This cake reminds me very much of one my grandmother used to make. During summer months, we’d usually eat it in the garden. There were an old pine table and a couple of wonky benches. Grandma would put the cake in the middle, with random colourful glasses filled with summer fruit juice (she would make the juice herself too) around it. These were probably some of not too many moments my cousins and I would quietly sit in one spot for a while.
Eating soft spongy cake, an afternoon in Grandma’s garden, laughter – it’s the power of a simple cake to remind me about those happy, carefree moments.
The Easiest Strawberry Cake
(this recipe comes from Moje Wypieki (PL))
- 1 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 3/4 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 cup sunflower or coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 500g strawberries (or any other fruit)
- icing sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)
In a small bowl, sift together flour and baking soda, set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar (spoon by spoon), egg yolks and mix until combined. Pour in the oil and vanilla essence, mix well. Gradually sift flour mixture over egg mixture, do not mix – carefully fold in until just combined.
Line a base of a round, 23cm springform pan with baking paper. Pour the batter into the pan and put the strawberries on top (you can press them gently into the batter).
Bake in 175ºC for about 55 minutes. Test with a skewer or a toothpick. Let it cool completely and enjoy 🙂