The first of my creations was for Mother's Day. I set out to find a recipe for strawberry cake, but I was disappointed to find that most recipes called for strawberry flavoring, strawberry jello or some other variety of fake or frozen strawberries. I decided to make Ina Garten's Strawberry Country Cake, which is basically a strawberry shortcake. It is a dense (but not heavy) sour cream cake with a hint of lemon zest, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. It was incredibly easy to make and it tasted.....delicious!! The cake and whipped cream are the perfect accompaniments to fresh strawberries to bring out their flavor and sweetness. It makes a beautiful-looking cake as well. Everyone at our Mother's Day gathering loved it! I have to say, I've never made a recipe from Ina Garten that I didn't like. She is the queen!
Photo credit to my Grandmother's iPhone
Enjoy the strawberries while they last!