What compliments the British summer time better than a bowlful of succulent, sweet strawberries?
Plump and juicy, perfect with a little sugar and a splash of soya cream. Or in a delicious, creamy breakfast smoothie. Or in a beautiful vanilla and strawberry loaf cake!
A little bit like banana bread (without the banana, bleurgh!), this cake is crusty on the outside and marvellously mmm…. mmmoi, mooiss…. nope, I can’t say it. That word is too GROSS!
Unlike this cake, which is gorgeous and has a centre which is the opposite of dry :p
Vanilla and strawberry cake
|2 x cups flour||3 x tsp vanilla essence|
|1 x tsp baking powder||0.5 x cup vegetable oil|
|0.5 x tsp bicarbonate of soda||0.5 x cup soya milk|
|1 x tsp salt||0.5 x tsp cider vinegar|
|1 x tbsp. white sugar||1 x cup chopped strawberries (30 – 40 strawbs)|
|2 x tbsp. maple syrup||Plus extra for decoration.|
Pre-heat the oven to 170oC.
De-stem and chop the strawberries. Place in a bowl and mix with the sugar before mashing slightly. Leave to one side.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, bicarb, baking soda and salt with a wooden spoon.
Next, stir in the strawberries and wet ingredients. Keep stirring until thoroughly mixed. You should end up with a thick and glossy batter that is smooth apart from the strawberry chunks.
Pour into a greased baking tin and wrap in foil.
Bake for 50 – 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Be sure to take the foil off the cake after 30 minutes.
When ready, leave to stand for 5 mins before turning out of the tin onto a cooling rack. Once cooled, you can add the icing.
|3 x tbsp. icing sugar|
|1 x tsp vanilla essence|
|1 x tsp soya milk|
Put the icing sugar into a bowl and add the vanilla essence. Stir in the soya milk a little at a time until a thick but spreadable paste is formed. Spread over the cake and decorate with slices of strawberry.
And the perfect way to enjoy this cake is with a nice cuppa tea, whilst watching a couple of bouncing bunnies ♥ Here’s introducing my Bezzie’s wonderful little furry friends. These fella’s eat even more kale than I do!