I've always been a sucker for strawberry shortcake. Who doesn't love the stuff? Honestly. It's just classic and delicious. And there's something about having berries in dessert that makes me feel a little less guilty.
This recipe is adapted from a classic shortcake recipe. I modified it in order to make rounds instead of a square pan (rounds display more beautifully)and in order to produce thinner layers so you won't have to worry about trimming and cutting the layers. This recipe is perfect for that summer picnic you forgot about and need a quick, easy dessert for. Enjoy!
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk (2% or whole works best... none of that fat free stuff. :))
Sweetened whipped cream
Grease 2- 8in. round pans. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In medium bowl cream sugar and butter. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Combine dry ingredients separately (always sift dry ingredients as well). Add dry ingredients alternately with milk beginning and ending with dry.
Spread batter into rounds. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean. Cool in pans for a few minutes. Finish cooling on cooling rack.
When rounds are completely cooled assemble cake. Place one layer on serving plate. Spread half whipped cream over layer. Sprinkle strawberry pieces over cream. Place second cake layer on top. Spread the rest of the whipped cream onto the top. Sprinkle the rest of the strawberry pieces on the top. If you have lots of time you can get creative and make cool designs with the strawberries.
Keep cake in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.