Strawberry cake with a vanilla cream glaze
Summer is finally here and strawberries are finally back in season. I’m not a huge fruit fan to be honest but strawberries are one of the few fruits that I will quite happily much away to my hearts content.
I was doing my weekly shop in Morrisons the other day and they had a great deal on – 2 huge punnets of strawberries for £3, total bargain which I snapped up straight away. I’ve been seeing lots of gorgeous strawberry bread and cake recipes around recently and desperately wanted to have a go a making this lovely strawberry cake with a very naughty, but delicious sounding vanilla glaze.
The cake was really yummy and moist and wasn’t overly sweet which is just the way I like it, and the glaze, oh my goodness, the glaze was divine. I could quite happily have taken a bath in the stuff (taking in a spoon with me of course).
250g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 large egg
150g granulated sugar
50g light or dark brown sugar
80ml vegetable oil
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped into small pieces
120g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
70ml double cream
Preheat oven to 175˚C. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray.
To make the cake, in a large mixing bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together until combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, granulated sugar, and brown sugar together until combined. Whisk in the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently whisk until there are no more lumps. Try not to over-mix as this will leave your cake dense, fold in the strawberries.
Bake the cake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Poke the center of the bread with a toothpick at 1 hour 10 minutes, if it comes out clean, the cake is done. If it comes out wet, bake for another 10 minutes. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before glazing and slicing.
To make the glaze whisk the icing sugar, vanilla, and cream together then drizzle over the cake before serving. You can top with sliced strawberries for decoration if you want to be all fancy pants 🙂
This cake can also be baked as muffins. 16-18 minutes bake time at 175˚C.