Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake

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For the cake:
  • 225g unsalted butter, softened and at room temperature
  • 1½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 1¾ cups caster sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups full fat milk
  • butter and flour for greasing
For the filling:
  • 400g whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 500g strawberries
  • 50ml cointreau
  • 50g light brown sugar (or to taste)
  • mint leaves and icing sugar to garnish (optional)

How to make Strawberry Shortcake

A close friend of mine had a birthday pot-luck do, and since it sounded like everyone had the "proper" food covered, I offered to make the birthday cake. She jumped at the offer and begged me to make strawberry shortcake, which is her favourite, so how could I say no, right? Strawberry shortcake is usually done with scone-like biscuits, cream and fresh strawberries, but since it was going to be a birthday cake, I wanted to jazz it up a little. I decided to go with a fairly simple, but light and fluffy butter cake, which I would layer with vanilla crème chantilly and strawberries macerated in some sort of liquor (I picked an orangey one). Anyway it turned out well, so I decided to put it up here. :)
  1. Divide the strawberries into 2 bowls - reserving the prettier ones in one bowl in the fridge. For the less-pretty bowl, halve the smaller ones and quarter the bigger ones, then mix them gently in a non-reactive bowl with the brown sugar and the cointreau. (You'll probably want to taste the mixture to adjust the sweetness and alcohol content.) Set aside for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Butter two 9x2 inch round cake pans, line the base of each pan with greaseproof paper, then butter the paper. Dust with flour, tapping out excess, and set aside.
  3. Sift the flours, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl, whisk lightly to mix evenly, then set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then beat for 1 more minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, ensuring that each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, add one quarter of the flour mixture, alternating with one third of the milk, until both are fully incorporated.
  5. Divide the batter between the two prepared pans, and smooth down. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cakes are golden brown and pass the toothpick test. (You will probably need to rotate the cakes halfway through for even browning.) Transfer the pans to a wire rack and let them cool for 20 minutes, then invert the cakes out, peel off the parchment, and let them cool right-side-up until completely cool.
  6. Combine the whipping cream, icing sugar, and vanilla extract in a cooled bowl. (To whip cream, it's best to ensure that everything - including the metal implements - are cold. I place my mixing bowl and whisk/whisk-attachment in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before using them.) Whisk to stiff peaks, then store in the fridge, covered, until ready to use (or for up to 1 hour). Drain the macerated strawberries, reserving the soaking liquid in a squeeze bottle.
  7. Using a serrated knife, trim the tops off the cakes to level them. Place one layer on your serving plate, and squirt some of the strawberry-cointreau mix over the cake (I used about ¼ of the liquid as I wanted the cake to remain fluffy), then spread 1/3 of the cream over it, leaving a 1-inch border from the edges of the cake. Evenly distribute the drained strawberries over the cream. Place the other cake on top, then squirt with a little more of the strawberry liquid, top with the rest of the whipped cream, creating a slight dent in the centre of the cream, and top with the reserved whole strawberries and garnish with mint and a dusting of icing sugar if using. Serve immediately.
  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    unpretentiously perfect. Is there any type of food you suck at??????????? LOL

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    oh god.. is it my dirty mind.. I read "jazz it up" as "jizz it up".. that aside!! the cake looks too yummy! can u make my birthday cake too!! :D:D:D

  • yongfook
    yongfook says

    she bakes too?!?

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    that was a typo , she really meant jizz it up.

  • Enchante
    Enchante says

    what a coincidence, I just bought some strawberries to make strawberry shortcake. I'll try adding your mascerated strawberries inside instead of the normal fresh strawberries. can't wait to try the recipe!

  • rachel
    rachel says

    Yes I bake, and umm let's see I don't really cook Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food. Telliecoin, take your angst out elsewhere! :D And Lynn I hope you like it! Thanks everyone for the comments. :)

  • telliecoin
    telliecoin says

    sorry rachel :( i like your cake though.. looks cutifully yummy!

  • rachel
    rachel says

    haha its okay. besides i see you've already taken some of that angst out on the chicken whose rack you boiled up :P

  • JaiLovesCake
    JaiLovesCake says

    don't you pick on her rachel . poor tellie can't help her raging hormones :( . hahahah

  • Kimmy
    Kimmy says

    the last time i had strawberry shortcake, was when i turned 4 or 5, and it was the character etched on the icing- i was delirious, now that I've seen yours I've become more deliriously happy. feel free to make one for my birthday.

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