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Strawberry Cornmeal Cake

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I was craving some sweet cornbread the other day, and as I started to prep the ingredients I glanced over at my fruit basket and noticed some strawberries that needed to be used sooner than later. About an hour later, a strawberry cornmeal cake was born. It’s like strawberry shortcake and cornbread had a delicious baby! I think this would also be delicious with blueberries or super ripe peaches… or any seasonal fruit, really! Let me know if you experiment.

This cake is tasty as is, but when I want to dress it up a bit I drizzle a little bit of balsamic glaze and top it with some mascarpone cheese. Whipped cream would also be great on top!

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

You’ll need sugar, milk, flour, cornmeal, strawberries, baking powder, butter, vanilla extract and an egg.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Remove the tops and hull from the strawberries. The “hull” is that white stem that runs down the center with a little bit of a tough texture. Cut that thing out.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

In a medium bowl, add all of the dry ingredients – flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

In another bowl, beat the sugar and butter with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Add in the egg and beat to incorporate. Add in the milk and vanilla extract, and beat again to combine.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Stir in the dry ingredients until well combined.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Top with the halved strawberries, cut side down, keeping the berries as close together as possible. Sprinkle the berries with the remaining 2 tbsp of sugar and bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325F and continue baking for another 50-60 minutes, until cooked through and golden brown on top.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Ta-da!!! The sugar on top of the strawberries bakes in and makes the berries jammy and delicious!

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

The crunchy sugary edges are my favorite part.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Listen. The cake is fantastic as it is, but if you’d like to dress her up a bit, I like to add a drizzle a little TJ’s balsamic glaze and a dollop of mascarpone cheese. Because, strawberries, balsamic and mascarpone are BFFs.

strawberry cornmeal cake recipe on fmitk.com

Mmmm. Yup.

 

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Strawberry Cornmeal Cake
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, plus more for baking dish
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
  • balsamic glaze (optional garnish)
  • mascarpone cheese (optional garnish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 10" pie plate or springform pan generously and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, beat the softened butter and 1 cup of sugar together with a hand mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and beat until combined, then add in the milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in pie plate or pan. Top with halved strawberries, keeping the berries close together. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tbsp of sugar and bake for 10 minutes at 350F. Reduce the heat to 325F and bake an additional 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is golden brown.
  5. If you like, drizzle with a little balsamic glaze and top with a dollop of mascarpone cheese.
Notes
Make it gluten-free! Substitute all-purpose flour with almond flour.

 

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6 replies
  1. Carleen
    Carleen says:

    It’s cooling on the counter. OMG! I made a strawberry-balsamic-black pepper reduction to drizzle on it. I have a long day ahead waiting for dessert.

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