Oh! The smell of this cake baking throughout the house is absolutely amazing. It is an aphrodisiac to the male senses. This is my husband’s very favorite thing. I normally make this with peaches, but they are not in season right now. Strawberries happen to be on sale for $1 a pound here. I substituted one pound of strawberries for the peaches. I think that makes this cake less than $2 to make.
The recipe is from the lovely Ina Garten. Here is the link.
You will never regret making this cake. It poofs up like magic in the oven. It is a cinch to whip together. Even with time accounted to chop the fruit, the cake cannot take more than ten minutes to make. It is delicious. You will be a hero. Ina Garten’s recipe states it should bake for 50-55 minutes. My cake took 83 minutes to bake in the oven at 325 convect bake. Make sure your toothpick comes out clean. At 55 minutes, my cake was still very jiggly in the middle. And, whilst I have nothing against jiggly… afterall, I am that very adjective myself… I do not want a jiggly cake.
I serve it straight out of the oven with vanilla ice cream spooned on top. The peach cake is better than the strawberry version. I will post pictures of that one in the summer. Until then, what could be better than warm cinnamon and sugar cake melded with strawberries and creamy cold ice cream melting in your mouth?… I cannot think of anything.
I think Ina Garten is amazing for coming up with this recipe. Enjoy!