Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Strawberry Country Cake (Barefoot Contessa)

Happy 1st Birthday to our Bake-Along! I can't believe Joyce from Kitchen Flavours, Lena from Frozen wings and I have been baking-along for 1 year!

At the same time last year when we first started, it was just the three of us baking along at the beginning of this event. Soon after we started blog hopping, we have now 17 entries for our last 4-ingredient bake-along. Through this event, I am happy to know lots of baking friends and they are:

I really enjoy baking along with all my friends and love the fact that we have learned lots of baking skills and techniques together. Ultimately, our best thing of all is to be able to enjoy all our yummy bakes with our families :D

Today, I'm presenting this very-simple down-to-earth layer cake that I baked for our Bake-Along first anniversary. I took this opportunity to bake this Barefoot Contessa cake so that I can link this post to the blog hop event, Cook like a Star, organised by me, Bake for Happy Kids.

This cake composes of a basic sour cream cake base that was sliced into halves, sandwiched and topped whipped cream and strawberries! That's all. I was trying to defy the "fat factor" by replacing the heavy whipped with a lighter version... and not surprising, the cream did hold itself for a while but not for long... Bottom line is we still need "fat" for some good reasons. LOL! See my photos and you will see what I mean :p

Happy 1st Birthday Bake-Along
Baking the cake
Assembling the cake
And a self-narrated birthday song for our Bake-Along...
Ops! The lighter cream is beginning to melt... LOL!

Here's the recipe from Food Network
(with my modification in blue)

12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp grated orange zest (replaced with lemon zest)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (replaced with vanilla seeds from vanilla pod)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda (replaced with baking powder)

For the filling for each cake:

1 cup (1/2 pint) heavy cream, chilled (replaced with light whipping cream)
3 tbsp sugar (I didn't add this)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Butter the bottom of two 8-inch cake pans. Then line them with parchment paper and butter and flour the lined pans.

Cream the butter and sugar on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 1 at a time, then the sour cream, zests, and vanilla, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix well. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda. On low speed, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and combine just until smooth.

Pour the batter evenly into the pans, smooth the tops, and bake in the center of the oven for 40 to 45 min, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pans for 30 min, then remove to wire racks and let cool to room temperature. If using 1 cake, wrap the second well and freeze.

To make the filling for one cake, whip the cream, sugar, and vanilla in a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until firm. Slice one of the cakes in half with a long, sharp knife. Place the bottom slice of the cake on a serving platter, spread with 1/2 the whipped cream and scatter with sliced strawberries. Cover with the top slice of the cake and spread with the remaining cream. Decorate with strawberries.


Using 1/4 of recipe, I baked this cake in 12 cm round cake tin at 160°C fan forced for 40 min. 

As cakes with whipped cream have to be stored in the fridge instead of room temperature, we tried to finish eating this cake within the day that it was baked but it was too much for us to finish and so I had to store a quarter of it in the fridge. 

Sadly, the texture of the refrigerated cake had changed on the next day as it was not as good as it was served at room temperature.

Happy Baking

For our next bake-along, we are baking Pear and Maple Crumble (recipe from Bon Appetit book by Barbara Fairchild, Pg 409 or here) which is to be posted on 12 June 2012. Please join us and link your post with us on 12 June 2012 or within the next 7 days.


Here are our baking friends that have joined us for this bake-along. Please visit their blogs for more of their celebration cake.

Please submit your details if you wish to link your post with this bake-along. This linking tool is open from 29 May to 5 June 2012. 

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  1. This looks so good and perfect for summer! Happy Birthday to your Bake Along too!

  2. Congrats on your first Bake-Along Birthday! You must have had tons of fun along the way. Love the little signs on the pictures! And the recipe looks pretty good, too - great way to celebrate.

  3. Happy 1st anniversary to Bake Along! Sweet pretty cake :) at first I have the intention to make a similar cake like urs! Luckily I changed my mind hahaha

  4. I have made this cake before and if I cam recall it came out just ok. Yours however looks wonderful. Too bad the texture changed in the fridge.

  5. It is a very delicious strawberry cake from Barefoot Contessa. Happy 1st Anniverysary to Bake Along

  6. yes, it's really wonderful to know some new found friends thru this bake along. I'm joining you to sing our birthday song now! So does your son know what's this cake all about? give him a hug for me!

  7. Happy 1st Anniversary to our Bake-Along! Thank you for being my baking partner, Zoe! Here's to our second year of baking together! Cheers!
    Your cake is lovely! I wanted to bake either Strawberry Shortcake and the one that Lena bake from Dorie as well, but have to shelve that as I did my cake at the last minute! Oh my, sometimes we do think alike, the three of us! I even bought the strawberries! Hahaha!

  8. Happy 1st Birthday, Bake-Along~

    The cake is wonderful and the self-narrated script is so cute!

  9. Awww, happy birthday to Bake Along! Such a pretty cake. And I love a good vanilla cake - but then you pair it with strawberries? Even better!

  10. Happy 1st Anniversary to you guys :) That cake looks good...so many berries in it..my favorite ! Looking forward to seeing you guys baking along and sharing the recipes. Great job!

