I like my world whimsical, fun, and full of love. I am known to live in a close knit circle of friends who all keep it positive. It’s sort-of like living in a bubble where people can look in, but only a select few are actually invited in to play. Not because I’m mean spirited or think I’m above anyone, it’s just because I don’t find common interest with many people. With that being said I am very lucky that one of my best girl friends lives only a few feet away from me…. I mean she lives next door. Right around Easter time she invited me over for a slice of Strawberry cake she made. I was delighted because heaven knows I’m hardly ever invited over for dinner, much less cake. I was so impressed with her strawberry cake and left her home feeling inspired to make my own rendition someday.
A few weeks later I was at my favorite market and saw a wide variety of berries on display, as I inspected the cartons of strawberries looking for the reddest, non bruised or moldy or slushed berries I knew exactly what I would make with them. I wanted my berry cake to have a sugar crust on it like my favorite types of pan dulce. I thought the whole process through without ever making a mention of the kind of cake I was set out to make to my family or friends. I have made this cake several times now and each time it comes out a little better than the time before, but every time I make it someone says it taste like a delicious piece of pan dulce. Mission mastered means I am a happy girl in my kitchen with my berry berry good pan dulce cake.
Ingredients for strawberry pan dulce cake:
- 7 – tablespoons salted butter (room temperature)
- 1 – cup sugar + 3 tablespoons
- 1 1/2 – cups flour
- 1 1/2 – teaspoons baking powder
- 1 – large egg
- 1/2 – cup crema Mexicana (I used Cacique’s)
- 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
- 7 – 8 strawberries (cut in half length wise)
- 11 -pitted fresh cherries
- 10 – fresh blueberries
- Grease an 8 inch metal cake pan with 1 tablespoon of butter. Make sure to smear the butter all along the edge as well. Then pour 2 tablespoons of sugar into the pan and dust the entire greased pan with sugar. Discard any of the remaining sugar from the pan and set to the side.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
- In a large mixer beat 6 tablespoons of butter and 1 cup of sugar together until fluffy and pale yellow. About 4 to 5 minutes. Add in egg, crema Mexicana, and vanilla. Mix for another 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture comes together and is smooth.
- In a separate bowl sift flour, and baking powder together.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until incorporated.
- Spoon the mixture into the sugar greased pan.
- With a rubber spatula, smooth the top of the mixture evenly.
- Place the strawberries along the edge of the cake to form and outside ring.
- Then place the remaining berries in the middle.
- Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the top of the berries.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 and bake for another hour and 5 minutes.
- Allow the cake to cool for an hour or two.