It’s really convenient when the publisher’s daughter is a chef.
AY Magazine Publisher Heather Baker’s 13-year-old daughter Savvy has taken junior cooking classes at the Culinary Camp at the Clinton Presidential Center in the summers along with UA-Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Institute.
She brought her knowledge to the Baker home yesterday with a sweet treat: Arkansas strawberries for strawberry cake.
Here is her recipe.
Ingredients for the cake
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
Topping and middle layer
- 16 ounces whipped cream topping
Strawberry filling layers:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 pounds fresh strawberries, sliced (reserve a few for decoration if you like)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper as handles and baking spray; set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the salt, flour, baking powder and whisk; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and 1 1/3 cup of sugar.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well.
- With the mixer on low speed, slowly alternate between adding dry ingredients and milk.
- Pour mixture into greased baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- Place sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup of sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir gently until the sugar is dissolved. Take off heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- Once the cake is cooled completely, remove it from the pan using the parchment handles. Slice in half vertically then again in half horizontally. Place the bottom half back into the baking pan with the cut side up.
- Spread half of the strawberries with syrup evenly over the cake, then spread half of the whipped cream topping over the strawberries. Repeat with the top half of the cake. Finish with the remaining whipped cream topping and decorate with reserved strawberries, if desired.
- Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving, that is if your family will wait that long.