middle. If it comes out clean its done. Allow it to cool for 5 to 7 minutes.. Before serving dust it with some powdered sugar.
Additionl decoration: To make layer strawberry cake.
Cut the cake into 2 pieces. exactly half. and place the bottom piece in a cake stand. Then apply whipped cream all over the cake. Then put the top piece on top of the whipped cream. Then cover the full cake with whipped cream or vanilla frosting. On top of the whipped cream cut the strawberries and decorated in your own way. I'm not good in decorating. So i did my own style of decoration.
Handy Hint: Before covering the top of the cake with cream you can cut the cake into your own desired shape. like heart shape, tree shape. I prefer round shape. But occasionally will go for heart shapes too.
If you think your cake is very crispy outside(meaning over baked by mistake) just cut the outer edges slightly using knife.Then cover the cake with whipped cream.