Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Today...the sun is shining ...a gentle breeze is in the air...the fragrant scent of flowers surround me as I work in the garden...it is a perfect day...the sky is blue and the yard has now come alive with birdsong and color...the Hawthorne trees are in bloom...one in magenta... and another in white...both of which are favored by the birds... the Clematis is making it's late spring appearance...

as is the Columbine...

the rhododendrons are in full bloom...filled with bumblebees busily going about their business...tomorrow the heat and humidity arrive...summer is on our doorstep...in a few weeks it will be berry picking season...strawberries sweet and tender...so with that in mind I offer you Martha Stewart's recipe for Strawberry Cake...it's flavor...like a big old sugar cookie...enhanced by sweet strawberries...a perfect springtime recipe...

Martha's Strawberry Cake-Makes One 10-Inch Cake

6Tablespoons Butter Softened, Plus More For Pie Plate

1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour

1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 Large Egg

1/2 Cup Milk

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1 Pound Strawberries, Hulled and Halved

Preheat oven to 350. Butter 10 inch pie plate or cake pan, sift four, baking powder and salt together into a medium bowl.

Blend softened butter and one cup sugar in a bowl, blend about three minutes, then mix egg, milk, and vanilla.

Gradually mix in the flour mixture. Transfer batter to buttered pie or cake pan. Arrange strawberries on the top of batter, with cut sides facing down, sprinkle remaining sugar over top.

Bake cake for ten minutes at 350, then reduce temperature to 325. Bake until cake is golden brown and firm to touch, about one hour. Let cool on a wire rack. Cake can be stored at room temperature loosely covered for up to two days.



Kim said...

Beautiful photos today. I can never seem to keep strawberries around long enough to cook with. I just sprinkle a little sugar and eat right out of the bowl :)

Larkrise garden girl said...

What a nice post! I have to try that recipe,Cheri

Patty Patterson said...

Beautiful pictures. I love a pretty garden and wish I could have flowers of every kind. My yard is just not quite big enough.

Jacque. said...

ohhhhhh...thanks for the recipe...it looks yummy! And, I love your flowers! Have a great week.

Rowan said...

Gorgeous flower pictures, I have a pink hawthorn in my front garden and love seeing it flower in the spring. I'm less enthusiastic when all the dead petals start falling all over my car. Fine if it's dry but they make an awful mess if it rains:) And the Strawberry Sugar Cake recipe - thank you:)

acorn hollow said...

Love the flower pictures and your cake looked yummmy in the last post. we are in for the heat the next couple of days. I have my spot on the porch all picked out:)

Courtney said...

Such a lush garden! I love this time of year! Thanks for the yummy cake recipe!

Julia said...

Oh my, what beautiful flowers. Everyone is posting strawberry recipes and I can't have any. boo- hoo... JB

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Gosh, I don't know how I found you, maybe it was through Pondside's blog, but I am GLAD I found you.

Now I've added you to my blog list and become a follower so you don't disappear from my limited radar.

Half of every year I live in South Bristol. Maine is the place of my heart.

Love the strawberry pie recipe. I am harvesting about a pound or two every morning. I am beginning to look like one. Time to make pie.

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Your Spring flowers are just stunning! Thanks for the recipe, I checked out your previous post and it looks delicious!

I was curious, will those chickens calm down or will they continue to be brats?

It's hotter than hades at my home today!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Your flowers are beautiful! This is such a wonderful time of year for the gardens.
That recipe sounds yummo!
Pug hugs :)

Samantha said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos...

rockriverstitches said...

Beautiful Flower photos! That recipe sounds yummy!!!


Terry and Linda said...

You flowers are beautiful! Do you have a pastel garden?


Peacemom said...

Oh, picking strawberries this week, so gonna make this cake. Looks delicious! ~Vonnie