Every Season’s Cake Season.

…If only it felt a little more like strawberry season. The past few weeks in Manchester have been scattered with rain and blue sky has been visible little and not-so-often.

There’s nothing like the taste of strawberries and the smell of buttery baking to get you back in the summary mood though.

I saw this recipe on Smitten Kitchen (a phenomenal cooking blog), it looked so quick-yet-effective that I had to give it a go. I added a bit of polenta to the mix and halved the recipe – I have to show restraint at the weighing stage, as once I have freshly baked cakes sitting around all will-power goes out the window!

 1. Wash.

 2. Chop and de-stalk.

3. Flour, polenta, baking powder, salt.

4. Cream butter and sugar together.

5. Mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence into the creamed butter and sugar.

6. Beat the dry ingredients in with the milk mixture until combined. Pour the mixture into greased tins – my mixture filled four 4″ tins.

7. Add the strawberries…

8. …and a little sugar.

9. Bake – 5mins at 160°C, followed by 25mins at 180°C.

10. Beautiful served warm with vanilla ice-cream. AND if served with a sprinkling of icing sugar and fresh fruit this cake becomes easily justifiable for breakfast!

Although I’m not at all disappointed with the finished product, if I was to make the recipe again I’d probably add the zest and juice of a lemon to the batter and be more generous with the sprinkling of sugar to make it a little more interesting.

43 g Unsalted butter (room temp)
47 g Plain flour
38 g Polenta
.75 tps Baking powder
.25 tps Salt
100 g Granulated sugar , PLUS a little extra for sprinkling
1 medium egg
59 ml milk
.5 tps Vanilla extract
200 g Strawberries


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