June strawberries & sweet treats

June’s fruitful bounty is one of the sweetest of the summer thanks to 🍓 strawberry season. 

This vanilla cake base is exceptionally easy to prepare. When this cake is combined with fresh fruit like these strawberries befor going in the oven, it becomes a perfect, well-balanced sweet treat.

What are your favorite fruits to bake when in season?

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This is the exact 9″ pie plate photographed in this recipe. It’s held up over many years of continual baking and serving. 

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Strawberry Vanilla Cake

This cake is the perfect treat with just a hint of vanilla. It has an ideal balance of sweetness with fresh fruit. It can be stored, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days. Related

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 1h
  • Total Time: 1h 20m
  • Servings: 6 people


  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature for pie plate
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and halved

Whipped Cream

  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter the inside of a 10-inch pie pan, or deep 9" pie pan.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter and 1 cup sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing just until smooth.
  3. Pour into prepared pie plate. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, closely together in a single layer (feel free to overlap them). Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries.
  4. Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake cake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out free of wet batter from the center of the cake, about 50 minutes to 60 minutes. (Gooey strawberries on the tester are of course fine!) Let cool in pan on a rack. Cut into wedges. Optionally serve with lightly whipped cream.

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Lara Littlefield

Lara Littlefield writes code at Simmer, currently in Boston, MA. Twitter: @laralfield.

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