  11. Happy Birthday to your Bake Along ^^

  12. Happy 1st Birthday , Bake-Along ! And such a pretty and wonderful cake to celebrate the occasion :D Will join in your bloghop/bake along sometime ;D

  13. YAY Happy Bday to the Bakealong!!!
    Love your charming cake. Looks so tender and soft.
    Sorry guys m busy with guests and all but will definitely join in the fun before the deadline..I Promise :D

  14. Happy 1st Anniversary to your Bake-Along! Sorry that I've missed joining in the past. Will definitely try to :)

  15. Happy Birthday indeed, great job you guys have been doing! I would love to join in each and every bake along but am afraid I am too lazy lol! Your cake looks delicious and I like the fact that it is a healthier version. Love them strawberries!

  16. eileen@hundred eighty degreesMay 29, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Congrats to you, Lena and Joyce. Happy 1st Anniversary! I first get to know Lena, and later follow by Joyce and yourself and am sure we will get to know each other better :) your cake is awesome!

  17. Happy 1st Anniverysary to Bake Along :) I m glad i join the list too ;)

  18. Beautiful cake! The strawberries look so red and juicy, I'm sure the cake is super tasty!

  19. Congrats, cake looks gorgeous and definitely cute.

  20. Zoe, Happy Anniversary! This is the most joyous part of blogging and am sure you guys are having fun. Hope you're having a great week ahead, dear.

  21. nice opinion.. thanks for posting.

  22. Happy 1st birthday celebration - your cake looks so perfectly delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  23. Hi Zoe, I love the idea of strawberries and cream! It's my first time joining the Bake Along, and I look forward to future bakes :)

  24. Pretty cake! I now fall in love with Ina Garten, Zoe!
    Her recipes are keepers :)
    Thks for introducing her, I never know her before this month!
    And happy anniversary to Bake Along :)

  25. Happy Birthday to your Bake Along. Very pretty and yummy cake.

  26. Your cake looks delicious! I'm not sure I've ever told you this, but you have the best profile picture! I love it and wish I had thought of it!! :)

  27. What a lovely layered cake- perfect for the anniversary! Looking forward to more years!

  28. Happy 1st birthday to Bake Along! I'm so lucky to know you first, then Lena & Joyce as you have always been mentioning their names in this Bake Along!

  29. What a great post! what a gorgeous cake!!
    Mary x

  30. What a fun group! The cake looks delicious and your pictures are beautiful!

  31. Zoe look absolutely delicious!!!

  32. this looks gorgeous and so delicious. love the combo of berries and cream. YUM!

  33. Yummy!! These look soo good, Happy Birthday, Bake-a-long! :-)

  34. Happy Anniversary to Bake Along! What a sweet delicious cake with lovely strawberries! Love your pictures , they look so beautiful! :)

  35. Happy anniversary you guys!
    The cake looks delicious. The melting icing just adds to the "I want to eat it RIGHT NOW" feeling I had when I saw this. Looks SO good.

  36. Congratulations, Zoe! The cake looks amazing - a perfect treat for celebration! I nominated you for an award. You can read about it on my blog and check out the details on the site http://foodstoriesblog.com/food-stories-award/ . Have a wonderful day! xoxo

  37. I love how simple but yet how beautiful this cake looks. It gave me the feeling of Christmas, LOL.
    The strawberries surrounding the candles makes it looks like a candlelit wreath.

    Bake Along is a very good event and I like the topics suggested, it does give some good challenge and some brain juices to be squeezed.
    Happy Big 1 to Bake Along and I believe there'll be more to come

  38. I am drooling when I see such a ripe and red strawberry country cake. It is too lovely.

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  40. Zoe, te s'berry country cake is good!!! my gals will definitely love it... will give yr recipe a try soon:)

  41. Looks so scrumptious that I can already taste it from here.

  42. Happy Birthday to Bake Along..that is one gorgeous treat!!! ;)

  43. This is pretty much the cake I make every year for my own birthday! I don't put lemon or orange zest in so maybe I'll have to try it!

  44. Hopefully, I will join in for the crumble. Strawberries are always the special addition and yours looks like a special cake. I am wondering if my husband would consider eating it despite the cream. He does love strawberries but is fussy about icing and filling.

  45. Aw! Don't you love celebrating events? Always a good time. This cake reminds me of a cake illustrated in one of my books when I was a child. Yum!

  46. Hi Zoe, Happy 1st anniversary to our Blog Along..:D
    I am glad, i am among the 'blog alongketters'..LOL
    I learn a lot and get to know new baking friends by following this Blog Along Event, i am quite new here..though..hehe
    Thanks to you, Lena and Joyce for hosting Blong Along events.
    Again, Happy Birthday to Blog Along..

  47. Hi Zoe, continue my comment..lol
    Your strawberry shortcake is so lovely and it low fat some more.
    Would like to have a piece..^^

  48. I kind of wish it was my birthday!

  49. Happy Birthday Bake Along! What fun! This cake looks like such a perfectly delicious summer treat! I want to make it now! We eat a lot of strawberries in our house and this would be a smash hit!

  50. Happy birthday to your blog, Zoe! What a fabulous celebratory cake :)